the United States there exists a lag time between public opinion and policy action. The lag time may be a good thing or it may be a bad thing. For example the current sentiment in Alabama is to repeal many of the parts to the immigration policy which has been so harsh. The lag time has made it so the legislation is still in effect even if people have decided it should go. In other cases the lag time has created such a disconnect between the legislation creation or changes and what the current attitudes of the public are. The time which currently does exist does however protect the states from continually having sweeping changes in legislation. I do wonder though if people simply accept the status quo in regards to having legislation policies that seem outdated or if they will continue to push to make our law makers more in tune with those whom they are making laws for.
I was recently reading an incredibly interesting book, called False Mystics, about the Spanish Inquisition in Mexico that discusses what is known as “Double Mistaken Identity.” Double Mistaken Identity is most commonly used by Mexican ethno-historians in describing how, according to historian Nora Jaffary, “Catholic proselytizers and indigenous peoples misinterpret[ed] each others religious systems.” James Lockhart, in Nahuas after the Conquest, offers a definition of double mistaken identity in his discussion of how both Spaniards and Nahuas presumed a sense of shared commonalities between each other based on their religious beliefs. Lockhart explains that in these situations, “each side takes it that a given form or concept is essentially one already known to it, operating in much the same manner as in its own tradition, and hardly take cognizance of the other side’s interpretation.”
This made me think how we can apply double mistaken identity to our own lives today, and in the process of realizing its occurrence in our lives, make the world a little bit better. Misunderstandings, lack of tolerance, and a supposed supreme ethnocentric mentality creates the foundation for much of the hatred and feelings of ill will that both immigrants and citizens sometimes feel towards each other. Perhaps if we can overcome the inclination to presume somebody knows or understands something simply because it is so ingrained in us we take it for granted, perhaps a more complete and true understanding can occur between peoples with differing world views and systems of belief. I realize I am generally preaching to the choir here, but if perhaps we can educate at least one person regarding the nature of immigration in the United States we can hopefully lay a foundation for immigrants (undocumented and documented) and citizens to find a true commonality in our humanity in a fashion that allows for all peoples to partake of the wonderful benefits our great nation has to offer.
Today is the conclusion of our feature on “Immigration in Pictures”. I hope you have not only been able to learn more about Camille J. Mackler and her awesome site but to learn more about why a perspective on immigration matters. I mentioned it earlier in the week but I love this site because of the focus on pictures. Pictures bring a perspective that often includes human faces. It is perspectives like these that must be considered when thinking of immigration in our country. Here are the other parts of the feature if you missed them. Part 1, Part 2. Continue reading →
The detention of migrants is a multi-billion dollar industry in America, one in which immigrants are traded like products and are for sale to the highest bidder. The Private Correctional facilities are the ones benefiting with profits close to $5 billion dollars annually… Continue reading →
From both what I know of Romney and the communities in Mexico where his relatives live is relatively accurate. However the random off shoot during the late parts of the segment regarding Mormon's is a little off center. Continue reading →
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