The misnomer of “people of color” / Hispanics lumped in with Muslim migrants during protests

Still thinking on those articles I read last night from the local newspaper about the protest staged downtown over immigration issues. What I find particularly uncomfortable in all of that, though I may have stated it in last night’s post on here already, is how the situation is being framed publicly as pertaining mostly to Hispanic immigrants yet Muslim immigrants wind up quietly included in the discussion as well. That gives me pause since these ethnic groups are not one and the same, not by a long shot. Because both happen to be minorities in terms of population here, and also because both groups possess skin tones containing a bit more melanin than commonly found among those of Irish or Scottish descent, still DOES NOT automatically equate with them deserving to be lumped in the same classification. Yes, both groups contain migrants, illegal or otherwise, and that’s where the similarities end. Their religions drastically differ, as do their lifestyles and general work ethics (from what evidence shows). As does their potential to become true allies with Western citizens.

This has me a bit unnerved honestly. That Muslim immigrants were slid into these conversations under the common banner of “people of color” without any hesitation or discussion on the differences in threat levels pertaining to members among these varied demographics is unsettling. To be pressured to become a “sanctuary” state essentially for Hispanic persons is one thing (and even there we need to consider the different national origins included under the banner of Hispanic since obviously not all are Mexican natives — Colombian concerns being a separate line of inquiry there), but to have that extended to far-flung “refugees” from Middle Eastern and African nations strikes me as too broad of an initiative. Hispanics quite often are Catholics and therefore compatible with Judeo-Christian ethics common to the West. Muslim Arabs and Africans obviously are not and instead aim to implement their Sharia Law wherever they settle (seeing as how they do not seem capable or willing to separate law and order from their religious convictions). The latter express little to no interest in assimilating in the cultures they migrate into and yet seem keenly interested in propagating their native religious edicts wherever they roam even in blatant defiance of the laws of Western nations. This creates an incompatible conundrum.

It strikes me as unfair that all so-called “people of color” be categorized as one when it is so undeniably clear how much these ethnic groups do differ. And I am concerned that Hispanic people will wind up tarred and feathered (so to speak) right along with the Muslim factions hidden within these movements and protests because they will appear to be apologists on their behalf. Yet plenty (if not most) of these Hispanic persons themselves would prove incompatible with Muslim migrants and their ambitions once they better understand them. It looks to me like SJWs are combining these varied groups to push their own political objectives without taking into serious consideration how this will impact the very ethnic groups they claim to be trying to protect the interests of. In the case of Hispanics, the language barrier prevents some of those migrants from thoroughly comprehending the ways in which they are being used to suit others’ political causes.

Each ethnic group would be better served by remaining separate and distinct and focusing on the issues specific to their own group. Because otherwise they’ll just wind up being dragged into political battles that don’t directly pertain to them and that might tarnish their image in the eyes of the public when it’s completely unnecessary and of no benefit to them. Let the Muslim migrants fend for themselves on the public stage rather than sneaking them in under the cloak of “people of color” that are in actuality predominantly Hispanic protests. Muddies the water to do otherwise, and it will only further complicate Hispanic people’s dilemma. Especially once more of them awaken to the realization of who they’ve been assigned as bed-fellows through these nonprofit organizations claiming to be doing their bidding.

It’s an uncomfortable situation brewing currently. I won’t pretend I’m not a bit irritated with my former volunteer organization and the role it’s playing in muddling these matters. Well-intended as I don’t doubt they are. Still. This, to me, is just further evidence of how political ambitions can cloud one’s judgment and wind up making a bigger mess, especially for the people they primarily set out to help in the first place. Mexicans and other Hispanics need not be lumped in with Muslim migrants and doing so will very likely cause them greater problems on down the road. But I suppose they get to learn that the hard way. Won’t claim skin off the backs of employees within such nonprofit organizations since they are already legal citizens without a dog of their own directly in this fight, despite all their hand-wringing and virtue-signaling. It won’t be them who potentially face deportation, and it won’t be their livelihoods that wind up jeopardized in the end. They’ll just move on to another social justice issue and try to find a way to become relevant there. And on and on it goes.

The concern I personally extend toward the Hispanic community isn’t equal to that which I extend to the Muslim community. And I doubt I am alone in feeling this way. So combining these disparate groups together under one umbrella will likely only serve to hinder the objectives of Hispanics wishing to continue residing within the U.S. And I can’t see how that’s fair to them.

Back to music in mid-February 2017 (plus thoughts for the evening)

Had a nice evening. My former stopped over for dinner (the first time in many months since he’s been over here) and to spend time with the kitty. She adores him. They have their own little games they play that I just can’t recreate for her in as exciting of a manner. Tonight I decided to try my hand at a recipe I haven’t attempted in probably 5 years now: Chicken Pot Pie Stew. It comes together in a crockpot cooked on low for about 5 hours. Into it went two skinless/boneless chicken breasts, 1 can of cream of chicken, 1 can of cream of potato, 1 bag of mixed frozen vegetables, a small bag of tiny potatoes cut into halves, seasoning salts, fresh-pressed garlic, nearly 2 cups of milk, onion powder (should’ve added more of that), salt and pepper — served with biscuits on the side (went with Immaculate Baking Co.’s organic flaky biscuits since they are tasty and so much easier than attempting to make homemade biscuits — will leave that to my Grandma, great as hers always are). Turned out well enough. Not fabulous but pretty darn good. Easy meal for a winter night (though it doesn’t feel like winter here lately, crazily enough for this month when we’d normally be knee-deep in snow).

