Archive for the racism Category

Horrified at Northern Iowa right now

Posted in racism with tags , , , , on Wednesday 14 July 2010 by amanda

mason city is comparing Obama to Hitler – on a billboard.  See here for the local story, and here for the coverage in the Atlantic.

This is devastating to me on two levels:

1) That this would happen at all – you’d think that somewhere along the process of making a billboard somebody would have realized that this is an inappropriate comparison (to say the least).

2) Deep disappointment that there are apparently enough people in the area that feel this way to support such an awful thing.

Update: the sign was taken down today.  I remain angry, however.


40 years and counting

Posted in racism with tags , on Friday 4 April 2008 by amanda

 we are not there yet.

yet another reason that the USCIS needs repair

Posted in immigration, racism with tags , , on Saturday 22 March 2008 by amanda

i don’t think it’s possible to argue that USCIS is a particularly nice agency (i’m not going to stand up for them, that’s for sure).  and, although many would like to deny that corruption exists in the United States, that simply ain’t true, folks.  so what happens when you combine an agency that has a ridiculous amount of power over the lives of immigrants (BOTH legal and illegal) and thrown in a little corruption?  here we have one example:

Published: March 21, 2008
The case of an immigration agent who is accused of demanding sex from a woman raises questions about the vulnerability of the system to corruption.

I can’t get over, or stop being angry about, the degrading position that the US government puts immigrants in.  This is beyond and totally beside whether people are here legally or illegally to begin with.  This is about treating people like human beings.

USCIS and immigration delays

Posted in immigration, racism with tags , , on Tuesday 27 November 2007 by amanda

something that makes me incredibly angry, especially because ola (and i alongside him) have been through this process, is the USCIS and department of homeland security. with all of the debate about illegal immigration in this country, something that often gets totally ignored is the treatment that LEGAL immigrants receive. the Times today had an editorial that touched the tip of the iceberg concerning some of the problems surrounding the issue. It’s here: The Citizenship Surge

the focus of the article is largely on two things – the increased fees associated with gaining long-term visas, green cards and naturalization, and the incredibly long waits that immigrants are facing in trying to obtain a change of status. the article is very mild, as, i guess you’d expect an article to be, when written by a total outsider to this system. however, i have to say that this is something that gets me really upset, really fast. our experience with USCIS was horrible, to say the least. let’s start with customer service. the people at the counters? evil. i understand that they aren’t going to take a personal interest in our case, have long conversations with us, and that they are probably overworked and underpaid. however, we don’t need to be yelled at by the woman at the counter for no apparent reason. we don’t need to come in, and wait 3 hours in the waiting room to take care of 5 minutes worth of business. we don’t need to be spoken to like we are imbeciles.

we had the opportunity to see how many times they could lose some part of ola’s file (i think it was 3 times). the great thing is, when they lose part of your file, they don’t tell you. i guess it just sits on a desk until YOU call to see what’s wrong, and then you get yelled at for not submitting something. which, of course, we had submitted. I had a photocopy at home in our file. but that didn’t matter, because they lost the original. and they couldn’t care less about the copy i kept as proof.

a process that was supposed to take 6 months took 18+ months. only after repeated (belated) letters to our senators and representatives did the case move along. then, once it was approved, the card still did not arrive for another 4 or 5 months at least.

the final straw for all of this is that there is no recourse when you’re treated like crap by the government like this. that’s because the same people that treat you like shit can also put your file at the bottom of the pile and pretend you don’t exist for years. they also have the power to deny green cards, visas and citizenships. and after our experiences, i can believe that some people in those offices would deny somebody’s application for something like a complaint about service.

finally…people live in the US for YEARS, want to be here, get a college and often post-graduate education here, work their butts off (because as non-residents, they are not eligible for low-interest loans or any federal grants) and then have to maneuver/fight to stay and continue to contribute to the economy and the work force because of the policies that we have in place in this country.  i know an awful lot of incredibly bright people who have simply left the country instead of fighting the US system to stay and work here in industries like finance, health, law, and the social sector.  i can tell you that it’s been a loss for the US and our future here in this country every time.

suicide by cop?

Posted in racism with tags on Tuesday 13 November 2007 by amanda

this is something new to me – apparently, according to the brooklyn PD, a young man who was gunned down by officers yesterday in bed-stuy may have provoked his own death by holding a hairbrush and, according to officers (but contrary to eyewitness reports), “charging toward the officers”.

The police said they were also exploring the possibility that Mr. Coppin was trying to prompt a shooting, a phenomenon known as “suicide by cop.”

I’ve never heard of this phenomenon…is it quite common among young black men who have 20 or more bullets fired at them by police officers?  Bullshit pile of crap.

I can’t write any more.  I’m just pissed.

website i like

Posted in racism with tags on Thursday 25 October 2007 by amanda is a fascinating blog i was lucky enough to stumble across. i totally recommend checking it out – it also has links to a lot of other interesting blogs, many of which are largely about interracial adoption. not quite sure how long it’s been around, and don’t know the identity of the author, but i’ve been enjoying it for a couple of weeks now, added it to my blogroll, and wanted to recommend it to my friends and fam.

it touches on a lot of subjects that have become a lot closer to home for me in the past 7 years or so, and so i find it particularly interesting.