Stereotypes: A Virulent Form of Collectivism
Are Latino immigrants really responsible for as much crime as some believe? Lynn Atherton-Bloxham reports that facts don't support the stereotypes.
If one received a dollar for every time a racial, ethnic or religious group of people is painted with an unflattering attribute, they could become wealthy quickly. This tribal mentality (my tribe is good, your tribe is bad) is a rather disturbing commentary on the collectivist thinking of many people in the USA.
One would think that a country established on the principles of individualism and supportive of the rather unique idea of each person coming to the New World to build a better life for himself and especially for his children, would be above negative collectivist remarks about people. The uncomfortable reality is that extreme negativity against immigrants has been a recurring problem against each group that arrived to try for their own "American Dream".
The crescendo of negativity regarding immigrants from South of the border has increased in intensity the more immigration reform is discussed. Those who favor extreme restrictions are very busy writing and speaking out against the current suggestions for reform. They insist the reforms are too lenient, while those who are pro immigration view the reforms as a pittance toward what is needed. Further, several aspects such as the impregnable border and National I.D. (E Verify) are not only drastically expensive but will have extreme long-term negative consequences for everyone, not just immigrants.
The barrage of negativity by the restrictionists is not only a mark of collectivist thinking at its worst, but most damaging is the impact on the many innocent people who are stereotyped as criminals. How many generations will it take for the stigma of criminality of Latinos to be entirely erased from people's minds?
The restrictionists such as Center for Immigration Studies and Numbers USA have been very busy with a constant drumbeat of stories about illegal immigrants and even legal immigrants who cause terrible crime. One would think from their stories that all immigrants are criminals, leaving the impression that their crime is a constant problem. Many of the stories have been proved false. (Another propaganda tactic is repeating the same story multiple times until it appears every immigrant is to be feared as a vicious criminal).
I am gratified that several academic, public policy and research groups have focused their efforts on gathering, analyzing and presenting the true data on immigrants and Latinos particularly. Before one repeats another story painting those "criminal Latinos as invading our borders" it is useful that another study has been completed that, in all fairness to those maligned, should be read.
Ron Unz has done a stellar job of gathering data, fairly analyzing it and presenting it in a readable format. The facts are irrefutable; Latinos are not the criminals certain restrictionist groups have tried to paint them. Please take the time to read his research study so the unjust stereotype of the criminal Latino can be laid to rest.
Remember, the measure of how much a person values liberty is not how much liberty one desires for oneself, but how much liberty one is willing to allow others.