Friday, April 14, 2006

"Nothing Gringo On May 1." Huh?

Has anyone heard anything about some kind of debate over illegal immigration? Like, it all of a sudden became this huge issue or something?

Yeah, neither had I. But when I recently returned from the Moon, I saw a story on CNN about how illegal immigrants were planning a boycott of U.S. businesses for May 1 as a way of displaying their purchasing power.

The tagline for the effort: "Nothing Gringo on May 1."

A couple of points:

1) Without taking sides on the debate itself, doesn't it feel divisive to not only essentially threaten the very people you want to win over, but to call them a racial slur in the process? What if a bunch of Americans went into Mexico and wanted to stay, and in order to win public support we marched through their streets, waving American flags and calling for a "Boycott the [Insert Mexican Slur Here] Day"? Would that ever be condoned or celebrated? How is this in any way constructive? Answer: it isn't.

2) Three words: Cinco de Mayo! Why not boycott on the de facto day of Mexican independence, especially if you were planning it for that time frame anyway? Isn't that a no-brainer? That's like Christians holding a "Rally for the Birth of Jesus" on December 20. Who's running the show over there?

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Clayton said...

I think that like you, I haven't mustered up the energy to get all worked up about this issue one side or the other but I have to admit that I kind of like being called 'gringo'.


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MSH said...

I think I would like being called Gringo if I was a cowboy in a movie. Like "where you goin, Gringo?" or "That gringo is a deadly pistolier." Otherwise, I just kind of view it as a bad racial slur.

Gary Aiken said...

Indeed, but they are getting smarter. Like, their focus groups realized that: it probably isn't the smartest thing to wave mexican flags at a rally to gain U.S. Citizenship. During the next huge rallies they all had American flags and recited the pledge of allegience. I don't know what the outcome will be, but the winners will most likely be the Chinese.