Argument: Building a border fence is not racism

Issue Report: US-Mexico Border Wall


  • Frank Miele, The Daily Interlake, 10/29/06 – “phony issue: If you are in favor of keeping non-citizens out of the United States, you must be a racist. The fact is that culture, not race, is an important part of the border dispute. But that is the whole point of borders. They separate different populations which have their own unique identity….As a student of anthropology, I can tell you that the more homogenized we become, the poorer we become as a people, as a race — the human race — and the less prepared we are to cope with the many varieties of chaos and calamity that have befallen us in the past and will befall us again in the future…There is also nothing racist about wanting to protect one’s own culture. Otherwise the French would be called racists instead of lauded for their jealous husbandry of their considerable cultural treasure. Vive la difference! as they like to say over there. Indeed liberal-minded proponents of diversity should take note. If you really believe in diversity, if you honestly value variety in human experience, then you should be able to see the importance of a fence. We may inevitably become one big global village, but anyone who has ever lived in a big city like New York can tell you that what makes it exciting and educational and valuable is that it is not all alike. When New York loses its Chinatown and its Little Italy and its Spanish Harlem and its other ethnic neighborhoods, then New York will be poorer. The same goes for the community of nations — and one nation in particular, one cultural identity we should not allow to perish from this earth, is the American identity, which is the flowering of many traditions into a unique blossom of liberty, tolerance and diversity. If we surrender that identity, if we do not cherish it and protect it with all our might, then not only will we be poorer, but so will the whole world.”
  • [ 9/09/06] – “After casting her ‘angry liberal’ vote on Tuesday, psychiatrist and Coney Island, N.Y., resident Ellen Weinberg looked past the fence and wall guarding the entrance to her gated community and declared, ‘We have a right to protect our quality of life’ and then added ‘even if it means putting up a [US-Mexico border] wall.'”