Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Back to the Borders of 1492

If you are a reader from outside the United States, I don't want to to think that all Americans are misty-eyed about the Pilgrims. Today we feature these posters with an opposing viewpoint from those people over at the Mexica Movement. In the mainsteam media I think they call that fair and balanced coverage.

The Mexica movement people want to send all European immigrants back to Europe. If they prevail, that will prove to be a pretty big logistical problem, because only a limited number of Americans of European descent have roots in just one country. And since Americans aren't just from Europe, the problem is larger than they may think. Today I am thankful for freedom of speech, but I don't think the Wampanoag had an immigration policy.

Note: In honor of Thanksgiving, we have several posts on the Pilgrims which you might like. You can view them all at Wilmette.blogspot.com by clicking here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This argument holds some water in Mexico. But the ancestors of the indians in Mexico lived in mexico and not the future Southwest US.

By the time of the Mexican American war there were mixed blood Mexicans who had migrated north into parts of the southwest. Many of them preferred a democratic and less corrupt government in the US to the alternative in Mexico City.

The indians in Mexico and the Us were certainly at times mistreated. At this point most indians have assimilated and moved on with their lives. Those who choose to stay on the reservation should focus in today and not what happened generations ago.

But even those who want to live in the p[ast have little basis for tieing Mexico to the Pilgrims. To see this, all they have to do is look at a map!

Nov 22, 2006, 7:17:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Hey, this isn't my argument! I think its pretty wacky myself, and some of the pictures on the Mexican Movement website definately make my "Top racism picks" list. The Pilgrims do have something in common with all immigrants though, and our current immigration issue is with immigration and our porous southern border.

I decided that I wouldn't common on the possibility that the Pilgrims were illegal immigrants, especially because that legal sticking point was English and not Wampanoag. Do look around on the Mexica movement website, though, kind of opens your eyes to the diversity of thought in this country.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2006, 10:45:00 AM  

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