“We as Choctaws rather chose to suffer and be free, than live under the degrading influence of laws, which our voice could not be heard in their formation. ” —Choctaw Chief George W. Harkins to the American People, 1832
♪♫♬ Where have all the Mexicans gone? ♪♫♬
Before Alabama passed its bigoted law, seeing Latinos around my town was as common as seeing whites, blacks, Asians, and Muslims. I live in one of the most diverse communities in Alabama. Great schools and shopping attract people to this area. The traffic is usually a royal clusterfuck because everybody wants to buy shit here.
Last night I stopped for cheap gas near the Riverchase
Gonorrhea Galleria mall. The station is owned and operated by Latinos.
Awesome customer service!
Besides paying at least a nickel less for fuel, the clerks are picking out my treats and vices before I get to the counter. They know me. I asked the clerk, “How’s business?” …Mostly as idle chat, but also, this gas station is usually jammed packed from open to close because everybody around here wants cheaper gasoline. It wasn’t too crowded.
He said, “Terrible. Since that law, everybody’s gone or hiding. Nobody comes out unless it’s dark.”
This morning I made my weekly trip to the grocery store. This is the second week in row that I found a parking spot right up front. Usually, the parking lot is jam packed to the back. Inside, the store is a veritable ghost town. It’s weird.
And I keep thinking about Alabama’s role in the the Trail of Tears and the Indian Removal Act. And the recent story about the principal in Jemison, Alabama who ordered all the Mexican kids into the gym, and how many of these elementary school children were crying because they thought they were being deported and another setting where a little black boy asked if he was going to be shipped to Africa.
Bigots are gleeful when they’re terrorizing people.
Total fucking success Bentley and Beason.
The bigots tip their hands quickly. It starts with opening their mouths. Then degenerates to bullshit storytelling that amounts to how they are single-handedly supporting 100,000 illegal Mexicans with their personal tax dollars.
Is it funny when bigots shoot themselves in the foot? Because they have.
Commerce is WAY down. Like regular ol’ Americans, Latinos, undocumented or not, LOVE to buy shit, too….with the hard won cash they earned in construction, landscaping, and field work. So, they’re not earning or spending.
That great sucking sound is Alabama’s shrinking tax revenue, shrinking economy. Farming alone is the state’s biggest money maker with $5-7 billion in revenue and $50 billion in economic impact. The law comes at harvest time. And a lot of farmers are talking about giving up. They don’t have the time or patience to train prisoners and the unemployed. The harvest is now.
But look how much whiter we are thanks to Bentley and Beason and the rest of the bigots in the Alabama legislature who sold this law to the nuts in our state as an economic boom.