Quote, Originally Posted by Snow-i
I mean, its human nature to group and to oppose those you see as part of "another group." It's an unconscious us vs them syndrome that can only be deconstructed through exposure which can turn to conscious ignorance. Everyone does it. You, me, everyone. It's just a question of what issues we are sensitive towards and how sensitive we are towards those issue. So yes, I agree, it has a history dating back to the beginning of human civilization - but needs a catalyst, and I believe that today, had we gotten our shit together with the border, you wouldn't see it nearly as much.
But yeah, I believe the bigotry has come about because the general public associates illegals with mexicans, putting them in the "them" group. Congress continues to fail to address the issue, causing the bigoted minority to be the loudest and most obscene (and therefore most publicized).
I'm in general agreement with your analysis here. My only quibble would be the ummm ... "contradiction" is too strong a term .... perhaps a better word would be the "inconsistency" between two statements you made. Namely ....
"It's just a question of what issues we are sensitive towards and how sensitive we are towards those issues".
"...and I believe that today, had we gotten our shit together with the border, you wouldn't see it nearly as much."
I say that because from the genesis of US society (and even European society since the 16th century) the predominant "issue we are sensitive towards"
has always been race. Certainly there was a time when inter-ethnic strife was a major issue in America between Anglo-Saxons and later immigrant groups like the Irish, Italians, Polish, etc. But even that was trumped by the overriding issue of the color line
which for most of US history would put a native-born African-American or Latino-American on a lower rung of the societal pecking order than a European immigrant fresh off the boat. So my only contention here is that "getting our shit together with the border"
would make little difference to those who remain "sensitive towards such issues"
. Because even if we had the same level of immigrants coming from south of the border LEGALLY ... we would definitely "see it just as much"
from that segment of the population because the anxiety over the "browning of America" is the larger (and often unspoken) issue more so than then "legality" of the immigration itself.