I was so frustrated I wanted to scream. For three weeks I had been trying to get a visa to visit Nigeria and for three weeks they had been stone walling me. You see they wanted an actual copy of my bank account records. Now anyone who’s ever used the Internet knows that Nigeria is a hotbed for financial fraudsters. How many of you have gotten that e-mail asking for you to send them your bank account number so you could receive millions of dollars. President Clinton’s daughter’s future father-in-law even fell for it. In Nigeria they call it “419.” A 419 is a scam.
I wasn’t about to be 419’d by the Nigerian Embassy in New York. So I called them up and relayed my reservations about providing a copy of my bank statement to them. You know what he said to me? “Well, ma’am,” he said, “That’s what is required to visit our country. No bank statement, no visa.” And that was it. Around the world every country has certain expectations that visitors who come to their country will abide by certain rules, no matter how inconvenient they may be. So when I heard the uproar over Arizona’s new immigration law I smiled. I could only image that the opponents to the provision of the law that states police have the right to ask for people’s lawful identification have never traveled to Nigeria.
Global Travelers Always Have Their Papers
In the last six years I’ve traveled to five continents and more than 30 cities and believe you me I had my papers on me at all times. And it didn’t matter when I went to Africa; just because my skin was the same color didn’t make me a citizen. I was especially singled out when I flew to northern Nigeria. A Muslim enclave in Africa’s most populous country, northern Nigeria is a place where strangers are quickly pointed out. There is no blending in. As soon as I got off the airplane my western dress, language and broad smile gave me away. I remember walking through the airport to look for a taxi driver and being stopped by two armed military guards. They lead me to a small room just outside the airport security area where they demanded to see my papers. After painstakingly writing down everything there was to know from my passport they preceded to ask me where I was staying, why I was visiting and who was I there to see. They told me that it was for my own protection – just in case a riot happened in the middle of the night and they needed to make sure the American tourist was O.K. But the whole ordeal didn’t phase me one bit. After traveling around the world I am pretty use to showing my papers whenever I go somewhere else.
American Citizens Are Free Until They Travel Abroad
People in America disdain racial profiling because of its ugly history in this racially divided country. The alarmists remember the days when being black was the only criteria used to arrest, convict and punish people for crimes. There was a time in this country where acting as a free black man could get you killed. So it’s understandable that when someone starts talking about arresting and jailing people because of the color of their skin or their country of origin people get a little edgy. We do not want to return to the days of Jim Crow and people hanging from trees because of their skin color. But around the world racial profiling, or more exact ethnic profiling does exist. Don’t believe me? Try being an American tourist in Nigeria? Suddenly you and your driver will be paying “extra fees,” and doling out fistful of Nira to all sorts of officials – police, airport security, traffic cops. They have profiled you. They know you are America and they want their share of your independence inheritance. You can take offense and complain to the ACLU but it won’t do you any good. You are a foreigner in a foreign country and as such you need to abide by their rules. And if you think that Nigerian cop stopped your taxi cab because of routine you’re either naive or well, you know. When you travel to another country if they demand that you show them your passport, papers, even bank statements you must comply or put simply don’t go.
America’s Immigration Duality
On the surface requiring foreigners to carry papers with them at all times is not an outrageous request. But like everything in America there is a parallel universe. There is the rhetoric we espouse as a country and their is the reality we display. The Constitution promised freedom to all men save the 3/5th man that was a black person. You know the drill. So we say we want to protect our borders against illegal immigrants who are criminals yet we allow Marta and Mario to clean our houses, do our lawns and wash dishes in our restaurants and we of course never ask for their papers. The federal government has refused to address the problem of Mexico supporting its economy by sending its citizens to work in our country. They won’t do anything about illegal immigration so Arizona has forced its hand. I believe the law in Arizona is a little mean-spirited and fueled by some baseless fear. But I understand that fear because I’ve been in an area where foreigners pose a fatal threat. Until the feds act on immigration we’ll get more laws like Arizona. And until then, I’ll keep my passport on me.
“Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke these words to George the Greek Guy Commentator on ABC’s Sunday Morning political talk show. George as usual was giving her softball questions – that’s all the media seems to do these days – about the economic stimulus package that will saddle our children’s children with debt for the rest of their natural lives.
