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Georgia’s recent immigration protests resembles Civil Rights Movement – Macon Political Buzz | Examiner.com.

In this most recent protest, labor leaders and protesters were joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The civil rights activist has said that this new immigration law is unconstitutional and is an effort to legalize racial profiling in the United States.

Latinos’ population have continued to rise, but the struggle to achieve civil rights have paralleled the fight for civil rights that African-Americans struggled to receive via landmark Supreme Court decisions throughout the 20th century.

In the most recent Census, Latinos comprise approximately nine percent of Georgia and that number is growing. The state of Georgia has the highest percentage of African-Americans of any state in the nation with approximately 31 percent.

So four out every 10 Georgians are either black or brown.

Myths about undocumented immigrants have been cited as a reason for a state such as Georgia or Arizona to enact punitive laws that doesn’t solve the problem , but  hurts the Peach State’s economy.

Immigration reform is needed, but Republican economic policies over the past decade led by George W. Bush has had more of detrimental, negative trickle down effect on the economy than illegal immigration.

Republicans have given record-setting tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires n 2001 and 2003 that helped to turn a surplus left by Bill Clinton into a deficit,. Plus, conservative governors nationwide have refused or delayed help from the federal government’s economic stimulus (passed by a Democratic Congress) here in Georgia back in 2009 and 2010.

The tenure of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and the more conservative current governor, Nathan Deal has halted the economic recovery here in the Peach State. Conservatives are willing to bankrupt Georgia in order to prove a political point against President Barack Obama, and the people getting hurt are mostly middle-class and lower-income Georgians.

Both Perdue and Deal ran campaigns during mid-term election years (2002, 2006, 2010) and scapegoating immigrants and racial minorities has proven to be profitable politically, but the poisonous fruit of their legislation such as HB-87 has begun to make some of their own conservative constituents question this law.

Many may remember in America’s long history, African-Americans were viewed as three-fifths of a human being at one-time by law and one of the worst Supreme Court justices ever–Roger Tawney–had issued an opinion in the Dred Scott Decision of 1857:

Here is part of it:

[African Americans] had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold, and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever a profit could be made by it.

Laws had been subsequently created such as the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws and they were fought in court and eventually those punitive, unconstitutional laws were struck down.

Parts of HB-87 has been blocked by a judge for now and also in Arizona

This issue definitely brings in the votes for Republican candidates, but when it comes to governing and getting American moving in a forward direction, this is where Republicans have come up vastly short.

America is a nation of immigrants–a melting pot– and conservative policies don’t provide solutions, but present more problems.

Rural Georgians , who primarily vote Republican, are in my cases registered Democrats who want to have it both ways on the issue of undocumented workers and immigration reform.

This isn’t 1935 or 1956. This is 2011.

Rural Republicans who are former Dixiecrats has had a tough time adapting to the fact that diversity is a strength, but a weakness.

The issue of immigration reform is a civil rights issue, bu also a labor law issue as well.

One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s last speeches involved the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike.

Many workers were walking around with signs that said “I am a Man”.

Progressive whites, blacks and people of all races should be alarmed along with open-minded independents in the state of Georgia.

Georgia farmers, agri-business and construction companies have utilized Latinos to help boost their businesses over the past couple of decades and usually get paid less than the minimum wage in many cases and often migrant workers and undocumented workers work in the metaphorical shadows.

African-American Georgians who are older than 70 years old remember the time of Jim Crow and sharecropping in the Deep South.

Many Georgia farmers and Georgia businesses who utilize migrant labor for decades have grown to like this arrangement, but at some point there has to be a pathway to citizenship for migrant workers.

When African-Americans were fighting for voting rights in the early-to-mid 20th century, legal obstacles were thrown up in the same fashion that HB-87 or the Voter I.D. law are put up today.

Punitive, unconstitutional legislation such as HB-87 doesn’t save American jobs, but damages Georgia’s economy and hurts the soul of this country.

For now, the protest marches will continue.

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