Thursday, April 27, 2006

The time to hesitate is through...

Martin Luther King was counseled against activism by supposedly well-meaning advisors. "Now is not the time," he was told. His reply was, more or less, "If not now, when?"

The same principle applies here. Should Latinos wait until vigilantes have killed hundreds at the Mexican border before they take action? Or will they have to hold off until their families are deported? When will there not be a risk of backlash from "Middle America" (whatever that means)?

Immigrant boycott aims to "close" US cities - Yahoo! News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pro-immigration activists say a nationwide boycott and marches planned for May 1 will flood Americas's streets with millions of Latinos to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and shake the ground under Congress as it tackles reform.

But while such a massive turnout could make for the largest protests since the civil rights era of the 1960s, not all Latinos, nor their leaders, were comfortable with such militancy -- fearing a backlash in Middle America.
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