My favorite picture of my Filipino-side immigrant grandparents, Esteban and Marie (De Los) Reyes

I hate to give this guy any more play, but I can’t control my RAGE.  While reading this great blog, RACIALICIOUS, I saw a referenced link to an op-ed piece by my brother in Christ, Pat Buchanan.  Yes, again, hate to give this guy any more play, but O . . . M . . . G . . . .!

Mr. Buchanan, in his piece, “The Dark Side of Diversity” has, in my opinion, crossed the line yet again, in this case as he responds to the VTech shootings.  First . . . he infers that there is something wrong with having a gun-free university.

Little attention has been paid to the Richmond legislators who voted to make “Hokie Nation,” a Middle American campus of 26,000 kids, a gun-free zone where only the madman had a semi-automatic.

I can hear myself in about 8 years, “Yes, Ev, here is your laptop, meal card, clean socks and 9mm Glock!  No have fun in college, and remember be sure to be ready to shoot someone if the situations presents itself. And Jesus loves you!” Because if we all had guns, gun violence would stop, just like nuclear weapons . . .

He then goes on to not just infer, but to basically say that we should stop immigration because THAT was the reason Seung-Hui Cho (BTW, this Americanized way of using his name is what his family prefers.) committed the atrocities he did.  What the frackin’ frack?!?!?!?

Almost no attention has been paid to the fact that Cho Seung-Hui was not an American at all, but an immigrant, an alien. Had this deranged young man who secretly hated us never come here, 32 people would heading home from Blacksburg for summer vacation. What was Cho doing here? How did he get in? Cho was among the 864,000 Koreans here as a result of the Immigration Act of 1965, which threw the nation’s doors open to the greatest invasion in history, an invasion opposed by a majority of our people. Thirty-six million, almost all from countries whose peoples have never fully assimilated in any Western country, now live in our midst. Cho was one of them.

Now I understand humanity’s need to understand and explain every bad thing that happens in the world, but this is freaking ridiculous.  The logic is not only baffling, but it is downright scary.  As if we can boil this tragedy down to ONE or TWO or THREE reasons for happening.   As if we will ever KNOW?!?!?!?

While, I am sure we all do this to some extent, I think this is an incredibly irresponsible and dangerous use of a situation to perpetuate one’s own beliefs no matter how illogical. I would challenge anyone who wants to so easily put the blame of such things squarely on the back of an entire single demographic reality to watch out because who knows when that demographic will be you.

And for those – including myself at times – who think that this stuff doesn’t matter, will have no effect or is not worth our energy to fight, I am reminded of the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller who wrote “First they came . . .

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

 

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