posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 02:24 AM
Dont beat yourself up, and I am certainly not judging you by any means.
Realize that when you make sweeping statements about a group of people, positive or negative it is a prejudicial remark. I think what people were
most taken aback by were statements like:
reply to post by Leonidas
...not a single one came from living in a dangerous situation or were starving or anything
...learned how decietful they could be and that bothered me a great deal
...They saved money here and returned to their own country well off.
...They have scammed the system and told me how I could do the same. Yikes, I could never do that!!!!
...Through their lies they recieved welfare, cheap housing, medical...yet were a two income household and not the one income they claimed. One would
work under the table. Their combined incomes were well above the poverty limit.
...These people are NOT poor. We have our own citizens who won't allow their children to play in their own backyards for fear of being shot. We have
elderly who are afraid for their lives just walking out in broad daylight. These people are too poor to move to a safe place, especially another
When you make a sweeping statement about thousands to millions of people = positive or negative = you are engaging in stereotyping. Stereotyping when
it comes to ethnicity is racism.
I know the struggle, I have spent many years in the former Yugoslavia and in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Mali and it can be REALLY tempting to
blame a bad situation on a group of people. Ironically it is the most vulnerable in that demographic that need our help the most and why we are
The population situation in America is primed for racial and region hatreds. That is when it is up to us to rise above it.
The problem is an economic one, not because one group of people is sneaky, or dishonest or dangerous. We all love our children. They are human
Dont change how you feel about the immigration sitation when your arguments are based on fact, only when it assumes a group of people act as one based
on their ethnic make-up.