It is about time that the racial prejudice is brought to light, and measures taken to eradicate the harassment that is visited upon the Hispanic community.

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East Haven, Connecticut, Police Chief Leonard Gallo will retire following the arrests of four police officers for their alleged role in the mistreatment of Latinos, city officials said Monday.

The arrests stemmed from a federal investigation into racial profiling in the town.

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Current Research

Thus far I have been using Google Alerts for daily materials on Immigration Law Reform and Hispanic Immigration. Most of the alerts sent are from news services and newspapers. All show biases for and against legal/illegal immigrants. We all do have a viewpoint on any given subject as has I have recently been reminded of by an academic acquaintance. For that reason, I have decided to narrow my search to the psychological effects on the families, which are facing detention/deportation, and separation from family members. Latino/Hispanic communities already are in place here in the United States. I, so far, have found four articles, which analyze the psychological effects on these families; lower academic skills, increased teen pregnancies,Clinical Depression diagnoses and Diagnoses of Extreme Anxiety disorders, to name a few.

Immigration

Immigration Laws: A History of Racism

While white immigrants came by the thousands to our shores looking for freedom and a chance at prosperity, non-whites were looked upon with suspicion, often experienced rejection. The history of immigration to the United States is filled with examples of racial profiling. For instance, the Irish were allowed to come here only to fill jobs that were considered too dangerous for a white person, or Black slave (being considered a valuable piece of property) to attempt. The Irish were not alone in this exploitation. The Chinese were also allowed to come to our shores to work on the Western Pacific Railroad, and to work service jobs supporting the gold miners in California. Italians also were looked upon with suspicion, allowed to come, reluctantly, because their skin was normally darker than that of the Northwestern Europeans (British, French, and Germans). The racial profiling began with the start of our country as a free nation.Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia stated;

The first naturalization law in the United States was the Naturalization Act of 1790, which restricted naturalization to “free white persons” of “good moral character” who had resided in the country for two years and had kept their current state of residence for a year (Statutes At Large, First Congress, Session II, p.103).

Did you notice the word “white?” That word was the foundation upon which the United States built this nation, a land of prosperity for Whites. The profiling began immediately, based entirely on skin color! The same racial restrictions would end up at various times within our United States Immigration and Naturalization laws to apply to others of Asian (Japan, Republic of  the Philippines, Chinese, Korean, etc.) descent. Those of Latino/Hispanic background, being of a darker skin color than their white neighbors are still experiencing racial discrimination, which is why they group together in small communities of their own. Whether they have been in this country for over a century as U.S. citizens or not, they are now the target of the threat of deportation, and family separation. The future of their children is now at stake. What would you do?

            When a legal means of immigration does not exist, a person will, in desperation, attempt to migrate to wherever there is family, a job, and a means to get ahead in life. Illegal? Yes, it is! But there undeniably exists a natural human drive to reunite with loved ones, to be a cohesive unit, a family that cannot be denied. This is the current situation with Mexican immigrants today. Many have come to find work, a better quality of living, and the chance to experience progress in the United States for themselves and their children.

 

 

 

Haiti

The Cholera Epidemic

 

In response to the Guardian blog called “Poverty Matters,” dated 07 Nov. 2011, I have to wonder what is being done with the foreign aid funding, and private organizational funding sent to help Haiti deal with problems left after the earthquake. Is it really being used for medical treatments for the multitude of its citizens afflicted with cholera, or is most of it going to administrative costs or elsewhere? Why aren’t Haiti’s leaders trying to build an infrastructure, which will provide clean drinking water and sanitation for the entire populace? Perhaps I can help others to understand why.

 In countries like Haiti, there are basically two social classes. The majority of the population falls into the poverty-stricken class. The rest of the population of Haiti, that small minority, which consists of governmental bureaucrats, the extremely wealthy, and those who would turn a blind eye to the misery of the poor, control the fates of the poverty stricken. It is any government’s responsibility to provide for the welfare of its people, Haiti included. Funding will eventually dry up if the Haitian government does not take action to illustrate to the rest of the world that it is trying hard to help itself. The wealthy Haitian citizens have and control the funding necessary to help their neighbors in the aftermath of the earthquake, to combat this epidemic. According to the reporters from “The Guardian following the progress towards recovery of the island nation, over the past year, it appears that little has been done to ensure that those who have been cured of the cholera are not going to catch it again.” I feel that until Haiti’s leaders build up the afore-mentioned means to eradicate the epidemic, and prepare Haiti for future disasters. Haiti will continue to be a vast money pit for foreign and private funds, and will be permanently crippled in its attempts towards a stronger economic stance. Haiti’s current condition will prevent the country from ever standing on its own. I say use the money for what it was intended, help the afflicted, build an infrastructure which will provide for the health needs of the population and the epidemic will eventually be eradicated. The populace will be ready for the next disaster.

