Feel the guilt

My count this morning is six, yes six stories in the Herald about the 100 year old Hindu riots.

This is 5 too many stories to commemorate this past event. The story New Sikh arrivals feel welcomed is a well written article and frankly all that was needed. It acknowledges that people didn’t and don’t always treat others well and it shows how far we’ve come since 1907.

He was surprised to learn there were about 200 East Indian lumber mill workers in Bellingham around the turn of the century — until they were run out of town in a 1907 race riot.

Today, the county’s Sikh community includes about 600 to 700 families, Sidhu said. About 20 to 25 percent work on family-owned farms. Many others own small businesses like motels and gas stations, and many work in the education and health care sectors, he said.

“There are a lot of well-wishers, a lot of good people around in the community,” Sidhu said. “We want to recognize that, to welcome other people, to come visit us and learn more about us.”

See, that’s all that needed to be said. Sure the Herald could have spent a bit more time explaining Eastern religions and perhaps juxtapose them with Islam. It might be helpful in today’s world, but the Herald doesn’t have to be the Discovery channel and it wasn’t really the purpose of this series of articles.

This purpose of this series of articles, slide shows, videos and events is to guilt those against illegal immigration into accepting illegal immigration with open arms and borders. It’s a guilt transference scheme where we are encouraged to accept the guilt for something we in 2007 didn’t do in hopes that we will also accept the guilt for the actions by some of today’s illegal immigrants.

By 1924, only 94 of the state’s 57,000 lumber workers were East Indians. Many gravitated to the growing agricultural industry in California, she said. “They could, in fact, be welcomed in those communities,” Jensen said, “because — here’s another familiar story — they couldn’t get white men to work in the fields.”

“The way anti-immigration people are now obsessed with the U.S.-Mexico border, 100 years ago they were obsessed with the Pacific Coast,” Cahn said. “All these Asian immigrants were coming in, they thought it was a threat to the state of the nation at the time.”

Pretty slick the way they try to equate the unfortunate and probably illegal actions of some 1907 Bellingham residents with today’s residents legal resistance to illegal immigration and illegal immigrants. Did you fall for it? Do you feel the guilt?

The Herald articles were just the big guns used to soften the target though. The invading force has been planning follow up events.

We are sponsored in part by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Community to Community Development.

In the course of one night, an entire community was driven from the town – in the approving words of a local paper, “wiped off the map.” One hundred years later, 2007, hostility towards non-white immigrants in Bellingham continues. Raids and detentions by government immigration agents are ongoing; so are surveillance and harassment from both government agents and groups like the Minute Men. How have the events of 1907 shaped Bellingham as we know it in 2007?

This is sort of a statement of purpose by the producers of the video that is to be shown. It’s from a June post in one of the producer’s blog, here and elseware. Curious that the Herald articles didn’t mention government raids, Minutemen and detention even though they have the same sponsors as this video. But I guess they all left the word “illegal” out of their failed comparison of 1907 to 2007 so why muddy the waters with facts.

Go ahead, feel the guilt. That’s all that matters isn’t it?

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