The Washington Post | Immigrants as People

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I thought immigrants were already people—just people that came from other places.

The Washington Post’s 2012 trend list made its position clear on the matter. Monica Hesse and Dan Zak, who compiled the list, declared immigrants as people as in for 2012, while corporations as people as passé.

The Post links to an article on Republic presidential candidate hopeful Mitt Romney’s staunch opposition to illegal immigration.

The spirit of the comment appears to be advocacy for the immigrant but anyone who actually knows an actual immigrant will look confused when you tell them immigrants are people is the new “it” thing for 2012. Confusion quickly transforms into annoyance and in some cases anger.

I’ll break it down quite simply without getting into the whole ugly hierarchy of humanity that we like to believe doesn’t exist.

A fact cannot be a trend. Immigrants are people. This will not go out of style whether or not people use a hash tag to express this. A more intelligent comment on the treatment of illegal immigrants in particular may have been more useful.

Romney’s claim that “corporations are people too, my friend” is also an interesting issue but its treatment and juxtaposition with the immigrant comment also makes it a throwaway in this list.

At least they had the decency not to throw up an image of an uncontexualized coloured person representing “immigrant as person.” Is this what the world has come to in 2012 that these are the things I am supposed to be grateful about? Sighing and signing off.

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