Sunday, December 1, 2019

Alan Cumming: The racism behind anti-immigration rhetoric is palpable to every immigrant. Including me.

 

Born in Scotland, Alan Cumming is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays.  He has commentary on Think decrying the nation's anti-immigrant rhetoric:

"America is such a young country: It's only a few hundred years old, and no one who has been here for only a few generations is without an immigrant connection. So, from the outside — from a place like Europe — the idea that Americans are not connected to immigration and our immigrant pasts seems like we are denying ourselves. We sound very self-hating about the very notion of immigration, but we're actually just confusing racism with a desire to fix the immigration system.

I see that all the time: Things that are being said about immigration and the ideals of immigration are basically just being used as a thinly veiled form of racism. It's so blatant. The president himself actually said he doesn't mind people coming from countries like Norway — white people; it's the people from `shithole countries' he doesn't want. It seems almost pedantic and obsolete to actually have to talk about the fact that it's racism."

KJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2019/12/alan-cumming-the-racism-behind-anti-immigration-rhetoric-is-palpable-to-every-immigrant-including-me.html

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