Damn conservative racists.

When I saw the title I began to have my suspicions that this was going to be another MSM hatchet job on conservatives. I was not disappointed.

Amid swine flu outbreak, racism goes viral
Anti-immigrant hatred spreads on talk radio, Web sites

The article, quoted here in bold type began this way:

“No contact anywhere with an illegal alien!” conservative talk show host Michael Savage advised his U.S. listeners this week on how to avoid the swine flu. “And that starts in the restaurants" where he said, you “don’t know if they wipe their behinds with their hands!”
And Thursday, Boston talk radio host Jay Severin was suspended after calling Mexican immigrants "criminalians" during a discussion of swine flu and saying that emergency rooms had become "essentially condos for Mexicans."

That’s tepid compared to some of the xenophobic reactions spreading like an emerging virus across the Internet. “This disgusting blight is because MEXICANS ARE PIGS!” an anonymous poster ranted on the “prison planet” forum, part of radio host and columnist Alex Jones’ Web site.

It’s nice how even anonymous quotations can be attributed to the right when overt and blatant statements made on the record by liberals seem to evaporate into the ether.

There is even talk of conspiracy. Savage speculated that terrorists are using Mexican immigrants as walking germ warfare weapons. “It would be easy,” he said, “to bring an altered virus into Mexico, put it in the general population, and have them march across the border.”

This is crap and they know it. If it was a terrorist attack it must have been targeted against the Mexican population as thus far they are they only ones to suffer fatalities from it. Let’s get a grip for a moment; a second of lucidity on both sides would be helpful.

As about 130 cases of H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, have been confirmed across the United States, from San Diego to New York City, the growing public health concern has also exposed fear and hate.

Some perspective on this whole Swine Flu “epidemic” is helpful. We are talking a relatively small percentage of infected individuals and an even smaller amount of fatalities. We haven’t even begun to approach the numbers associated with a normal flu outbreak and we are already in all out panic mode.

If you’re into conspiracies I have one for you. Maybe this is another in a long series of manufactured “crisis” that certain individuals are not apt to let go to waste. It certainly seems to be the case with the Main Stream Media who are using it to paint conservatives with a rather large and racist brush stroke.

Fear and blame are counterproductive and even dangerous in any disease outbreak because the more stigmatized any group feels, the more reluctant people in that group may be to seek medical care. That only helps propagate the disease.
The attempt to scapegoat Mexicans, immigrants, and Hispanic Americans is no to surprise Latino rights groups, who are now mobilizing a counter-effort.
'Ignorant beyond the pale'

Of course they are not surprised; when you dedicate yourself to searching for something you should not be surprised when you find it. Savage is obviously off the chain but he does not represent conservatives at large any more than Adolf Hitler represented the average German population.

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, called such comments “racist and ignorant beyond the pale … these so-called commentators shame themselves turning public health concerns into an immigrant bashing fest.”

A little quid pro quo as the MSM is turning this into a conservative bashing fest. Tit for tat I guess; only conservatives don’t think this way.

“What we have seen is that the anti-immigrant groups are using this to shamelessly to promote their agenda,” said Liany Arroyo, director of the Institute for Hispanic Health at the National Council of La Raza.

Unlike groups like "La Raza" who are obviously not promoting their agenda here. The truth is there is a strong argument built into this issue for border control but it is not a case of xenophobia as mcuh as it is common sense. I have argued before that border security is not a fringe or racists concept, it is a matter of national security. When anyone can make the trip accross our borders undetected we are open to attack.

While the war of words is mainly between the conservative commentariat and Latino advocacy groups, individual Mexican-Americas are beginning to worry.

This line just out right pissed me off. I consider myself among the “conservative commentariat” and I wasn’t aware I was at war with Mexico or anyone else. If there is an undeclared war it would be the war against ignorance in the form of misinformation.

"Our people are calling us and they are concerned," said Florencia Velasco Fortner, chief executive officer of Dallas Consilio of Hispanic Organizations, an umbrella of affiliated service groups. "Even our staff members are starting to get a little discouraged. There was anti-immigrant sentiment prior to this and this adds fuel to the fire."

That is just plain racist. There is no grand anti-immigrant right wing conspiracy in this country; there is most certainly a growing discontent with our leader’s failure to address illegal immigration. There is a large gulf of ideology between the two concepts.

As swine flu fears have spread, the backlash has also affected some Mexican restaurants' business, possibly fueled by disparaging comments like those of Savage questioning the hygiene of workers.

Well I guess that means Mexicans are racist towards Mexicans because MSNBC just reported that the same thing is happening in Mexico City. Last time I checked Mexico City was populated predominantly by Mexicans. Funny how that works; Mexicans avoid Mexican restaurants because of health concerns and it’s prudent, Americans do the same and it’s racist.

Blaming 'the other'

Fear mongering and blame are almost a natural part of infectious disease epidemics, experts say.

Often, a disease outbreak is an excuse to vent pre-existing prejudices. “Its fear of people we do not know or who look different,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan and author of “When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed.” “You take the fear of the unknown that already exists and then combine that with a real or perceived threat that is contagious disease and its explosive.”

During the medieval Black Plague, Europeans blamed Jews, saying they poisoned the wells. In an 1892 cholera pandemic, the U.S. blamed immigrant European Jews. In the flu of 1918, "we blamed Mexicans,” Markel said. “Italians blamed the Spanish. The Spanish blamed the Italians. For HIV it was gay men and Haitians.”
Americans “have a history of trying to keep ourselves ‘pure,’” Fairchild explained. “You saw it after the Civil War when slaves were denied citizenship, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when we were alarmed over southern and eastern European immigrants. There were fears that they would pollute America’s germ plasm, make us a weak nation of imbeciles.”

Well given the conspicuous ignorance and bias on the part of the MSM this may have already happened. Of course they were imbeciles before the swine flu and will continue to be so long after it has passed.

Americans have time and again responded to emergencies by clamoring to shut the borders and pull up the bridges.

Really, when was that? I must have missed it. Oh, unless you mean after 9/11 when we were concerned that terrorist my bring weapons across our non-existent southern border. I would have to agree that some emergencies are relevant where border control is concerned.

Tamping down blame and fear isn’t just the right thing to do morally, experts agree, it’s also the right thing to do medically. Germs, Markel stressed, don’t care about skin color or national origins or borders.

Excellent idea, lets start with the concept that conservatives somehow think that Mexicans are vectors on par with rats. Please don’t shove your preconceived notion of the racist right down my throat. I am in fact married to a Mexican and have not yet sent her back to Mexico or quarantined her in the bedroom for fear of contamination.

I am not defending peopel like Savage and I would contend that he does not represent conservatives like me. People have to see this for what it is; an obvious and ludicrous attempt by the liberal media to again defame conservatives in this country. I pray the average skull full of mush is alert enough to recognize it for what it is.

This was the only salient passage in the whole damn article:

“These are naturally occurring events,” he said. “We expect flu pandemics every 30 to 40 years. It’s the cost of living in a world of emerging infectious diseases.

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