Were she a sentient being, Lady Liberty would
drop her torch in disgust, bow her head in shame, and erupt
with tears. Portrayed as the gatekeeper to freedom and opportunity,
the sad reality is that her beacon of hope has drawn many into
the predatory system of American Capitalism, providing the White
wealthy elite of the United States with cheap, easily disposable
cogs for their machinery of profit powered by human suffering.
Smugly convinced of their moral superiority and
inalienable right to world domination, America’s ruling White
Patriarchy (and those of the White working and middle classes
who choose to support them) have now decided they have an immigration
problem. Too many “little Brown people” are streaming across
Already feeling overwhelmed by the “cultural contamination”
and diminished White power resulting from rising populations
of “savage” Blacks and Hispanics, the White Americans who still
desperately cling to the absurd notion that they sit atop the
peak of human evolution are desperately demanding further draconian
measures to protect them from their “inferiors.”
To assuage the fears of their privileged constituency,
America’s de facto ruling class is wrangling with numerous potential
solutions. Yet thus far, they have overlooked the obvious: ask
the Native Americans what to do. After all, the White invaders
who forged the American Empire nearly drove the indigenous people
of North America to extinction.
At the very least, the relatively few survivors
of the Native American Genocide could help their White “superiors”
put their comparatively minute problem into perspective by reminding
them that things could be much worse.
While the Caucasian invaders merely murdered
and displaced hundreds of thousands of Native Americans and
held millions of Africans in chattel slavery as they exercised
their “divine right” to build their “Christian,” Capitalist
Empire, many of today’s brown-skinned “marauders” are committing
such heinous acts as working hard, exercising a devotion to
family, and living decent lives.
Wearing their psychological shackles with delight,
the White Americans who truly believe in the myth of their superiority
provide unflinching support for a government of war criminals,
Social Darwinists, and state terrorists seeking to subjugate,
suppress, or eliminate the “Dark Threat” posed by Blacks, Latinos,
Native Americans, and Middle Easterners. While some of the indoctrinated
may not be conscious of their allegiance to evil, they are just
as culpable as those who are.
Fueled by a compulsion to consume, unwavering “patriotic” support
of a militaristic regime drenched in the blood of millions of
murdered civilians, narcissism, xenophobia, racism, and an insatiable
demand for exploiting the rest of the planet to keep them comfortable,
the American Empire’s loyalists are demanding an end to the
“Southern Invasion” of illegal immigrants. Long-term oppression
of Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans persists as Arabs and
Persians find themselves targets of a pernicious racism born
of ignorance and blind acceptance of government propaganda related
to the “War on Terror.”
Sadly, hubris, racism, torture,
state terrorism, and unsurpassed avarice are the hallmarks of
a nation which purports to be a bastion of freedom, justice,
human rights, and equality. Fending off the fierce blizzard
of facts exposing the United States as a ruthless empire, the
purveyors of the American Myth doggedly indoctrinate their minions
with a relentless argumentum ad nauseam that the United States
is a benevolent haven for humanity and liberty.
monsters (regardless of their ideology)
Just as several attempts to implement Communism have resulted
in human suffering and totalitarianism, America’s brutal form
of Capitalism is also an abject failure for humanity, registering
quite high on the misery index. Few would argue that the United
States affords a robust standard of living to many of its citizens,
but how much of humanity really benefits?
The 295 million people of the United States account
for a mere 5% of the world’s population. A tiny fraction (about
2,950,000 individuals) of that meager sliver of humanity feasts
on a herd of fatted calves. Meanwhile, 3 billion human beings
are left to gnaw on the leftover bones, clinging to survival
on an income of less than $2 per day.
Despite its abundant resources and wealth, the
Empire even neglects some of its own. 13% of Americans live
below the official poverty line. Over a million Americans are
homeless, many of whom are children, untreated mentally ill
individuals and military veterans. Ironically, the homeless
veterans proudly served their country. As a reward for their
loyalty, the Empire cast them aside like sacks of garbage.
