Thursday, July 29, 2010

when to take a stand?

The other morning I heard my local radio personalities arguing over various aspects related to immigration laws...probably brought on by everything that is going on in Arizona.
They mentioned various bands (Maroon 5 is the only one I know of) are boycotting Arizona because they disagree with what's going on and want to take a stand.

I get it. Totally. But is there a time when taking a stand is hurting more than it's doing? Think about all the people who can't see their favorite band because of something they have no control over.

So then a caller chimed in and was talking about how he won't hire contractors that use Mexican workers. Huh? Wait.... what? How, dear sir, do you know those workers are a)Mexican and b) if they are, aren't legal? He said he didn't care, didn't want to go through the hassle of looking at papers so avoids it all together.
So basically people are punished for their race? Because you think you're taking a stand. I don't know... I don't get it. If you're that willing to take a stand,and want legal workers (which I get & agree with) - how much harder is it to check their papers?
I'm rambling. The whole topic has just been on my mind. I'm not trying to get political here. It's more about if there is a right or wrong way to take a stand and hold your ground? And I don't know if there is an answer to that question?


Britney Jean said...

this whole issue is driving me crazy.

i don't even know what to say.

but yes...people can be hypocritical.

and those bands who are choosing not to come to az are punishing people who didn't even choose to pass the law. i live in az. i don't agree with it. i agree with some aspects of it, but i don't think it's the right solution to the problem. at all. it's only creating more (and more and more and more) problems for our state. gahhh. don't get me started. hahaha

Nicole said...

The people of Arizona voted for this woman and these laws, the people took a stand and so is Maroon 5. Personally, as long as they come to LA I am happy =D

Sassafrass Jane said...

There IS a way to take a stand and make a difference....but that isn't it... People are dumb.

bananas. said...

i don't see anything wrong w/maroon 5 taking a stand. no it's not fair to some people in AZ but they're trying to make a point. it's not like they're hurting anyone.

the guy who won't hire "mexicans" is just an idiot. nuff said.

Rasha @ {andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

i second what Brit said!!

~KS said...

I totally think Maroon 5's stance is awesome. It's what they believe. It makes a statement. And perhaps... if people miss their concerts and want to see them bad enough, they'll write a letter or two to some congress person and help try to get this whole thing resolved.

But as for boycotting Mexican workers?? Not okay. In any world. Ever.

I am get all fired up on this topic... and will spare you the details- but after take a refugee law course, and looking forward to my immigration law class this fall... this topic is just so misunderstood by so many... and it's sad how vocal some people are without even being educated on the REAL issues. Very sad.

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh, I'm all with Mayra and KS. I think the law is offensive, degrading, and entirely implausible (not to mention totally racist), and if I were a band, I wouldn't come to Arizona either! I think that these bands (as well as lots of other people/businesses/etc.) are trying to make a serious financial impact on Arizona so that the state will see how disappointed people are. I hope to God it makes a difference.

I'm also disgusted with the idiot who won't hire Mexican workers. And by "Mexican," I'm sure he means anyone-who-looks-Latino. Having known plenty of Latino immigrants who have moved to this country for a better opportunity for their families, I'd happily hire any of them--legal or not--to do any work I had for them. The citizenship process takes so much time and money, and some people work really hard to get it, but need someone to cut them a break in the meantime.

Racism makes me totally irrationally angry and fired up . . . I can't believe that guy who called in the radio station.

Hilary Lane said...

I know just in the insurance industry that we've come across fake papers more often than real papers. People just come up with Tax ID numbers and fake cards all the time. Then when they're run by the companies, they don't match & good luck trying to get in touch with the client to ask them about it. It's a mess!