As much negative feedback we received about our monthlong series on Latinos in our area (we got a lot of good feedback, too), I can only imagine what my phone would do the morning after we did something like this …
Dallas Morning News names illegal immigrants the ‘Texans of the Year’
A snippet of the Dallas Morning News editorial:
He breaks the law by his very presence. He hustles to do hard work many Americans won’t, at least not at the low wages he accepts. The American consumer economy depends on him. America as we have known it for generations may not survive him. We can’t seem to live with him and his family, and if we can live without him, nobody’s figured out how. … To their champions, illegal immigrants are decent, hardworking people who, like generations of European immigrants before them, just want to do better for their families and who contribute to America’s prosperity. They must endure hatred and abuse by those of us who want the benefits of cheap labor but not the presence of illegal immigrants. … Yet to those who want them sent home, illegal immigrants are essentially lawbreakers who violate the nation’s borders. They use public resources – schools, hospitals – to which they aren’t entitled and expect to be served in a foreign language. They’re rapidly changing Texas neighborhoods, cities and culture, and not always for the better. Those who object get tagged as racists.
I talked with Herald reporter Gordon Anderson about this for a little bit, and he thinks anger would evolve because people think “Person of the Year” is supposed to be an “honorable” tag, instead of a literal one. In 2001, Osama Bin Laden was almost a major magazine’s Person of the Year, but the backlash prevented it.
If you think about it, Bin Laden was the 2001 Person of the Year, only because he had the biggest impact, though it was quite negative.