Dehumanizing Immigrants-Lies and More Distorted Lies

by multilingualmania on August 11, 2010

in Immigration, Politics, Racism

Lies Lies Lies Lies“La mentira dura hasta que la verdad llega”.
“The lie endures until the truth arrives”.

It’s a classic trick of the racists to paint a portrait of a people so horrible that it makes anything that is done to them to be justifiable. It’s quite a brilliant idea, really, to be able to paint such a nasty picture of someone in the mind of the public without many people hardly even catching on to the trick. This strategy serves to dehumanize people, stripping them of their humanity and making them into objects that deserve to be tamed, oppressed, and controlled.

I can still remember my reaction the first time that I came upon old Nazi cartoons that depicted Jews as rats. I was incredulous that something so outrageous would actually have an impact on the mind of the general public, but history has proven time and again that if “they” tell us something long enough that many of us are bound to believe it.

We’ve seen it over and over–measurement of the skull to prove that African Americans were inferior and deserved to be enslaved, the depiction of indigenous Native Americans as wild savages who needed to be ripped away from their cultures and re-educated, the idea that all Arabs are radical terrorists, and far too many other instances.

Now they are still at it, continuing to spew their hatred and lies with impunity while the mainstream media gives tons of airtime and rarely challenges their lies and distortion of information regarding immigrants. The lies paint a portrait of immigrants as drug dealers, child molesters, leaches, thieves, murderers, and other big, bad, evil monsters. This video discusses and confronts some of the lies, mistruths, and distortions of information that are coming out of the mouth of authority figures regarding immigration:

In the long run, what mark will this have on the psyche of the general public? Will people eventually believe it? And what implications will these lies have on how people view Latinos in a general sense?

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Sarah August 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

Wait a minute… did John McCain say that illegal immigrants are INTENTIONALLY causing accidents?? ridiculous.. these are all lies! It’s so sad people actually believe some of these lies

multilingualmania August 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm

why yes, you sure heard correctly!

multilingualmania August 14, 2010 at 8:11 am

I actually was really shocked about that!

Sarah August 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

Me too!! and instead feeling angry I kind of just smiled at how ridiculous the thought of someone intentionally causing an accident sounded; mainly because it doesn’t make any sense, I mean, I would think that illegal immigrants would NOT want to be involved in an accident since they have to show their drivers license or some kind of ID and their insurance info, and since they are here illegally… well you see the point

multilingualmania August 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Well, honestly, the first thought that came into my mind was, “Since when has McCain gotten so weird? Years ago I didn’t think that he was THAT bad”.

My second thought was, “Thank God that someone who could say something so silly was never elected as president”. Ridiculous, you know?

Sarah August 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Now that you mention it, you made a very good point! Good thing he’s not the president..

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