Headed back to his place for a few brews while watching the show Cops. Heh  Yeah, we’re super-cool like that. cool  Chatted about memories from Memphis and New Orleans trips and he reminisced about his run-ins with local cops back in the day (nearly two decades ago). Casual Friday night chit-chat before he headed to bed to rest up after a long, hard work-week. And now I am back home with a few tunes on the brain, per my norm.

One that keeps running through my mind this week is Moby’s “One of These Mornings”:

Beautiful song. Comes back across my radar from time to time.

While over at his place I did read a couple articles in last week’s newspaper, and come to find out the two main stories on the front page both relate with a woman I used to volunteer alongside in that Quaker peace-community organization years back. She’s a Hispanic woman from a South American country (if memory serves me right) who offers counsel to other local Hispanics (who make up our largest minority in this city and state). There’s local talk about trying to turn our public schools into “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrant students. These are K-12 schools, not colleges as I’ve heard about in states like California. But one article stated that the agreement they arrived at does not block school officials from cooperating with federal immigration officials if ever contacted by them, though they have yet to ever be contacted by ICE officials, the article reported. So it appears to mostly be a symbolic gesture in that regard, which I don’t have a major problem with so long as it’s not taken too far beyond that. I’m cool with the Hispanic residents we have around here and have never had trouble of any sort with any of them. Seem like fine people to me. Many of them work very hard and aim to stay out of criminal mischief, so that’s good. BUT problems do arise when it comes to the question of receiving government aid and whatnot — it’s a matter that will have to be reckoned with and sorted out as time goes on. Just so that it can be resolved and handled in an effective manner, hopefully.

Anyway, there was a fairly large protest staged downtown recently, come to find out, where reportedly hundreds of migrant Hispanics and Muslims and their allies showed up trying to press for more “sanctuary” measures in this state. Heard about it the other day but rarely go downtown and so didn’t see the protest myself. This woman I used to volunteer alongside with is proving to be a focal point in these stories because she provides legal and social aid to Hispanic immigrants, some of whom she claims are receiving more discrimination “over the last 9 months” (to quote from the article) than ever before in this city. Hard to imagine since I’ve never heard anyone here locally express anything but respect toward our Hispanic residents (and people do seem to love to tell me their racial grievances behind closed doors). Have heard some grumbling about some of the Muslims here, but that’s obviously a separate matter since they belong to completely separate cultures and religions. The concerns she relayed didn’t sound terrible. No beatings or attacks. Claims of some bullying in schools, whatever that might amount to. We’re a relatively crime-free area, particularly on this side of town, and so I’m imagining some classmates probably said some rude stuff to one another over the Trump election. As is to be expected among youths. We weren’t any nicer toward one another in the ’80s or ’90s, I promise you that much.

Still, I can see where she’s aiming to make her organization and her position within it seem more relevant in light of current mainstream media hysteria. Not that she seemed to have many local stories to work with or at least didn’t describe specific cases where we might become alarmed. All this pushing for “sanctuary” protection from the federal government is kinda odd though. Our state has been good about taking in refugees in the past, and we’re overall a pretty dang friendly community. Lots of caring people around who aren’t squalling to have people deported — quite the contrary. Myself included, when it comes to law-abiding Hispanics in particular. So when she says that some of her people don’t feel as safe here anymore, I’m wondering how much of that has to do with their perceptions changing due to current events in the news. Because locally we seem to be very abiding and helpful and not looking to sabotage these folks’ interests for nefarious reasons. Probably couldn’t ask for a better community than the one we’ve stumbled upon here. I know my gratitude has been growing since relocating to this area a little over a decade back. Good economy, plenty of job opportunities, friendly residents for the most part, low crime rate (compared to plenty of other big cities), greater respect for social freedom (in terms of choice of religion, political views and sexual orientation, especially compared to small towns in the Deep South), good quality utility companies and road crews and the like, etc. PLUS the cops and city councilpersons interviewed in the articles expressed care about hearing from their ethnic communities and stated they shouldn’t be afraid to report crimes regardless of their immigration status. This is probably the best a lot of us out here can hope for, so why people keep complaining over every little thing they can find to niggle about (on the front page of the local newspaper, no less) remains a bit of a mystery to me. Not saying that in anger, just in earnest.

Sometimes we’re better off counting our blessings. For they too might be gone one day…

Returning to music. Ground Up’s “People”:

Footage there was from my last South-bound trek back in 2016. Probably already posted that song on here before, but it’s still playing regularly in my car.

