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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #51)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 12:05 AM

62. Actually, he flat out said it did happen...

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I hope I still keep learning and growing, even now at age 54 and hopefully, up until the day I die. I've gone through many learning experiences and processes. From a small Catholic farming town where I learned from the nuns that "publics are bad" and we have to "save pagan babies." To the stifling racist homophobic suburbs of Ohio and Delaware. In each place I was fortunate to have a critical influence that expanded my thinking. That enabled me to move beyond the prejudices of my community. But I was lucky and I had supportive liberal parents that encouraged, not only my intellectual expansion beyond my community but championed my bravery to standing up against conventional thought.

In Catholic school we were handed out a small coloring book that described that lazy smelly habits of Mexicans. Yes, we had to color in pictures of in a racist xenophobic book which pictured drunk, dirty, lazy Mexicans. The images represented stuck with me. They disturbed my thoughts and dreams that were amplified as a result of anti-undocumented worker rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans. And finally, when I moved to Southern California, and worked with immigration justice orgs and activists and visited Mexico many times, my disturbing thoughts and dreams were, thankfully, dispelled by the reality of human beings.

That is, I was able to address and overcome ignorance by being confronted with reality. And that is what Greenwald means when he says that "no one was reading" his blog. He wasn't challenged for his conventional thinking that permeates both political parties when it comes to Mexico, Mexicans, and our approach to undocumented workers. Both parties pander to prejudices and prejudice is more common than otherwise. Any provocative engaged blogger, like Greenwald, interacts with their audience, it was (and is for some) a distinguishing characteristic of blogging... learning and growing with your intelligent readers. When Greenwald states, "no one was reading my blog", he means there was no one there to challenge his conventional thinking.

A final point I'd like to make. Undocumented workers are regularly characterized on this board (and throughout the U.S.) as "illegals." I've been protesting, on DU and elsewhere, this designation of human beings as "illegal" for many years to little avail. Greenwald has learned and grown and publicly owned up to his ignorance. DU, as a community, in my opinion, continues to perpetuate ignorance by allowing human beings to be labeled "illegal."

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