January 19, 2019
In a recent address regarding the border wall at the beginning of this month, Donald Trump made an attempt to pit American minorities against immigrants. Most likely reading words written by Stephen Miller, the President directed his demonization of black and brown non-citizens to black and brown citizens: “All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.” This calculated artifice wants to continue the marginalization of the most oppressed in this country.
The argument has two goals: first, to bait the general public into hardening or developing inherently anti-black and brown views on immigration; the second is to limit the power of oppressed people by hindering their ability to form a collective front.[…]
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