A song I have yet to entirely tire of, Red Rider’s “Lunatic Fringe”:

Lunatic fringe
In the twilight’s last gleaming
This is open season
But you won’t get too far
Cause you gotta blame someone
For your own confusion
We’re on guard this time
(On guard this time)
Against your final solution …

We all contain gremlins. Bad ideas, bad inclinations. Troublesome desires at times. Rage and wrath. Comes with the territory of being human. Good to ponder on that during calm moments too.

“Lord Have Mercy On Me” by Junior Kimbrough:

Another playing regularly in my car in recent months. Never tire of that one in particular. A prayer in a song.

“Burnin’ Sky” by Bad Company:

That one plays in my car regularly too.

Another personal favorite, “Ride With Yourself” by Rhino Bucket:

Footage there shown from my 2013 South-bound trek.

Another good one, “It Keeps You Runnin'” by The Doobie Brothers:

“Song to the Siren” by This Mortal Coil:

Very pretty song. Solemn and humbling. Like a prayer unto itself.

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve:

Loved that one since it came out in the late ’90s. Never tire of it.

I can’t change my mold. No, no no …

Have you ever been down? …

Another I rarely tire of, “Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles” by Captain Beefheart:

Far as I can see she loves me …

I can’t see what she sees in a man like me, but she says she loves me …

Hmmm…

“Mea Culpa” by Enigma:

Sometimes we prove to be the “bad guys” in other people’s lives, whether we set out to do so intentionally or not. Stupid decisions can leave marks for many years, come to find out. Doesn’t require an external authority to teach one this lesson either. And sometimes our pain winds up being our best teacher. Hard lessons learned can prove to be a godsend.

“Mass RAPE in Cologne Germany : Refugees STILL Welcome!”

Hey Feminists! In case you haven’t figured it out by now, here’s your actual “rape culture.”

Frickin’ makes me sick every time I read or listen to news about what’s been happening in Germany under that lunatic Angela Merkel. I cannot understand why their citizens continue to tolerate all that. Why hasn’t that woman been removed from office along with whatever cronies aided and abetted her policies?

Then we look to Sweden and the UK and it’s further depressing. Nothing good is coming from this mass immigration of so-called “refugees.” And I am not convinced those in power ever intended this move to have a positive impact on the native citizenry. How could they? The values fundamentally differ, and so many of those immigrants express absolutely no desire to assimilate into their host countries’ cultures. So fuck ’em. Leave them wherever you found them. Comes a point where it’s not our problem. They lack respect completely, so that’s on them. They’ll threaten to radicalize but so far as I can tell they will likely do that regardless, or at least will generally sympathize with others who do so. And that’s horseshit. So fuck ’em. Let them fight for their freedoms and beliefs in their own native countries outside of the West. They don’t want or deserve help, not when they keep acting like that and carrying out violence against the host country’s population.

For the love of God, please don’t bring any more of that bullshit to the U.S. We have enough problems of our own domestically without needing to be vigilantly on the lookout for criminal Muslims lacking all respect for our culture and civilization!

Seriously, FUCK THEM. And fuck the brain-dead feminists who continue to argue on their behalf and bully others into importing them here and elsewhere. If these feminists actually gave a damn about “rape culture” they wouldn’t be doing this! But they don’t care about us. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT OTHER WOMEN’S SAFETY! They only care about their stupid fucking political ideology! Period.

Sad but seriously true.

“GRAPHIC ! – Migrant Muslims ‘Adapting’ to European Societies”

“Court Ignores Law, Affirms Ban on President Trump’s Immigration Restrictions | True News”

Been appreciating Stefan Molyneux’s videos in recent times where he focuses on international and American political issues.

“President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” | What They Won’t Tell You!”

Surprised to find myself agreeing with Stefan Molyneux’s videos so often lately. He’s a more reasonable man when he’s not caught up on gender ideologue rants and referring to women as a bunch of parasites.

Anyway…yes, bombing the hell out of select countries and then inviting their military-age men to resettle in our country is stupid and severely problematic. Setting aside, for a moment, their social welfare demands once on our soil.

It looks to me like a sure recipe for undermining one’s own society and civilization.

“The Right is a tad lost on Trump”

Individualism vs. collectivism / fascism and communism and our resistance

Couldn’t agree more with this man’s talk here:

First video by him I’ve watched thus far.

Another good video I viewed this evening was Styxhexenhammer666’s “Anti-Antifa and Similar Movements Have Begun to Proliferate and Grow”:

I’m a fan and subscriber of Styx’s channel for a few months now. Very much in agreement with his message there. We do have to concern ourselves about public perception and sticking to principles. The Left as a movement has gone off the rails. Communism remains alive and well obviously. Western values and civilizations are under attack by this. BUT, our role now is to respond only and properly in self-defense. They have a right to free speech as well, though they behave like a bunch of bigots in aiming to restrict and disrupt the free speech of others, like Milo Yiannopoulos.