Friday, April 3, 2009

Economic Crisis, Anti-Immigrant Violence

As Professor Eric Foner noted at a panel on "Capitalism, Crisis and Politics" last week, during times of economic crisis or transformation, racist ideologies can crystalize and come to the fore, citing the 1890s as a period for the solidifcation of white supremacist ideology in the United States. 

The news of today makes the same argument quite strikingly. 

Correction NOTE: As further details have been released, it appears that the shooter in the case was not someone motivated by anti-immigrant hostility, but an immigrant who had some personal conflict with the Civic Center in Binghamton. Nonetheless, we should still be vigilant to a rising tide of anti-immigrant politics and violence unleashed in this climate of economic crisis. 

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