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A Racist for Governor?

by Francisco Frias Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 1:37 AM
mymailboxwontbeflooded@yahoo.com

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When Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he wanted every person in California to have a fantastic job, I thought it was funny. However, hispanics should ask if his vision includes us. Until recently one could not accuse Arnold Schwarzenegger of being a racist, since he has not participated in the discussion of social and political issues on a public level, and besides, he doesn’t even vote in most elections. But he’s starting to smell like a racist.

If it were not for his Republican colleague Darrell Issa, an ardent supporter of proposition 187 and chief financer of the movement to recall Gray Davis, he wouldn’t have the opportunity to be a candidate. Additionally, the principal architect of proposition 187, Pete Wilson, is now in charge of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s campaign, and this Sunday let it be known that Arnold Schwarzenegger was for proposition 187 and voted for it. Also, a substantial part of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s support will undoubtedly come from people who would like to see proposition 187 instituted in the state of California, some of who actively work to bring this about. People who with all seriousness tell you that immigration is destroying the state of California.

Proposition 187, based on the erroneous belief that immigrants are the root cause of California’s problems, and that we simply use resources without contributing to the state, can be classified as patently racist and ignorant. The vast majority of Mexicans, and perhaps the majorities of other groups that come from Latin America, can classify ourselves in one of the following ways. We are illegal, or at one time we were illegal, or we have a parent who is or at one time was illegal, or we have a grandparent who is or at one time was illegal. An attack on the dignity of an illegal person is a direct attack on our own dignity for most of us, irrespective of our legal status.

However, let us discuss what we contribute. Let’s take the case of agriculture. It is the base of the economy of the state of California. It’s the sector of the economy that has the largest multiplier effect. It is largely sustained by the labor and the sweat of illegal Mexican immigrants. And I say largely because there are a lot of legal residents who work in this industry as well. These workers create a large part of the wealth of this state as well as a large part of the wealth of their native country through the remittances they send. And they have been doing it for decades. They cultivate and harvest the food Mr. Schwarzenegger eats, which must be a lot, and additionally they feed the nation as well as a considerable part of the world through their work. But Issa, Wilson, and Schwarzenegger along with legions of their supporters have the insolence to say that we do not contribute. That we are a problem. Please. Say that some of us are brown. That some of us don’t speak English. That some of us came to this country with little formal education. That some of us are illegal. All these things are true. And we have an expression which is an adequate response. So what? But to say that we are a charge upon the state and that we do not contribute is a lie designed to mask the fact that they are racists. After all, what did we come to this country for if not to work?

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I've changed! Arnold Schwarzenegger Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 1:53 AM
SHOOT IMMIGRANTS CROSSING OUR BORDERS Squib Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 4:08 AM
No Borders From On High Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 7:53 AM
Gov voter Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 12:08 PM
Francisco Frias reader Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 1:26 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 2:29 PM
Thanks Francisco Captain America Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 7:26 PM
Wrong fresca Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 3:40 AM
shut up frescunt systemfailure Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 4:01 AM
shut up frescunt systemfailure Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 4:01 AM
Fresca fresca Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 3:37 PM
Schooltime fresca Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 6:30 PM
lets see here systemfailure Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 7:47 PM
illegals and taxes legal Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 3:29 AM
math? anonymous Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 3:50 AM
re:semantics Proud to Say Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 2:06 PM
re:semantics Proud to Say Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 2:06 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 4:38 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 5:34 PM
As I said, its not racist KOBE Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 6:49 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 7:38 PM
Something you dont understand there? KOBE Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 7:54 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 8:09 PM
OneEyedMoron IRS Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 12:00 AM
Latina Stephanie Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 12:09 PM
WHAT!!!! Stephanie Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 12:20 PM
Shut up, stupid bitch. Legal American Citizen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 1:21 PM
SHOCKED U.S. CITIZEN Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 2:36 PM
No intente convencerme de que la inmigración ilegal sea buena para mi país. Legal American Citizen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 3:20 PM
CUIDADANA AMERICANA STEPHANIE Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 4:44 PM
Steph doyourduty Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 5:00 PM
Mi Ciudadanía Americana es más importante KOBE Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 5:23 PM
LO QUE TU DIGAS TU PALABRA CONTRA LA MIA Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 5:58 PM
Shut up, bitch... FA Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:26 PM
I am sorry I called you a bitch, okay? Legal American Citizen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:33 PM
WHAT doyourduty Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:36 PM
Ah...but you dont understand Legal American Citizen (KOBE) Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:49 PM
bueno If that is your opinion Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:56 PM
Enough! Stop the Gravey Train! Boxcutter Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 7:18 PM
Hel--looooo! That's what I have been trying to say. Legal American Citizen Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 7:23 PM
The End ok Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 7:55 PM
Why cant you figure it out??? Legal American Citizen (KOBE) Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 10:15 PM
My opinion hispana Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 9:11 AM
Stop being ignorant Boriqua Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 9:52 AM
Stop being ignorant Boriqua Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 9:54 AM
Stop being ignorant Boriqua Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 9:54 AM
Ok Mike Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 5:56 PM
¡Dígalo tienen gusto de él es! Legal American Citizen (KOBE) Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 7:05 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 7:13 PM
Okay, lets be more blunt, shall we? Legal American Citizen (KOBE) Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 7:32 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 7:41 PM
Bush pulled a rabbit out of his hat, didnt he? KOBE SBM Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 8:33 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 8:40 PM
Swarzeneggar WILL win, and you will eat your words (with or without Salsa) KOBE Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 10:00 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 10:16 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2003 at 10:20 PM
We will see. KOBE Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003 at 3:50 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003 at 7:24 PM
KOBE anti-KOBE Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003 at 7:26 PM
racist john Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003 at 8:00 PM
john Critical Thinker Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003 at 8:34 PM
Pull your head out... FA Friday, Sep. 05, 2003 at 11:43 PM
The Myth 1984IShere Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 2:12 AM
FA Critical Thinker Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 12:31 PM
Here y'ar, massah, suh... FA Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 5:53 PM
Here's another one, chief... FA Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 5:56 PM
Whoops, wrong thread! Crud BustaMECHA Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 7:57 PM
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