(WARNING: Parenthentical Pause Here) Whoever thinks that it’s a good idea to borrow money to spend money in an economy that’s in a recession because too many people and institutions borrowed money to spend money is an idiot. Yes that means you President Barack Obama.
But that’s another story. Anyway, I had to read the transcript from the show twice. I mean did she actually say that? Did Nancy P., spill the beans on the secret agenda of the left to kill poor babies? Did she out them?
OK now before you think I’m some crazy right-wing nut let me give you my credentials. I’m a Democrat. I voted for Obama. I worked for the Democratic Party in Colorado. I’m what you would call a conservative Democrat. My friends call me a closet-Republican. But I am not as cynical as many conservatives I know. I believe in free will and that includes the free will to be an idiot. But I am a Christian and the major thing that bothers me the most about the Democratic party is its pro-abortion stance. (And it ain’t pro-choice – pro to choose to kill that’s all).
So being an anti-abortion advocate I have studied up on the subject. I’m not some freaky protester who waves signs and shouts my mouth off. I do believe that women have the choice to follow God’s will for their lives or to kill their child. (Too blunt???)
I began my research when I was a reporter some years ago. I was reasearching Planned Parenthood’s beginning. One of its founders was being celebrated through a big donation and I was covering the event. I talked about family planning but I also looked up PP’s business of abortions. Often PP is the only place a woman can get a legal abortion in her area. I was shocked when I looked in the Farmers Almanac (no it’s not just for farms any more) to discover that for ever black baby born in the United States one is killed. That stat is still true today with about 503 of every 1,000 black babies ending up in dumpsters. Being an African-American female I was disgusted. Culturally it’s against everything that’s black to kill your kids. Blacks, and I include our ancestral brothers and sisters in Africa, are notorious for taking in the kids of family when momma and daddy don’t act right! How many black grandmothers you see raising kids? Far too many. So, I thought, what in the world would make black people kill their children at such an alarming rate? (It’s 3x as much as white women btw).
That question led me to Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, like-minded to Hitler and prima donna of the American eugenics movement. For the uninitiated eugenics was a movement in the early 20th century to rid the world of the undesirables – the mentall ill, the disabled and the poor and ethnic minority in order to breed a better human being. Margaret Sanger a “public health,” nurse worked in the hard-boiled ghettos of New York, mainly in Manhattan. Her official autobiography will tell you that she was a champion of women’s reproductive rights and part of the women’s freedom movement. And she was. She was also the woman who created the Negro Project in 1939 which enlisted black preachers in an effort to promote sterilization among the black community. Well, no one’s perfect right?
I know this sounds like so much right-wing consipiracy and I was skeptical but thank God people in the early 1900s had to write their thoughts down because you can get a real sense of Sanger’s passion to exterminate blacks, Latinos, the poor and disabled and anyone else she felt didn’t live up to her intellectual standards in her magazine the Birth Control Review. Sanger called Jews and Latinos “weeds, a deadweight of human waste…” and that blacks were a menace to the human race. Yeah, no need to accuse me of taking her words out of context. She said them I didn’t.
Anyway, back to Nance P., a woman who is lock step with Margaret Sanger if there ever was one. A woman with six grandchildren but those babies deserve to live because they’re part of the rich powerful elite!
Since George I’m too worried about my hair didn’t ask Ms. Pelosi a follow up question I’m left to assume what Nancy meant when she said “family planning reduces cost .” She didn’t say contraception only so I can only assume she means more than the Pill. Family planning…hmmm whatever could that nebulous, friendly-sounding term mean? Well there’s contraception of course. There’s birth spacing. There’s condom usage. Oh yeah and abortion. So abortion saves costs. But what costs? Oh yeah the cost of another human being. So by Nancy’s logic, babies should be killed to save costs. But she couldn’t be talking about people who are rich because presumably they can afford the costs. Sooo poor babies who are killed save costs.
So by that brilliant deduction Nancy P., wants to kill poor babies. And I know you population control freaks are saying so what – there’s too many people on the planet. Well I don’t think there would be too many people on the planet if people would just let nature take it course. But the longevity lobby, the advocates for the baby booming I”m going live forever generation is much bigger than the unborn child lobby. So we get a Speaker of the House who advocates killing poor babies to save money and no one bats an eye.
I’m too sad to be angry at my party. It’s just tragic that we’ve become the Grim Reaper of policy issues. Where in our Constitution does it say life, liberty and the pursuit of death?