When I first saw this ad here in Houston, my jaw hit the floor in denial.Shortly afterward, New Black Woman blog posted it and I knew it wasn't just me.
Is this shit for real????
Oh God why!? Who in the world thought this was a good idea!?
I saw this and was like WHAT?! I smell Republicans + Tea Party behind this one. numbersUSA main premise is "for lower immigration levels." But I bet they are "pro-life." There absolutely nothing about Native Americans on their website. Except this - https://www.numbersusa.com/content/learn/about/our-national-tradition.html. I guess genocide, assimilation, annihilation and extermination of a people is a "national tradition." This organization is just another nasty hetero-patriarchal, racist and colonial organization. Disgusting!
My head met my desk. Again and again.
Between this and the "Howard Stern Exposes Obama Supporters" video, my faith in humanity is hovering around the inner mantle of the earth's crust.
Not sure what to say...WTF indeed.I'm not American but I see it as black Americans especially being discriminated in highly qualified jobs in favour of White Americans. The problem is not with immigrants who mostly seek simple jobs without qualification. In America, and everywhere, anyone can easily find a job if they're willing to not get paid much for something most people don't want to do. That's what many poor immigrants do.As for college graduate immigrants, they do get discriminated too, employers at job interviews can be jerks. I have a friend who immigrated here a few years ago and still gets shit (struggle) when seeking jobs. I don't believe that (white) employers often hand those so conveited jobs to new immigrants so easily like the guy in the video (and many people) think.But all countries do that...putting the blame on the foreigner for all their problems instead of looking in the mirror. It reminds me my aunt...who said something a bit similar to the video and I was like "do you think that the extreme right wing will make a difference between you and an African woman with a foreign accent? None of you is white".
Yep. Along with the low pay is the abuse that some of these immigrants take in doing these jobs. Too often,they look for immigrants who they think won't speak up against the status quo. I also see this video of the White man covering his tracks for his racism.They know that they're losing ground and are looking for Blacks and other POCs to use.What a "good" way to do this by living POCs fight each other in order for him to be/feel empowered.
"As for college graduate immigrants, they do get discriminated too, employers at job interviews can be jerks. I have a friend who immigrated here a few years ago and still gets shit (struggle) when seeking jobs."Exactly. People forget (or refuse to acknowledge) that not all international students who come to the U.S. are wealthy. Most of us have to work twice as hard to be eligible for some of the same scholarships as USians. If we're not awarded scholarships, we pay a HELL of a lot more (either out of pocket, or through predatory lending practices in our own countries). And don't even get me started on the shit that potential (poc) students have to go through to get visas (especially if we're from one of the implicitly or explicitly "blacklisted" countries). So, no it's never been about poc immigrants, no matter what their status.
@ M and Siah: *nods*
Um, let's be honest, when the jobs they want to save for black folk involve taking care of their kids, cleaning their homes, and mowing their grass.When the jobs they want to save for Americans pay a lot and involve computers and stock options, they want to keep those all for themselves.And is brotha man in the video so hard up for acting work that he had to take this gig? I know times are hard if you aren't(as a black man) willing to dress up like and old, loud black lady, but wow...
You brought up a good point about the actor.He should have said no in making this commercial. He just got played.
Dear NumbersUSA.org,You've been thoroughly "got" by the media firm that you paid to produce this ad. Newsflash: we can spot the wedge a mile away.Back to the drawing board on this one, guys. And also ask for your money back. Cheers,A Bemused Black Woman If there weren't so many indigenous folks there, and it was really ours to give, I'd suggest just seceding North Dakota to these folks. 30 acres and a mule to each disaffected, white tea party family. There, they'd be completely free to elect Sarah Palin as their president, and figure out a way to eke out a viable existence in the 21st century while remaining isolated from the world community. I saw this and immediately thought of those right-wing funded anti-abortion campaigns that have been proliferating in black, inner city neighborhoods. They think that we have an almost childlike gullibility and incapacity for critical analysis. But then, so do the Dems. I do think there's a possible upside to these heavy-handed, "Hail Mary" shenanigans. It could be interpreted as desperation. Trading on white supremacy and anti-poc racism is just not a viable electoral strategy in a country whose racial demographics are shifting, and where POC will, in the not too distant future, outnumber white people. Yes, it’s ugly, and it may get uglier. But, maybe we’re really seeing is these folks self-immolate before our very eyes.
Actually, on planet Earth, POC outnumber White people already. In fact, the world is only 10% White. The other 90% is non-White. I would think they would start trying to play nice to POC if they wish to live peacefully.
White folks trying to pit blacks against other POCs to do their racism for them.Sorry, but that shit won't fly.
But it already DOES happen violence from Latinos towards blacks is on the rise and then you have that thug George Zimmerman who is half Latino. A number of Latinos and Asians don't like black people and would sell us out in a minute. Lavern
Right, because white against POC violence is at an all time low. Let's also not forget that Zimmerman got the special treatment he got because his white daddy is a judge. And let's also not forget that the Latino community came out in full force supporting Trayvon Martin getting justice.
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