Monday, 3 April 2017

The Book of Isaias

I once asked my Mum why Welsh people were unpopular in Bristol, U.K.  She told me that it was because in the Depression many Welsh people immigrated to Bristol, and took the best jobs.

Mind you, Wales was about thirty miles away, and the Welsh were also subjects of the United Kingdom.

It's the same dreary story throughout the world. "Immigrants"  (yes all of them!)  are dirty, lazy, unwilling to work and eager for government handouts. Although they are lazy, they take the jobs which rightly belong to citizens.

Name any country throughout the world which has received immigrants (documented or undocumented) and in that country you will hear the same old saw.

Thus it has been in the United States for Italians, for Irish, for Catholics, for Jews,  ever since the mass migration from Europe to America began.  The same vile things were said about them as are now being said about political and economic refugees who come here seeking for some kind of opportunity and freedom.

What is never said is that these successive groups of immigrants have enriched our American lives beyond imagination.

It is with this in mind that I heartily recommend "The Book of Isaias.  A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America", Daniel Connolly, St. Martin's Press, 2016.

It's a tender, sad, and sometimes hopeful true account of  the brilliant young Isaias (and others) who are at Kingsbury, a  failing High School in Memphis, TN.

Author Daniel Connolly spent three remarkable  years at Kingsbury High, three years which enabled him to write this marvelous book of hope and despair. In a remarkably objective way he identifies the cultural, sociological, political, educational and economic ways in  which Hispanic immigrants ("legal" or "illegal");  poor African-Americans, and poor White-Americans are ill served by the educational and economic policies which are dictated from Washington (whether the President be Clinton, Bush, Obama or Trump).

1. Do read this book before you sound-off against immigrants with a "one size fits all" formula.

2. Remember that the most recent comprehensive immigration policy in the U.S.A  was under (of all people) President Ronald Reagan.

3. Resist any national policy which separates mothers from children, or husbands from wives. This is unworthy of a "Christian and family values" nation.

4. Note that many undocumented immigrants in the U.S.A. are from China, India, Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it President T.  

5.  Remember that I am an immigrant.  I love my homeland, but I am glad to be a United States Citizen.  Am I on your mind when you sound off against immigrants, or do you give me a pass because I am a WASP?

6.  Read the book dammit!  Read it.  Shut up about immigrants until you have read "THE BOOK OF ISAIAS"

Here is a Book Review.

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