On my way home today, I encounter a vehicle with a bumper sticker that said “Illegal Alien Hunting Permit.” I could barely believe my eyes! I understand that there are some stupid people out there, but the idiocy of this sticker, and of the owner of the vehicle who would post something like this stunned me. As I steamed about this on my drive home, I began to think how bigoted this type of rhetoric is. Some might say it isn’t bigotry but it is. It is bigotry wrapped up in nationalism. As if US citizens could someway be justified in devaluing other human beings and so severely over inflating their perspective of themselves!?! Such people must have forgotten that we are all immigrants somewhere in our family’s history excepting the Native American tribes, who are the ones that have really got the shaft historically.
The ignorance displayed in these type of inflammatory type statements are sorry examples of what some think it means to be US citizens! This is reminiscent of Sarah Palin’s cross hair picture placed over states with Senators with whom Palin had ideological and political differences, which was also bigoted. Webster’s Dictionary defines bigotry as:
“A person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices especially one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.”
The above definition includes the views of so many people on both sides of the political spectrum towards others with different opinions. Such characterizations are not helpful and counter productive to progress and, quite frankly, our survival as a species. But when that type of malignant thinking crosses over (as the above bumper sticker does) and devalues the humanity of others, no matter what their legal status, and promotes ideas of violence and hatred, well, that is a special kind of stupid. It is wrong, it is unamerican and it is reflective of animals not humans! Keep the illegal aliens and ship those ignorant asses somewhere else! I realize that I am coming off pretty strong here, but this type of crap really makes me angry.