I’ve been stewing sitting on this for a few days, so now’s a good a time as any to write on it.
Tom Tancredo was in Brownsville, TX earlier this week to sit on a congressional panel and throw in his two cents on the border wall. And surprise, surprise…he displayed his flair for blatant bigotry.
He responded to one woman’s argument that “It really isn’t a border to most of us who live [in the Valley]” by dismissing her statement as a “multiculturalist attitude toward borders.” (As opposed to what? An Aryan Nation attitude toward borders? I mean, shit…)
And then the doozy: he actually had the nerve to recommend that the wall be built along the northern part of Brownsville, in effect putting the entire city on the Mexican side of the wall.
Um, last I checked, Brownsville was still a part of Texas, asshole.
He’s since issued a statement saying, “”This is a matter of national importance, and the American public should not be asked to sit back and allow a handful of local governments and their friends in the ‘open borders’ lobby to exercise veto power over something that impacts not only our national security, but our national sovereignty.”
Thing is, it’s not a “handful of local governments.” It’s the entire Rio Grande Valley. What gets me is that no one gives a shit about the Valley–not politicians, not the rest of the nation–until this “sexy” issue of immigration reappeared to show its ugly head. Everyone comes down to demand (to the brown people) that things be done to stop the “other” brown people from coming, all while completely disregarding the history and culture of the area.
Then again, am I really all that surprised that this came from the dude who likened Latino immigrants to child rapists?
5/6/08 UPDATE: Thanks to Columna de Aztlan for posting video of Jackass making his asinine comment!