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Racism against Immigrants on the Rise Nationally

(photo credit: Boston Herald)

Wow! I usually never notice the Boston Herald, but today as I walked by the newstand at my T (subway) stop, I did a double take when I saw the front page with the headline "Mass. Cracks Down on Illegals." It looks like Arizona's brand of anti-immigrant racism is trying to make its way across the country.

Let's do a quick break down of the image on this front page and all the racism that it carries with it.

-Black woman - "No Welfare" - This seems directly taken from Ronald Reagan's lie of a "welfare queen".

-Latino man - "No Tuition" - I'm assuming this is in reference to the fight for the DREAM Act, which would allow bright young immigrants the right to public education. Interestingly, the largest group of undocumented immigrant college students in the U.S. are actually Asian. But clearly, this issue is racialized as a Latino issue.

-Asian man - "No Medicaid" - This one's a little more deep, but I quickly made the link between the idea of public health and the historical stereotype of Asians as carriers of disease, which was one of the arguments made in the 1800s in favor of anti-Asian immigration laws.  Even a few years ago, when SARS was big in the news, the image of diseased Asians came back in full force. If you want to get academic about it, you can read all about Asian Americans as "biopolitical" subjects in articles and books by Professor Aihwa Ong at Berkeley.

Two important things to point out about the racism exhibited on this front cover.

1. The Irish make up the largest number of "illegals" in the Northeast. Where's the picture of an Irish person?

2. What a slap in the face that on the top of the cover is an ad for the Boston Herald Workplace Diversity Job Fair!

Seems like with the Jan Brewer's signing of SB 1070 in  Arizona, all the racist anti-immigrant powers that be feel safe to come out with crap like this!

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aujean (not verified) on Tue, 04/27/2010 - 07:23
Wow thanks for posting this. Omg this is super insane...
Kennedy on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 21:59

I believe that all of us are equal. If we want to see our country progressive we must learn how to accept each other and set aside our own differences. Other nations possess the very same political concerns we appear to have throughout America. Recently the Britain Prime Minister was caught calling Gillian Duffy, a previous council worker, a bigoted woman. The Gordon Brown bigoted remark has started lots of conflict that might result in a hung parliament at their upcoming elections. Gordon Brown did try to apologize proclaiming he was referring to a remark she made about their immigration issues. Sadly, Gillian Duffy backed Brown, and has now said she no more supports him anymore; making his opposition gain some ground.

Anonymous Coward (not verified) on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 14:40



If I remember Spam Fried Rice went out of her way to find the issue of "Race" in the murder of Annie Le, even through there was no evidence; this latest killing of an Indian doctor at Yale by a Chinese person has not seemed to have "outraged" spam fried rice that much


wonder why????????/

Calvin Prashad on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 18:19

To anon:

You cant expect people to be outraged at everything, all the time.  Where are the racial overtones in that case?  What does this have to do with this blog post?

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