To The Editor:California's recent decision to declare themselves a sanctuary state raises the question as to why? Looking at a sad time in American history, we are reminded of the old Confederate …
To The Editor:
California's recent decision to declare themselves a sanctuary state raises the question as to why? Looking at a sad time in American history, we are reminded of the old Confederate government that supported slavery for the sole purpose of the agricultural industry in the South.
By supporting slavery, an unending supply of cheap labor was made available on the backs of black men and women. The reason for the support of slavery was simple: Money.
Yet, what is the difference between the actions of California and the Confederacy? Agriculture is a huge part of California's economy. Hence, they need cheap labor. By declaring themselves a sanctuary state, California can create an atmosphere that supplies virtual endless slave labor to their agricultural industry.
The undocumented immigrants are literally paid slave wages, nor are they free to leave the "sanctuary." Should they leave, they face deportation. So, like the black slaves of old, they are trapped. They then become the pawns of local industry being paid slave wages for the hard work they do by the sweat of their brow.
These very sanctuaries hold these hardworking [people] in bondage while crying that their only purpose is justice. Justice for whom? Justice for the industries in their areas by supplying endless, trapped, cheap, slave labor.
California is also talking about secession from the United States and becoming once again the Republic of California. Does this remind you of someone else?
One of the reasons they give is that they want to "protect" the undocumented. You see, like the Confederate government of old in their attitude toward the black population, they believe these people must be protected, not just from deportation but also from themselves and the conditions they would live in if it were not for the sanctuaries supplying safety and guidance for them.
California's actions are not altruistic. They are supplying an endless number of slaves. Numbers are not kept. Should an undocumented [worker] be beaten or killed in the fields of labor, no one cares. All you have to do is go get another undocumented slave to replace that one.
So while the gated communities can keep their lawns neat and have someone else to raise their children with little or no expense, and industry has an endless supply of slave labor, it is done so at the cost of the enslavement of human beings.
California will indeed inherit the wind.
— Robert D. Hyden
(Editor's Note: This "Letter to the Editor," written by former Bradley County resident Robert D. Hyden, was originally published in the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Ga. The newspaper has granted permission for today's reprint in the Cleveland Daily Banner.)
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