I got yelled at for defending Donald Trump’s remarks on illegals during his presidential announcement. The argument seemed to be that Trump had said most illegals are rapists and murderers, so by defending that I am saying that most Mexicans are criminals. Here’s what Trump said:
It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
I’ll skip over the argument’s blow by blow to the point I want to make. A lot of people, even on the right, say that Trump was being rude, crude, insulting, and downright racist. And people who agree with him are being racist. Here’s my answer:
I legally immigrated to the US because I thought it was the country that loved freedom and respected the law.
Here’s one thing I will say to those who think I am racist for judging illegals. You seem to think illegals represent all of their “race.”
You seem to think, moreover, that they cannot be held to the same standards of law-abiding that you and I can.
Well, I see them as humans who have just as much free will and conscience as I do. I see them as my equals. I see them as my equals who are being allowed to break laws, who are being REWARDED for breaking laws, while I am being punished for noticing it.
You seem to think you are better than them, and that you are better than me.
I think you are equal to them. I think you are equal to me. Before God, and once upon a time, before the law, we are all equal. So ask yourself, who of us, if any, is being racist?