Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kentucky Hate Group - Illegal Immigration—The Other Side of the Debate

This video features an area right here in Kentucky, outside of Louisville. It highlights the other side of the Illegal Immigration debate: anti-Hispanic rhetoric that has lead to a truly alarming increase in hate groups and despicable violence against Latinos. One of the most heinous crimes was that against a Latino high school student who was savagely beaten and sodomized with a pole, causing irreparable damage to internal organs.

I know. This is not something we want to face. It is hard to believe this is going on in our country. But if we stoke the fires against illegal immigrants, we need to understand the consequences: We ignite the anti-minority passions of hate groups across the country.

And I don’t know what the answer is. But I do believe we have to do more than just teach our children not to hate; we have to be active against hate in our communities and in our churches. We need to speak out to our legislators. We need to support the people in the trenches who are fighting this war, like the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC has a program, Teaching Tolerance, which works in schools to combat racism and intolerance. As the video shows, there are children across the country being indoctrinated to hate. Teaching Tolerance gives children a chance—to think for themselves.


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