You may have heard of the young woman who tried to cross the border and was shot in the head for it. It’s now death penalty for crossing a border without a visa. That’s the America of today. And she is not the first or the last.
What a contrast to the preceding centuries of America’s existence, when immigrants were invited by the millions to cheaply build our canals and rail roads, to work our mines and factories under deplorable conditions, to speed up the growth of our country and our industrial revolution, not to mention the wealth of the infamous robber barons and their growing rigged economy, built to make them rich and the rest of us poor — a system that lasts until today and is getting worse again.
Back then, entry permits were not only in abundance, but American recruiter-type agents traveled foreign countries to advertise the promised land of America and beguile more people to come. And our Statue of Liberty echoed this invitation on its famous bronze plaque, asking for the tired and poor, the huddled masses. When the ancestors of those who now call themselves born/true/real Americans came for a marginally better life, they were not shamed for their poverty and criminalized like now. They didn’t meet the death penalty for coming. What a contrast to now!
We don’t only have insane mass shootings committed by flipped-out freaks anymore. We have border (and street) shootings committed by paid agents in uniforms and promoted by the dark elements in our society.
Imagine our ancestors had been shot for coming here. Then many of us wouldn’t exist. For someone like me who wishes he had never been born into our Hell on Earth, being shot dead in the head might almost be desirable. But that sardonic off-the-wall argument which leaves out the suffering of the murder victim’s loved ones and fails to ask the victim for her approval is the only thing I can come up with to try and justify the brutal murder promoted by our politicians and paid for with our taxes — tax money paid not only to pay these malicious murderers but also to settle cases brought to court so they never go to trial where the reputation of our oligarchy might take a hit.
Whenever the kleptocratic-plutocratic oligarchs present us with scapegoats to deflect our anger over the unfair lives into which we have been cast, the inevitable outcome is cruelty committed against those who are already at the bottom of the ladder that is so precariously leaning against the dungheap society the oligarchs have created and wish to maintain as they enjoy their golden thrones at its top… and their countless palaces, luxury yachts, and flying castles… living above the law or shaping the law to legalize their crimes…
Back when the German oligarchs partnered with the then still insignificant Nazi Party to boost it up and use it as a tool to kill democracy in Germany and beyond, the chosen group of scapegoats were the Jews. These days, the chosen scapegoats are migrants like “illegal” (or even thoroughly immigration-law-abiding… after all, who really cares?) immigrants plus desperate refuges fleeing for their lives. Oh, how dare they?!? Does it matter that everybody born into this world wants to live (at least until they give up in anguish or disgust)? Does it matter that many of the oligarchs who forced these people to flee their home countries call themselves American or are best friends with “American” global oligarchs?
Unthinking people can be convinced that it is those weakest of the economically weak who somehow have eliminated good jobs from the U.S. labor market, as if it were them who are sitting in corporate board rooms deciding to close U.S. factories and move them overseas, or deciding to lobby and bribe politicians to let in cheap workers with special visas (oops, those are not “illegal”, imagine that!), or having those same corrupted politicians enact horrible trade treaties like NAFTA which gravely hurt millions upon millions of working people on both sides of our southern border, getting the massive northward migration started in the first place.
People who think way too little and refuse to learn the true causes of their troubles can be sold all sorts of crap. Ancient Roman emperors blamed their people’s problems on the Christians and persecuted them. The Nazis blamed and persecuted the Jews (some of whom went on to treat Palestinians similarly until today). And our nefarious rulers of today blame and persecute migrants. It’s almost funny because ever more U.S. Americans also find themselves forced to migrate for survival, and some are beginning to run into similar problems. You see, the globally jet-setting oligarchs are active elsewhere, too, and as long as we – the people – continue to overlook their harmful presence, blaming helpless migrants instead, the cruelties will continue — including unwarranted shootings and incarcerations of demonstrators (and Blacks); cutting of jobs and healthcare benefits; rigged elections, poisoning of our air, water, and food; the war on Social Security, and so on. It’s what the oligarchic system is set up to do. It will continue to run its course until we defeat it.
Awareness of our root problem and a bright alternative vision for the future coupled with effective strategies are the foundation for true and permanent change. So, let’s spread the word.
Here is a news report on this descent into barbarity:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Border officials change account of fatal shooting“)
P.S.: Spiffy comment left by someone on the Youtube video: “She was an unarmed black man.”
P.P.S.: Another comment: “It is okay if you murder in the U.S as long as you are a white man using guns. When white men shoot up schools or concerts, it is a tragedy. When a person who migrates and leaves their country for a chance of a better life, it is a crime.”
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ““Don’t Treat Us Like Animals:” Outrage Builds After Border Agent Kills Indigenous Guatemalan Woman“)
Related readings elsewhere:
- Claudia Gómez González Wasn’t Killed by a Rogue Border Agent—She Was Killed by a Rogue Agency
- Woman Killed By Border Patrol Identified As Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzales, 20
Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