Mr. Gorbachev Don’t Tear Down This Mexican Wall

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Mr. Gorbachev Don't Tear Down This Mexican Wall

Mr. Gorbachev Don’t Tear Down This Mexican Wall should be the words today. Mikhail wrote in Time Magazine, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that one of the main freedoms is freedom from fear. Today, the burden of fear and the stress of bearing it is felt by millions of people and the main reason for it is militarism, armed conflicts, the arms race, and the nuclear Sword of Damocles. Ridding the world of this fear means making people freer. This should become a common goal. Many other problems would then be easier to resolve.”

Of course, he was speaking on the subject of Nuclear Disarmament and was spot on in his analysis. Among the last line of that quote above is the Mexican Wall. It is the “other” problem. Mexico is a problem. Mexico has been a big problem for America for a long time now. There is a segment of our society that says if you point that out, that you are a racist. If you happen to point that out and are white, you are a white nationalist. If you are a white male that points out the many problems with Mexico, you’re a monster, a bigot or one of many labels the left wants to hang around your lily-white neck.

It is almost like we are being brought back to the lily-white movement in America. The lily-white movement was an all-white faction of the Republican Party in the Southern United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. According to Wikipedia, “It battled and usually defeated the biracial element called the Black-and-tan faction. Black leaders gained increasing influence in the party by organizing blacks as an important voting bloc. Conservative whites attempted to eliminate this influence and recover white voters who had defected to the Democratic Party.

The term lily-white movement was coined by Texas Republican leader Norris Wright Cuney, who used the term in an 1888 Republican convention to describe efforts by white conservatives to oust blacks from positions of Texas party leadership and incite riots to divide the party. The term came to be used nationally to describe this ongoing movement as it further developed in the early 20th century, including through the administration of Herbert Hoover. Localized movements began immediately after the war but by the beginning of the 20th century, the effort had become national.”

Here we are now in the 21st century and we have a new version of this movement. This time it is between Mexicans and the greater white community here in the states. Without hashing out point by point how many problems we have with Mexicans or where they lay in the hierarchy of the Latino world among themselves, let me make this one point.

Things got so bad for so long with Mexicans that in less than a generation, white conservatives have gone from “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall” to “Build that wall, build that wall!” And make Mexico pay for it. Our disdain for walls and “Iron Curtains” gave way to things like “Iron Doom” in Israel and Southern border walls for America. It is a new world. The 21st century brings with it unique challenges that cannot be compared apples to apples. Even if we still need immigrants in the fields to pick them.

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