Gosh, I suspect Bill Bradbury might be busy sorting his socks. His official spokeswoman (pictured at right with Lars) said today on a LEFT WING BLOG she thinks we’re a bunch of racists. In a blog entry Anne Martens reflects on the racist heritage of Oregon and she refers to the likes of me and Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform as racists in chief. And she calls me a mini Lars. That’s Anne Martens with the real Lars and that’s me next to them. I don’t think I look a thing like Lars. So, in short, if you don’t have the law on your side attack the individuals and call them names. Names like racists. Wow. Deep. Untrue but deep, man, deep. Here’s IndyMedia’s entry. Here’s Marten’s disclaimer that she speaks only for herself when she calls us racists.
Brown Is The New Black
Read all of Anne Martens’ screed here.
(oh, and check out the comments section under her piece. Very illumination in that I don’t think one person thinks she’s right.)
…There has been more and more anti-immigrant sentiment lately. And by anti-immigrant, I mean anti-Mexican. I’m sick of it. It’s time to call this what it is: racism.
…And then there’s Jim Ludwick, 2006, who writes in last Saturday’s McMinnville News Register, “The fact is that current immigration policies that allow in 2 to 3 million legal and illegal immigrants per year are overwhelming our public schools, our public health systems, the criminal justice system (about 30 percent of the inmates in federal prison are noncitizens), the livability of our communities and eventually our natural environment.” The language is a tad toned down, but the intent and meaning are the same.
Mr. Ludwick is the founder and President of the artfully named Oregonians for Immigration Reform, which is holding a Capitol Steps rally at noon on Friday. With Rep. Linda Flores, who must make an extra-effort to overcome the ill effects of her Hispanic surname. And KPAM’s darling, little Lars herself, Victoria Taft.
Ms. Taft has collected letters from the four people who listen to her radio show, demanding that state services require applicants to show proof of citizenship. (More self-promotion, tongue-in-cheek this time: what would Jesus do?) Of course, it is already required by law that you be a citizen to be eligible for state services.
And let’s be clear. The immigrant bashers are not bashing Russians or Vietnamese or any other large community of immigrants in Oregon. Nope, they’ve focused their bile on Mexicans. I wonder why.