American Capitalism comes complete with a dose
of significant racism. 25% of American Blacks and 22% of Latinos
are poverty-stricken while 91.4% of the privileged White majority
lives above the poverty line. Three-fourths of White American
families own their homes, while fewer than 50% of Blacks and
Latinos enjoy that “luxury.” Shorter life expectancies and
significantly higher infant mortality rates amongst Blacks,
Hispanics, and Native Americans reflect the superiority of health
care available to White America.
progress by Black Americans in the early Twentieth Century was
severely retarded by vigilantes, lynchings, and the decimation
of entire communities, like “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa. After
years of struggle to attain civil rights, Hispanics and Blacks
today face less visible yet still formidable socioeconomic barriers,
including substandard public education, a serious dearth of
opportunities to enter universities and higher paying jobs,
and an Apartheid-like system of deteriorating urban cores populated
primarily by Blacks and Hispanics surrounded by affluent White
Consider that the Capitalistic economic engine
of the American Empire, which benefits a thimbleful of the world’s
6.5 billion people, was built through mass murder perpetrated
against Native Americans and the profoundly evil enslavement
of our Black brothers and sisters. Devouring half of Mexico
in the US invasion of Mexico in 1846, the Empire expanded its
land mass significantly. And American Capitalists have exploited
cheap Latino labor for many years.
Further perpetuated by the exploitation of the
working class during the Gilded Age, the juggernaut American
economy is now maintained by the cheap labor of illegal immigrants
in the United States, the gross exploitation of workers in corporate
America’s offshore sweat shops, decreasing regulation of corporations,
and an ongoing assault against the American working class including
massive layoffs, union busting, and job off-shoring.
In a gross perversion of justice, those human
beings who have contributed the most to America’s wealth have
benefited the least.
Obviously, one cannot change the past, but one
can learn from egregiously immoral behaviors, make amends, and
work to change. It is evident that the devoted White Capitalists
of the American Empire have no intention of mending their ways.
There are White Americans who support
minority rights and social justice, but their efforts are often
crushed by the influence, power and propaganda of a White-dominated
system and culture.
Despite the false dichotomy presented by the government and
the mainstream media, there are choices beyond the totalitarian
Communism of Stalin and Mao and the unfettered greed and imperialism
of American Capitalism. It is a moral imperative and a pragmatic
necessity that the United States begin to strive for a more
equitable distribution of wealth, stronger government regulation
of corporations (to minimize their crimes
against humanity), and socio-economic justice.
Bigotry and Racism
Beneath the noble rhetoric about equality in America
lurk the sinister realities of racism, bigotry, and ignorance.
America’s extremist Christians persistently fight to deny rights
to homosexuals and women while supporting the ongoing state
terrorism committed by the US and Israel. The Klan and other
White supremacist groups have been making a powerful resurgence
by recruiting youth via the Internet and popular culture. A
federal government which collects massive tax revenues (and
which is charged with providing for the general welfare of its
people) committed passive mass murder and criminal negligence
in New Orleans, where virtually all of the victims were poor
Despite some progress, many Blacks and Hispanics
still find themselves desperately grasping for the bottom rungs
of the socioeconomic ladder. The wealth gap between Whites and
minorities is a chasm, with White families averaging ten times
the average net worth of Blacks and Hispanics.
criminal justice is served with a heaping side of discrimination.
As of June of 2004, 2,531 out of every 100,000 blacks and 957
per 100,000 Latinos were in prison. Compare that to the 393
of every 100,000 White Americans doing time. Over half of US
death row inmates are Black or Hispanic. Amongst the 38 states
still practicing state-sanctioned murder, 98% of their prosecutors
are White. Curiously enough, the prosecutor is the one who makes
the decision whether or not to pursue the death penalty. And
let’s not forget that minorities seeking clemency often encounter
men like California’s “Terminator.”