  

 

 

Fresh Is Best

Fresh Is Best

In the world of food, the fresher the better it is for our consumption. In many countries throughout the world the shopper does not have the convenience of storing food over many days. Instead, the shopper buys food for one day and the family consumes the food in that day. The advantage to this mode of shopping is that the food is grown locally, contains almost no preservatives, and there is no pre-processing to speak of. The vegetables were grown by local farmers, without synthetic fertilizers or chemical insecticides, picked today and sold today. The meat products are raised locally, and butchered by your neighborhood butcher last night or this morning. The keywords to remember here are all-natural, chemical-free and sustainable. An overall winning combination for the consumer, which provides maximum nutrients, and vitamins, which in turn, equates to substantial benefits for one’s good health, lower food costs, and sustainability, which protects the entire eco-system.

When considering the benefits to one’s health, one must realize that there are many chemical additives placed in commercially processed foods, which are actually harmful to one’s overall health. Today’s commercially processed foods contain excessive amounts of sugar, in all forms, dextrose, fructose, and even High Fructose Corn Syrup [HFCS]. It is no far stretch to connect these forms in our diets to the high increase of diabetes in many Americans today. They appear in a magnitude of commercially processed foods. It is startling to find sugars, and forms thereof, in foods, which the consumer would never think of putting in a particular dish, but they are in it anyway, whether it appears on the list of ingredients or not. And for the consumer who is weight conscious, one has saccharine and aspartame, both trick the body into believing it is getting the sugar it so craves. Salt, originally used to naturally preserve foods, is also used to excess by many Americans today, which has been shown by medical researchers to lead to high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. It appears in our canned foods, even our frozen vegetables! What are advertised to be a “healthy choice,” many times turns out to be a contributing factor to one’s early demise. Today, commercially processed foods even contain artificially enhanced flavors, which are a chemical cocktail of chemicals used to make things taste as they would in nature.

The “Slow Foods” campaign is an excellent concept to help people worldwide to better their health, as well as the eco-systems of the planet. There are springing up in many urban settings, small community gardens, which are producing good quality foods, which are not exposed to chemicals and non-organic fertilizers. The message is clear; mankind needs to take the steps necessary to enhance our lives one small step at a time. Take that step to improve our world, you deserve it!

My take on Alan Rusbridger’s “Queen Mary Talk

My take on Alan Rusbridger’s

“Queen Mary Talk”

 

I believe that Alan Rusbridger was correct in his vision of a new policy for journalists in the reporting of accurate articles on many different subjects by using free online technology like Twitter.com and others. One cannot object to the price, as it is free, and there are many well informed people that use blog-sites to further their knowledge of a topic, and to disseminate said information to millions of website bloggers. Many of these bloggers are professionals in their fields, and can provide guidance when a blogger is wrong by providing him with the correct up to date information on that particular topic. It is a win-win situation for all.

The information may come from eye-witness accounts of what actually happened at a scene, often disproving false information put out either to deceive the civilian masses, or to draw attention from the real issue at hand. In the past many journalists had a false sense of their own expertise, and put themselves up on pedestals as the supreme authorities on a topic. Journalists often were oblivious to the advantages of listening to the common people, and learning about relatively new technologies, such as Twitter.com, Facebook.com, and a myriad of other online sources, which are available to anyone with internet access and a computer. These new tools can cut down on shoe leather wear due to countless hours tracking down physical sources, time, and best of all, the costs to do so! Learning to incorporate these free sources into the traditional job of reporters and journalists can mean the local newspapers can stay in business. Learning to use these afore-mentioned tools may not be easy for some of us, but will certainly benefit us in the future.