Malcom X on Immigration in American Today
My previous blog explored how I think that Martin Luther King Jr. would view the current illegal immigration problems in Arizona and many boarder states. Considering that today is election day, and people feel more politically inclined then usual, I think it would be appropriate to revisit the topic of the Arizona State Senate Bill 1070. This time though, I will explore this issue while examining how Malcolm X would react to this issue.
The issue presented in Arizona State Senate Bill 1070 is that it is attempting to”…discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens” from entering into Arizona. Additionally, the ramifications of this bill will be that many companies and business will have to let go of their already hired workers or any other potentials workers who are not legal citizens of the United States. According to Marc Lacey’s New York Times Article “Arizona Immigration Laws Divide Latinos Too” not as many Latinos support allowing immigration as one would expect- only 70% nationwide. But, as I noted in my previous article, it is the social issues of implied racism that make this issue most disturbing.
Unlike MLK, Malcolm X would have had a much more heated stance on this issue. MLK would have activated sit-ins and boycotts to get his point across. In this case, I think Malcolm X would have been very apt to use his Ballot or the Bullet stance. Malcolm X criticized the White congressmen for filibustering the issue of racism in the 1960’s trying to put the issue to rest. I think Malcolm would equally describe Arizona’s government as “pitiful” and he would “question the sincerity, and some of the strategy” they are using to create and enforce these laws. One of the reasons Malcolm X is so heated in his speech is that his ancestors put their sweat and blood into this country and helped make it great but got nothing in return. Similarly, many immigrants are putting their time and effort into working hard here trying to make a living for themselves. Yes, I know that what I am saying may be a stretch, since the African Americans were slaves and the immigrants are not. Today though, immigrants are a cornerstone to the American economy and should be treated with more respect. In 1964, we ended public racism in America mostly in the favor of African Americans. Today, Malcolm X would think that immigrants who are working hard should get something in return in the way of rights because they are doing so much to help the American economy. He makes the connection that segregation is illegal and people (even if they are the police) who are enforcing illegal laws need to be put down. Malcolm X blatantly advocated killing attack dogs used by the police to break up riots about racial inequality. He would want the representatives of the illegal immigrants today to take a much more heated and possibly violent stance to rally and gain support for the Hispanic immigrants who are working hard here in America.
I know that this is a hot topic right now here in the United States, and I honestly feel that Malcolm X would have some extremely powerful words to say on this issue. But the lasting sentiment that I want to leave you with on election day is go vote and make sure that any bill that encourages or emphasizes segregation here in America is forever banned.