Racism At ICE?

November 6th, 2007at 09:31pm Posted by Eli

Well, it’s certainly nice to know that our top immigration official is as sensitive and well-attuned to racial concerns as she is qualified:

The Department of Homeland Security will investigate a Halloween costume party hosted by a top immigration official and attended by a man dressed in a striped prison outfit, dreadlocks and darkened skin make-up, a costume some say is offensive, the department’s secretary said.

Julie Myers, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and host of the fundraising party, was on a three-judge panel that originally praised the prisoner costume for “originality.”

Yeah, the idea of a black man in prison is real original. Bravo to Mr. Creative. As Paddy says, “‘Some say’ is offensive?”

Possibly even more disturbing is the flood of apologist trolls in the comments saying, “So he dressed up as a black guy, big deal. Lighten up, it’s Halloween!” Most of them pointedly ignore the fact that the guy dressed up as a prison inmate. Why not just go as a white convict? What’s the value added by licking the third rail of blackface?

And to get back to the main point, how can we expect an agency headed by someone who thinks blackface is clever to treat illegal (or legal) immigrants with any kind of respect or human decency? Oh, right, WE CAN’T.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Immigration,Racism


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