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north america / mexico | migration / racism | opinion / analysis Tuesday April 10, 2007 14:41 by prolecat - Capital Terminus Collective
Southerners champion a rugged work ethic. Nothing says “good ole boy” like a hard day’s labor, for the benefit of family. So why the hostility when Juanita and Hector come looking for work? The media claims we’re outraged, because jumping border fences shows disrespect for the law. Yeah, right. Pass the corn liquor, hand me the doobie, and tell me about Southerner’s respect for legality. No, the anger must have another source.
Only a few Southerners are virulently racist, personally insecure, threatened by those who look and sound different. So how to account for the rest, the grumbling majority who neither worship at the feet of cops and politicians while babbling about the “rule of law”, nor cower at the sight of dark skin? What is our problem?