For many outside of the “inner circle” of America’s
White Patriarchy, the United States is not the land of opportunity;
it is a land of economic and social brutality.
Paul Revere rides again
America’s ruling class created their own immigration
problem. Now Congress is contemplating draconian solutions which
will cause more human suffering. How typical for the leaders
of the Empire and their lemming-like supporters. Spurring Congress
to take action, a repugnant vigilante group calling themselves
the Minutemen now patrols parts of the southern border of the
United States. They are armed and dangerous.
While the Minutemen are endorsed and supported
by White supremacist groups, they claim they are simply there
to help the US government protect America’s borders from potential
terrorists, criminals, and immigrants carrying diseases.
With the Minutemen crying, “The Mexicans are coming!
The Mexicans are coming!” the White Establishment and their
collaborators are debating several severe measures to deal with
the latest threat to their domination of America’s society,
economy and government.
Some of their proposals include the erection of
an Apartheid wall, the arrest and criminal detention of 12 million
illegal Hispanic immigrants, and criminalizing the act of helping
illegal immigrants. One of the more “humane” measures under
consideration involves granting temporary guest status to Hispanics
who have established themselves in the workforce.
How generous to “allow” them to continue working
in dangerous, miserable conditions (i.e. meat-packing and produce
harvesting) for low pay and minimal benefits, living with the
knowledge that once their physical health is in ruins, their
Capitalist masters will toss them out of the frying pan and
back into the fire of the abject poverty of their homelands.
Banish them or exploit them?
Representing the Hispanic illegal immigrants who
have established residence in the United States, millions of
Latinos and their supporters have engaged in a number of protests
around the United States over the past few weeks. Their moral
outrage is justified in the face of the entrenched power structure’s
bid to criminalize millions of hard-working human beings and
to punish compassionate people who help them. Some amongst the
Empire’s White masters seek to relegate the “Wretched Refuse”
to the landfill.
Meanwhile, corporate champions (i.e. George Bush),
whose greed supersedes their racist, xenophobic tendencies,
are taking a more pragmatic malevolent stance. They want to
find a way to keep illegal immigrants in the United States as
“temporary guest workers” to provide the cheap, submissive labor
corporate America craves. With the Thirteenth Amendment preventing
outright slavery, the leaders of America's Corporatocracy are
not about to let these indentured servants slip away so readily.
One man’s “Wretched Refuse” is another man’s treasure.
Living in deep denial, the American Empire is
blinded to its culpability in creating the immigration problem.
By enabling US corporations to build manufacturing facilities
in Mexico starting in the early 1970’s, the Empire’s Capitalist
masters set themselves up for a mass exodus across their border
while simultaneously betraying their own working class.
While the US factories in Mexico maintained miserable
working conditions and paid a small fraction of what they were
paying American workers, impoverished Mexicans flocked to work
for them. Unfortunately for the Latinos, a substantial number
of the American businesses closed up shop and moved on to other
countries once they found cheaper labor pools. Many of the closed
factories were close to the US border, leaving large numbers
of unemployed Mexicans living near states like Texas and Arizona.
Who can blame them for risking illegal immigration to escape
their miserable situations?
Furthering its illegal immigration woes and deepening
the plight of the American working class, the United States
accelerated the movement of US corporations onto foreign soil
by passing laws such as NAFTA. Utilizing neocolonial and imperial
tools like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank,
CIA support of dictators friendly to US corporate interests,
state terrorism, and invasion, the Empire has parasitically
drained the people and resources of developing nations.
Besides subjecting the citizens of other nations
to abject poverty, the Empire has slaughtered millions of innocent
civilians with its behemoth military machine, and is continuing
this pattern in Iraq. Employing the lessons of its early history,
the United States enthusiastically enables Israel in the genocide
of the Palestinian people.
Perhaps Shawn Sugg of the White power rock group
Max Resist voiced the suppressed racist beliefs quietly held
by those who work vigorously to perpetuate Caucasian domination
when he sang: