I never thought of the current outbreak of H1N1 influenza A swine flu as being the fault of Mexicans because the virus seems to have originated in Mexico, but apparently plenty of racist wingnuts (I know, that’s redundant) do.
Salon.com’s War Room — a great frequently updated roundup of politics — quotes a wingnutty Boston-area radio host named Jay Severin as having said on air:
Now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico — women with mustaches and VD [actually, we call them STDs now; Severin dates himself] — now we have swine flu…
When we are the magnet for primitives around the world — and it’s not the primitives’ fault, by the way; I’m not blaming them for being primitives, I’m merely observing [that] they are primitives — and when you scoop up some of the world’s lowest of primitives in poor Mexico and drop it [um, “it”? Is it not rather dehumanizing to refer to a group of people as “it”?] down in the middle of the United States — poor, without skills, without language, not share our culture, not share our hygiene [emphasis on the Tarzan-like language mine], haven’t been vaccinated…
Millions of leeches from a primitive country come here to leech off you…
Now, at this particular moment in history, they are exporting to us a rather more active form of disease, which is the swine flu.
Wow. That’s so fucked up on so many levels.
First of all, the stupid rich white men who ran this nation into the ground when the unelected Bush regime had eight years of unbridled greedy raping, pillaging and plundering of the nation are the fucking leeches. (No-bid war-profiteering contracts for Dick Cheney’s Halliburton? Siphoning billions and billions and billions of the American taxpayers’ dollars via a bogus war? Yeah, that’s what you call leeching.) Working in the fields and doing janitorial and domestic work and the like — that’s not “leeching.”
These rich stupid white men would love to have you blame it all on poor people and immigrants, however. (Oh, yeah, and we gay men and lesbians also are to blame for the current state of the nation, just as the Jews were to blame for Nazi Germany’s economic woes.)
No, if it weren’t for the Mexican immigrants who do the shit work in the United States of America, fat and lazy white Americans, who remind me of the fat humans in the hovering lounges in “WALL-E,” would find themselves as helpless as that one human in “WALL-E” who accidentally takes a tumble out of his hovering lounge.
So let’s not shit and piss upon the people who actually are keeping the United States afloat.
And it’s funny that white Americans should call others “primitives.” Oh, please. White Americans are just savages with cell phones. A Palestinian who is sick and tired of the oppression of the Israelis — who treat the Palestinians like animals, yet who just can’t stop reminding us that the Nazis once treated Jews like animals — and who blows him- or herself up most certainly is an “uncivilized” “savage,” but the United States of America is responsible for the wholly unnecessary slaughter of more than 100,000 innocent Iraqis and white Americans still call themselves “civilized.” No, we are just high-tech primitives. We have more advanced weapons, but our mentality is even lower than many if not most of those who lack such weapons.
And finally, the anti-immigrant crowd is also the English-only crowd, yet look at how great the radio host’s command of the English language is — not. And these white supremacists have had their entire lives to master their own fucking mother tongue. Nor could the anti-immigrant, “patriotic,” teabaggin’ crowd even answer even the basic civics questions about their own nation that those who wish to become citizens must be able to answer.
It’s easier to oppress another people when you dehumanize them, when you make them less than human, when you call them things like “primitive” and dirty (“not share our hygiene”). That’s what the Nazis did to the Jews — dehumanized them, regarded and treated them as animals. Because once you make another group of people into animals, then it’s far easier on your conscience to treat them as such.
As a patriotic — and yes, Anglo — American, I will not allow my fellow Americans in name only to shit and piss upon any other nation’s people. Not in my name.
The racist radio host in Boston has been suspended from his job indefinitely, Salon.com’s War Room reports.
As he deserved.
Of course, a better corrective action for him would be to force him to live, for just a week, the way that the hard-working “leeches” do — and then see if he still could spew forth his idiotic, racist venom.