Sunday, April 19, 2009

Border Separation Aberration

"A native El Pasoan, Negron was fed up with national media feeding the frenzy to militarize his hometown. He published an opinion piece on Newspaper Tree titled, 'Who are you idiots, and why are you on national television talking about the border? An open letter to U.S. media':

Get this straight. The violence is not 'spilling over the border' into the U.S. No, every time you say that, whether you mean to or not, you’re conjuring up images of crazed Mexicans crossing the border to burn Columbus, and you have it backwards. It spilled over from the U.S. into Mexico and Latin America long ago. ... [F]or the past 20 years, we’ve been slowly turning the border into a militarized zone, so let’s not say there isn’t violence associated with both sides of the drug trade and the Drug War. We could say that we’re now sharing the violence to a higher degree, an important distinction from the simple-minded terminology of 'spilling over.'"


http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=3014

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