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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Twitter responses to #refugeeriders on NBC Today


Sometimes, the social micro-blogging site "twitter" is like draining a rancid skin lesion with hashtags rather than a poultice. #hashtags can serve as social media exfoliates, acting to bring venomous opinions to the service.

In other words, how can the descendants of American immigrants, who were raised in our nation's huge "melting pot", possibly object to others who want to achieve the same freedom as our immigrant ancestors?

This can be a tribute to "tweeters" like me, who howl at the vitriolic responses from irrational thinkers who create reactionary arguments to logical thinking. 

Okay, at least, it should be a tribute, if the responses weren't also outrageous.

Weird tweets to logical posts means the outrageous responses are real time replies to something the tweeters really read before answering. In itself, that's at least some progress. Most times, radical reactionaries concoct theories about intellectual concepts and just blubber zealous garbage. On twitter, however, one can assume the respondents read 140 characters and understand the meaning of the messages to which they're responding. 

On NBCToday on July 2nd, the "Orange Room" question asked tweeters to respond with the hashtag #refugeeriders, in response to our nation's growing wave of immigration from Central America.  

Carson Daly of Today asked for twitter opinions about the desperate immigrant children and their mothers who were filmed being turned away from immigration processing centers in San Diego by angry demonstrators. 

I can't understand how people who are descendants of immigrants, like the protesters, could cruelly prevent other people from entering the US. Central American refugees are like any of our own ancestor, who came to the US to find a better life and to seek freedom.  

Nevertheless, here are the irrational responses to my #refugeeriders tweet:



2.  Laura Winkler ‏@stjohnswoods 7h

That statement might be worth a pittance if borderfelons were held 2 the standards of, at very least, my ancestors @julianawriter @TODAYshow


3.  LoneStar Dad ‏@LoneStar_Dad 8h

@julianawriter @TODAYshow ...Legal immigration v "illegal" why is that so hard to understand? #RefugeeRiders #tcot

4.  GimmeGowdy ‏@PolitiKellyRite 9h

@julianawriter @TODAYshow ...My WHITE European family cannot get more than a 3 month visa. Why.

5.  GimmeGowdy ‏@PolitiKellyRite 9h

@julianawriter @TODAYshow because they didn't follow the LEGAL PATH to citizenship, right?

6.  Additionally, to the above response, 7 people gave a "favorite" to my tweet #refugeeriders

Consequently, simple math, those who supported my #refugeeriders tweet outnumbered those who provided the vitriolic responses.

Nevertheless, none addressed the premise of my tweet.  

My premise is this: how can people, like us, who are descended from immigrants, ethically object and block others who are striving to achieve the same freedoms sought by our ancestors?

GimmyGowdy and her "white" family are the worst response because skin color has virtually nothing to do with immigration status. This racist response, more or less, supports the presumption that the #refugeeriders negative responses are more anti-Hispanics (who are Caucasians, by the way) than they are opposed to immigration.

When my grandparents immigrated, the US was decidedly anti-Catholic. My grandparents might as well have been people of color as Catholic. Today, religious prejudice against Christian faiths has largely subsided but, a century ago, it was as real as racism is today.

Immigration status should be awarded to those who enter the US with the intention of finding legitimate refuge from oppression, tyranny, and political executions and willing to work for a better way of life. These people want to work! They didn't travel dangerous terrain to seek asylum in the US because they're lazy!

Those of us who are descendants of immigrants must meditate about the intentions of our own ancestors. We are ethically called to prevent blocking the desperate refugees, mothers and children, who came from Central America and other Hispanic nations, from seeking a better life in the USA.

#refugeeriders - Please answer my tweet rather than waste social networking time creating vitriolic and illogical responses. 

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2 Comments:

Blogger LD LH said...

You question "how can the descendants of American immigrants, who were raised in our nation's huge "melting pot", possibly object to others who want to achieve the same freedom as our immigrant ancestors?"

Its very simple, these illegal immigrants are first of all breaking the law. They are entering the United States illegally and not following the appropriate process for citizenship. Once again, you are member of the liberal media that does not understand the meaning of ILLEGAL, illegal is defined as "contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law". And in this particular case, these people are attempting to circumvent the appropriate process and are breaking the law. These people do not make any attempt to assimilate into the society they are entering, take jobs illegally so those buisness owners such as restaurant owners, landscapers and contruction contractors do not have the pay them appropriate and avoid the tax burden.

The descendants of American immigrants came to the United States becaues they wanted a better life and WANTED to be an American citizen. This is not the case with these people, meanwhile there is high unemployment and these people continue to enter our nation illegally. These people do not make any attempts to assimilate as part of the American society and are just here because they know those businesses will hire them.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Juliana L'Heureux said...

These refugees from tyranny with their children are not criminals let's stop using incendiary language when the premise still remains. Your ancestors are immigrants. They may have been undocumented, in fact, there's a better than 50/50 chance at least one of your immigrant ancestors was undocumented. Your hypocrisy is blinding you to truth. You're using incendiary language to inflame rhetoric without regard for improving the human condition or compassion for the refugees fleeing tyranny and threat of executions in Central America. "There by the Grace of God"...go any of us. Please demonstrate restraint in your inappropriate use of labels. It's a fact, these refugees are not criminals.

8:43 AM  

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