Divide and Conquer: That's the Plan.

The immigrant community does not hurt the African-American agenda, nor do the African-Americans hate all immigrants

By Sandra Habr-Valle
Published on LatinoLA: May 4, 2006

Divide and Conquer: That's the Plan.

It is amazing to me how large our movement for justice and equality would be if black and brown people came together in solidarity and fought together in the name of civil rights. Even better, what if Native Americans actually had a voice, were represented as the true peoples of America and joined in this struggle? It would be a movement so large, that we would have the potential to change the political spectrum which dominates our society and perpetuates the stereotypes which continue to divide us and make us weaker.

This movement would infiltrate the media, making it objective and holding it accountable to journalistic integrity in which the American people are told the truth, given alternative viewpoints and are educated rather than blinded to so much that is going on in the world and in this counrty.

It would allow for a truthful discussion of history, where it is taught that Columbus made no great discovery and should not be hailed as an honorable man who first arrived in the Americas. Rather, it would be told that he was a brutal man who raped and pilaged and sought gold in the name of greed and imperialism.

It would allow for a balance, a voice and an opporunity for those who are victims of this unequal society to rise up and be heard.

This immigration debate is a perfect way to make sure that doesn't happen.

"First, let's stir things up so that immigration is the new debate that receives the most coverge," they say. The gay marriage idea worked."We need something to distract them from Iraq!" Given all the illegal maneuvering that has plagued the White House since Bush took office, and as the Bush clan fights to stay out of prison, this was a perfect plan. Good thinking Karl Rove! Once they have people preoccupied with this racist immigration reform agenda, they can then work to pit one group against one another in the tradition of dividing and conquering.

Educated African-Americans understand this. Caring African-Americans understand this. Leaders in the African-American community understand this. The small few who do not, represent a group who do not share a common vision of a unified coalition of black and brown struggles. Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr, understood this and it is time we did too.

People in the Black and Brown communities share an ugly common history. Oppression, subjugation and enslavement lie in their past in this country and together they can build a cohesive, strong movement which benefits all people.

The immigrant community does not hurt the African-American agenda. Nor, do the African-Americans hate all immigrants. They would like you to believe this. Instead, lets come together, work together and fight together for social justice. It can be an unstoppable machine if we do.

"...All of us catch hell from the same enemy. We're all in the same bag. In the same boat. We suffer political oppression, ecomonic exploitation, and social degredation. All of em from the same enemy. The government has failed us. You can't deny that. Anytime you live in the 20th century and you walkin' around here singin' "We shall overcome" the government has failed you. This is part of what's wrong with you. You do too much singin. Today it's time to stop singin' and start swingin'. You can't sing up on freedom. But you can swing up on some freedom."
- Malcolm X

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