Do you mind if we get a little awkward and maybe uncomfortable for just a moment here? Is that okay with you?
Because I'm about to turn this nice family dinner atmosphere we have into something a little less polite.
I wanna talk about immigration.
Did you leave?
You see, this past week, there was this guy, a politician, who made a comment about undocumented immigrants that made me a little upset.
He, this fellow from Kansas, said, "Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem." cnn.com
But then he apologized. You know, after a bunch of people complained and he felt political pressure and whatnot. He apologized.
And while I can appreciate a good apology when it is indeed genuine, what I cannot appreciate is the suggestion that immigrants are like hogs, hogs that ought to be shot.
See that's the part I have a hard time with.
Now, I don't really want to get into a political discussion of whether immigrants who have no papers ought to be allowed to stay or whether they are criminals and need to leave or whether our economy needs them or if they're a strain on society. What I do want to talk about is how they are people.
People in my classrooms. And in the houses next door to mine. And on the buses that pass. Or at the schools down the street. And in the pew beside me at church.
And they're real people. With kids and grandkids and mothers and fathers and sisters and nephews and aunts and cousins. And they all have faces and personalities and idiosyncrasies. Real people. Like me. And maybe you.
And I know them. Some better than others. But I know them. So when you say they are a problem to be eliminated like hogs that are shot, you're talking about people that I know. They're neighbors and students. People who have welcomed me in their homes. Who made food for my backyard wedding. Who have supported me and taught me. And loved me and cared for me when my family was so far away. So you're talking about shooting people I know and people I love.
And if you shoot them, that leaves kids without parents, parents without kids.
See I have a problem with that. With not treating people as people and with thinking that some are more valuable than others.
But he apologized for making an inappropriate comment and has vowed to be more careful with his words in the future.
I'd appreciate if he'd apologize for his thinking and would vow to be more careful with his thoughts in the future.
You're still here? You feel a little awkward? I know it's not right to talk religion and politics at the dinner table, but sometimes when religion and politics affect the people at the dinner table, you can't help but whisper a word here and there.