OPINION: The racist treatment of Haitian migrants and other immigrants of color must end
- October 6, 2021
- Alana LeBron, UCI Chicano/Latino studies and public health, and William D. Lopez, University of Michigan, explain in this piece for Latino Rebels
We have all seen the images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping Haitian migrants as they carry food back to their families on the U.S. side of the border. This image is a stark reminder of the U.S. history of violent policing of people of color, calling to mind images of U.S. police on horseback chasing escaped slaves and Western cowboys participating in the genocide of Indigenous peoples. This image is a glaring snapshot into the United States’s sordid history of police and vigilantes upholding white supremacy and enacting state-sanctioned violence, sometimes against Mexican and Central American immigrants, other times against Indigenous peoples, and this time, like so many times in our history, against Black people.
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