Hello Tumblr community,
I never ask for much & I try to deviate from politics on my blog because I don’t like to get involved in these kinds of discussions on public forum, much less the internet. I attend the University of Texas in Austin and this morning I was informed that the Young Conservatives of Texas, a campus organization infamous for their bake sale a couple of months ago, would be holding this event, titled ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game’, where they plan to release ‘illegal immigrants’ around campus and let people hunt them and bring them to their display table for $25 reward.
As a member of the Hispanic community I find it repulsive that these people think it is okay for them to hold an event like this. I support the freedom of speech and I am thankful it exists, but this is just a display of bigotry & hatred. It will not spark debate on the issue, it will only demoralize those that are in that situation and encourage those who are not to think it is okay to have this mentality or worse, to spark violence against the people that are affected by this situation. Whether you are conservative or liberal, white or a minority, we can all acknowledge there are a million better ways to debate & raise awareness on the issue and humiliating, belittling & demonizing a considerable part of the student body is not one of them.
I would also like to take a moment to remind community that people can’t be “illegal”. No one is innately born illegal or exists illegally; this country was born from & takes pride in supporting equality, freedom & diversity. This country was built by immigrants of all racial backgrounds. More so, I’ve been witness to people affected by this issue, all of which immigrated to this country to find a better living or were brought as children without the awareness of their situation. Thankfully my family & I are not affected by this issue, but I have close friends who are.
My point is that I want to raise awareness on this issue, & I want you guys to know that hatred & bigotry exist.
If you all could do me a favor and contact these people and let them know how you feel I would be tremendously grateful. Even a reblog can help.
Office of the Dean of Students: 512-471-3065
UT’s Climate Response Team (which investigates student incidents, whether race, religion, gender, age or citizenship).
Any of UT’s Offices
For more information visit University of Texas’s official webpage.
Oh, and don’t forget to let the perpetrators know how you feel:
Young Conservatives of Texas’s twitter page
and the organization president, Lorenzo Garcia’s twitter page. (He’s hispanic, which is rather ironic).