Saturday, August 31, 2013

Texas town to do a “day” without Mexican business

Cinema comes to reality?
Activists in one Texas town are planning to give a visual demonstration of what life would be like if we didn’t have a growing Latino population these days.

Not that I expect anybody is going to be swayed by what happens Sept. 13 in Farmers Branch (a Dallas suburb). But it will be intriguing to see just how much the ideologues amongst us try to spin the situation and the extremes they take to downplay the activity of that day.

FOR WHAT IS going to happen is that activists are asking all Latinos to not go to school or work on that day (if they happen to study or be employed within that suburb) or shop at any businesses.

It’s supposed to make people realize just how significant a presence Latinos are within the community. That day is supposed to turn out to be so different from typical life that it makes people more aware.

I’m sure some idiot will claim that the day is better off without Mexicans. Then again, he’s exactly the kind of person who is not worth expending any energy upon.

The trick is to write such people off as the malcontents they are, and sway the real majority of our society into some semblance of sense.

WHAT HAS THE activists upset about Farmers Branch is that the municipal government there has been determined to interject itself into the immigration reform fight on the side of the ideologues.

They have passed measures that make it an offense for a landlord to rent an apartment to someone who isn’t a U.S. citizen OR doesn’t have a valid visa.

Not that a landlord has any real way of knowing for sure who is a citizen or possesses a valid visa. But the kind of people who get worked up over this kind of issue probably just want anyone suspected of being “foreign” to be excluded.

As though they think denying housing in the form of apartments can just discourage people from wanting to live in such a community. Which is the real goal of their local ordinance and their ongoing legal fight to keep the courts from overturning it.

IT DOES REMIND me of that decade-old film that purported to be a documentary. “A Day Without A Mexican” was the story of a California community where all people of Mexican ethnic origins just suddenly disappeared.

The community found it couldn’t get by without their laborers and (in some cases) friends.

Not that I expect any such revelation to take place in Texas. But it will be intriguing to see what does come of this attempt at a boycott.

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