To the Editor
What is going on in our nation today regarding the deliberate and overt oppression of poor people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families, is exactly the same thing as what occurred in the 1950's and 60's, when civil rights demonstrators were told to go home and mind their own business, because they were "breaking the law". This term "illegal alien" has got to go. Americans of conscience should all write to their various newspapers and demand that they stop printing such racist terms and demand that they withhold any article or column that attempts in anyway, to degrade and dehumanize a class of people.
If one attempts to write in to a typical U.S. newspaper and use the "n-word" for African-Americans, "the c-word for Chinese" or the k-word for Irish Jews", it will be deleted and the same should hold true for the oft-repeated "illegal alien". Americans must unite together and demand that Lou Dobbs and the rest of his ilk be removed from the public airwaves and that CNN be fined for defamation, bigotry and public indecency. We are fast moving towards our own American apartheid, building walls and creating a so-called "guest worker" program, that will indenture human beings into economic slavery for generations to come.
Modern racists and exploiters of the poor cloak bigotry in the guise of "upholding the law" and "guest worker programs", which is exactly the same excuse that slave holders and Jim Crow sympathizers used for generations in "defense" of enslaving, raping, torturing and murdering people who happened to be born with darker skin than themselves. The current push to create a "guest worker" program is no different than deliberately attempting to enslave people and branding someone an "illegal alien" is no different than saying to Rosa Parks, "go sit in the back of the bus because it's the law".
Richard Aberdeen, Nashville.