Well it looks like the metro area street artists decided to come and try to beautify Historic Norcross with some meaningful art. I am impressed that they thought that Norcross (specifically, Thrasher Park and Cemetery Street) has enough clout to make their statements at.
I am also impressed with their style and caliber of their talent. My issue though is their political topic that they wished to express… I am all for human/civil rights but I am not too keen on the immigrant rights topic.
To clarify something about me before I start my rant: Yes, my mother is an immigrant as are many in my family. I do think that any country should give allow the basic needs to all people and that every government should treat any person with dignity and respect.
Food, medical and emergency needs should be given without question when called for. But that is not what immigrant rights are asking for. When researched, what is being requested is the right to work, have benefits and vote... Yes, you read that correctly, vote!
As I see it they are asking for citizenship without having to become a citizen. What other nation on our planet offers that? I am sure that I were to move to, say, Japan, Mexico or my home country of Costa Rica, they would not allow me those rights. Especially the right to vote--and I was born in Costa Rica, without first becoming a citizen of that nation.
This leads to many other theories in my mind that I really don’t have space to get in to in this blog. But, either way, the form of immigrant rights that are being requested is a scary way to undermine our nation and ruin all that our forefathers fought for. It will open the door for another country to come in and take us over without bloodshed if their citizens were manipulated to vote in exchange for a trip to our borders.
I am guessing these works of art were placed up by someone who really just wants attention, and are confusing immigrant rights with the new illegal immigrant law that is trying to be pushed in our state. I agree I am not a fan of the law. I think some of it is way too broad and almost racist.
If they (the legal system) believe you are an illegal immigrant you have to show proof of citizenship on demand. How is that racist? Well it means if this law is passed that my mother who is a citizen of the US for over 30 years will be required to carry her passport with her at all times. Because if she is with friends chatting away in Spanish at 1000-words-a-minute and gets pulled over and the police officer does believe there are illegals in the vehicle she can be locked up.
Yes, locked up for no proof of citizenship! The same can happen to a visa carrying visitor to our nation! Yeah that feels welcoming to the US doesn’t it? I agree with many immigrants this is not a good law--but it’s not "immigrant rights." It’s a Latino/Hispanic and other visitors human rights and quality-of-life issue. Our state leaders should also see how this law is not helping the state of Arizona.
If the artists wish to continue to make a political statement breaking the law, themselves defacing public property, I do recommend that they do it on topics that are really useful to people here in the U.S. and around the world, like healthcare (which would be just as horrible for immigrants, if not fixed), genetic formulated/altered foods, tax reform, stopping frivolous law suits, removing theocratic bigots from the Tea Party, Sunday alcohol sales & getting ToHo to make another Godzilla Movie.
Okay, yeah, the last one is only important to me but honestly if you are going to make a political statement please be knowledgeable and informative.
On a positive note I do like your talent! Keep up the good skills!