“Dead Baby Jokes are Not Funny…Or Are They?” by Kinsee Morlan
The racist comments of the Union-Tribune readers appear every time a story about Tijuana is written. Check out the most recent string of hate. Read the story (or just the lead paragraph), then scroll down to the comments.
Here’s a little example of some of the anit-Mexican sentiment:
Another day in the life of a Third World corrupt country. Build the wall and keep those shootouts on the other side.
Every so often in the comment battle, someone sane steps in:
Whew! The sneering xenophobia is flying thick today on this blog!
Query: If you saw that your neighbor’s house was on fire would you 1) Help him put it out, if for no other reason you don’t want it to spread to yours? or 2) Stand in your front yard and yell that he deserves to burn because he’s crooked, dumb, and poor?
Like it or not TJ is SD’s neighbor (and having lived in real world cities I quite frankly don’t see much of a difference between the two. Never been in a place before where people wear flip-flops to the symphony.) The two are irredeemably locked at the hip due to geography, economics, politics and sociology. The smart, self-interested move would be to embrace one another’s problems and pool resources to create joint solutions. There are civilized people who want to advance society on both sides of the border, just like there are gangsters in Colonia Sanchez Taboada and meth heads in Santee.
Nativist prattle accomplishes nothing.