Archive for August, 2007

Assimilation Blues: Immigration and the Dysfunctions of the Dominant Culture

When it gets down to it, most opposition to immigration has nothing to do with the legality or illegality of those entering the United States. After all, if obeying the law were the real issue, there would be a simple way to satisfy those who claim they only want to make sure immigration is done [...]

Personal Responsibility for Thee But Not for Me: Blame Shifting and Buck-Passing, Conservative Style

Conservatives love to parade as the apostles of personal responsibility. Whenever the issues of poverty, racism, or crime come up, for example, those on the right are quick to demand “personal responsibility” from the poor, from people of color, or from criminals. If you’re struggling economically, don’t blame the system: just work harder. If you [...]