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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Political Correctness Hides the Truth

I am absolutely sick and tired of political correctness! It clouds issues by hiding the truth.

The following is an April 27, 2006, A.P. story that illustrates this point. The bold print is what I've added to show what should have been written if the writer had had any interest in reporting the truth.

Apr 27, 2006 4:25 pm US/Pacific
State Senate Supports Immigrant Walkout On Monday

(AP) SACRAMENTO California's state senators on Thursday endorsed Monday's boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants and their allies as supporters equated the protest with great social movements in American history.

By a 24-13 vote that split along party lines, the California Senate approved a resolution that calls the one-day protest the Great American Boycott 2006 and describes it as an attempt to educate Americans "about the tremendous contribution illegal immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy."

"It's one day ... for illegal immigrants to tell the country peacefully, 'We matter ... (we're) not invisible,'" said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, the resolution's chief author. She said illegal immigrants make up a third of California's labor force and a quarter of its residents.

Opponents said the nonbinding resolution was misleading because it failed to mention a goal of the boycott was pressuring Congress to legalize millions of undocumented people (illegal aliens).

"It is a disingenuous effort to put the government of California on record supporting open borders," said Sen. Bill Morrow, R-Oceanside.

The boycott, also called "A Day Without illegal Immigrants," grew out of huge pro-illegal immigrant marches across the United States in recent weeks. Organizers are urging people (illegal aliens) to stay home from school and jobs and avoid spending money on Monday to demonstrate their importance to the U.S. economy.

California's top education official appeared with school officials in several cities Thursday to urge students to stay in school on Monday.

State Superintendent for Public Instruction Jack O'Connell encouraged students interested in the illegal immigration issue to voice their opinions by participating in protest activities but only after attending their classes.

"If students need to protest, they should feel free to do so after school," O'Connell told students and reporters at San Jose High Academy. "We want students to exercise free speech, but not at the expense of their education."

Rallies are planned for Monday in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Gardena, Bell, Santa Ana, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, Concord and other cities.

School officials in San Leandro, meanwhile, said Thursday that rising tensions over the illegal immigration issue may have contributed to a series of brawls between Hispanic and black teenagers.

Over a dozen San Leandro High School students were taken into custody Wednesday following the fights that started on campus and spilled over into the parking lot of a nearby convenience store.

While educators theorized that the stress children of illegal immigrants are under while the illegal immigration debate roils may have played a role in the violence, students said that racial tensions predated recent developments.

Several senators equated the protest with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and other major events in American history.

Segregation was ended in part because of the public bus boycott by blacks in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, said Romero.

Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, likened the debate over illegal immigrant rights to the fights over slavery, women's suffrage, the internment of Japanese during World War II, and the Vietnam War.

The article continues, and you can read the rest of it here if you like, but you get the point. The media and liberal politicians are trying to frame this issue as one of racism and bias against immigrants. The fact is that this issue has nothing to do with racism; it has nothing to do with bias against immigrants. The issue is one of respect for the law, something that too many people today have too little of.

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