Yeah, it’s probably racist to say it out loud, but…

Haiti actually is a shithole. Always has been. It was pretty much designed to be, as far as I can tell. I wasn’t aware that was a secret.

I heard the biggest groaner of my life on the Jeep radio this morning, during chicken chores. Some congressvermin* said something like, “You can’t say ‘chain migration,’ that’s racist. African-americans believe they migrated here in chains.”

“Chain migration” seems to be among the recent conservative worship words – along with “replacement population” – used for beating their base into a state of fear over vicious hordes of brown people pouring across the border with their mariachis and their margaritas and their mid-day naps, sucking up all the welfare money and shipping it to Columbia via Payday Loan money orders. It’s stupid, but I’m pretty sure it’s not there to trigger racial memories. I’d like to think black people wise enough to know opportunistic rhetoric when they hear it, but then I also recall a huge shitstorm in California over a republican apparatchik using the word niggardly in a budget meeting, so…

*Just looked it up, it was Dick Durbin and there’s video. The part about “chain migration” is at the 1:40 mark. He sounds quite proud of himself for being so very much more virtuous than Trump.

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5 Responses to Yeah, it’s probably racist to say it out loud, but…

  1. M says:

    Want to sink DACA/Immigration reform before it gets on the Books? This is how it’s done. Two parties just parlaying the system for future votes. D’s can use the sound bites R’s decline to spin.

    If nothing else the past 12-20 years should show people the system isn’t as designed, it’s how it’s sold. Wag the Dog

  2. Ben says:

    “I also recall a huge shitstorm in California over a republican apparatchik using the word niggardly in a budget meeting” What I remember is a District of Columbia employee being fired for using that word. Of all people, Jessie Jackson came to the man’s defense, and he was ultimately reinstated. (That was 20 years ago, but it’s memorable to me because it was the ONLY time I remember Jessie Jackson showing an ounce of character.)

  3. Joel says:

    Ben, it’s possible that’s the incident I recall, and I was just *in* california at the time.

  4. Andrew says:


    If they were in chains as slaves when they got here, they didn’t migrate. They were imported. Like, well, agricultural equipment we import today from China or India.

    I am so tired of al this.

  5. Zelda says:

    Me too Andrew. I’d really like to see all the empty suits taking on something like the dangerously unprotected status of the power grid or the huge piles of trash in our oceans (which could be sucked up very quickly by a large fishing boat (they do it to catch fish) and stored, to be dumped in a landfill, and the increasing concentrations of micro plastics in the oceans and coral reefs which could be, yes, filtered out. Turn the lights, heat, water and air conditioning off, shut down the restaurants and pool and exercise facilities, lock the limos and airplanes up, and send them all home. We are paying for this level of non-productivity and non-functionality??? Lawsy.

To the stake with the heretic!