Tag Archives: immigration

NYT: All fashionable Asians in the Lower East Side are non-American

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Racialicious reader Katie points us to this little gem in The New York Times that totally promotes the Asians as perpetual foreigners stereotype. Here’s what Katie says:

There’s this little piece on the fashion of Asians – apparently NOT Asian-Americans – hanging out on the Lower East Side. The verbiage is… problematic. The piece is titled “The Lower (Far) East Side,” but unless they asked for the citizenship of everyone who they photographed or interviewed for the piece, it looks like they’re lumping us all into exotic-Asian-from-a-faraway-place-with-
strange-fashion-taking-over-US.

Bill O’Reilly uses car crash tragedy to attack immigrants

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Bill O’Reilly goes ballistic on Geraldo in this clip. The background from The Raw Story (thanks Tereza for the tip!):

Bill O’Reilly has used the tragedy of the death of two young girls in Virginia Beach, VA, whose car was struck by a drunk driver, to launch an attack on illegal immigrants.

Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien, was charged with aggravated manslaughter for the deaths of two teen aged girls during an auto accident in which he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Hear Anti-Racist Parent columnist discuss Toys R Us controversy

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Congrats to Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber! He appeared on the well-regarded Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC yesterday to discuss the controversy surrounding Toys R Us’s first baby contest. You can listen or download an MP3.

In case you ‘re not familiar with the story, Toys R Us initially denied a $25,000 prize to a baby because her mother wasn’t a legal U.S. resident. The company later reversed the decision after the public outcry.

NYC deli sells sandwich called “The Illegal”

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

the illegal sandwichFirst came Green Card energy drink. Now comes a sandwich called “The Illegal.”

Apparently, there’s a deli across the street from New York City’s Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters that has begun selling a sandwich by that name:

The “Illegal” — Sausalito turkey, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and a jalapeño-fi red guacamole spread — is not on the menu above but is advertised from its sign in the display case, which also shows a man going through a barbed wire fence.

They’ve been making it for about six months, according to Roberto Agapito, the soup-ladling, cutlet-cutting, potato-chip-scooping Mexican mastermind behind the creation.

If you order an Illegal in Spanish at the Civic, the inevitable ensues.

Customer: “I’ll have an Illegal, please.”

Worker (pointing to guy next to him): “Here’s one.”

Laughter all around.

Agapito, who has been in the United States for 12 years, said he created it to honor the experiences of many of his fellow Latino immigrants.

I’m sure they feel very honored.