Happy We Hate Racism Day, everyone!
Thanks to ILAP‘s email list – to which apparently I have been subscribed for the last two years without ever receiving a single email – I found out about today’s march/rally/protest ostensibly in memory of MLK Jr., but more realistically against our proud new Tea Party Governor Paul LePage’s recent rescinding of an executive order regarding immigration. Not to get into the nitty gritty, but now any person going to a state employee for assistance or aid or in the course of daily life can be asked by said employee about his/her immigration status. Asked for papers!
When I imagine someone asking to see my papers, I imagine the scene in the beginning of Casablanca in which the Nazi/Vichy officers ask the Résistance guy for his papers, he stalls, runs away, and gets shot.
Is this the kind of state Paul LePage is trying to create?
So we gathered in front of City Hall, various religious and community leaders spoke, we jumped up and down to stay warm, and demonstrated our solidarity for MLK’s words against racism, hatred, fear, bigotry, and I’ll extend this to include ethnic nationalism of all varieties, xenophobia, supremacy, fear, and ignorance. We stood in solidarity with Maine’s thousands of refugees and immigrants, most legal, but all an integral and valued part of our community.
Buzzwords are dirty words, but as one of the least diverse states in the country, Maine should embrace what little we have rather than trying to scare it away or into submission. LePage and his “fearmongering” and intolerance need to be nipped in the bud. Like, yesterday.
For images, see recent tweets.