Update: Today Robb Pearson, featured in the videos below, joined the conversation and answered a host of questions and comments from Anti posters. Thanks Robb for your insights into anti-illegal immigrant psychology.
For those not familiar with Robb Pearson’s story, you should watch the Part 1 before Part 2. In Part 1 Robb tells us how a hunger for attention prompted his transition from popular blogger to infamous anti-illegal immigrant activist. His honesty here sheds some light on the psychology of Greg Letiecq, whom he briefly references in this part of the interview.
But Part 2 contains a surprising revelation about the anti-illegal immigration mindset. If you think you understand the mindset now, you will understand it differently after watching this.
I am one of many Prince William County residents who have lamented that the immigration issue seems to have compromised the morals of some good people. County Chairman Corey Stewart is the prime example, someone who I had invited into my home for a fundraiser, someone I voted for in 2006 (not 2007), liked as a person, and still like as a person. When the immigration issue got a hold of him, Corey defended the tactics of Greg Letiecq, he even went so far as to attack Chief Deane. He could forgive the most outrageously racist comments. He even uttered one of his own (Robb also references this).
How could this happen?
Here’s my take on what Robb is saying in Part 2: In order to politicize and rally around the anti-illegal immigration issue, you are going to run into and unfortunately collaborate with people who are anti-immigrant and/or racist. This is not fun, and not easy to do. But it’s as necessary as it is inevitable. So, you suck it up, and, in order to insulate your guilty conscience from the moral issues that naturally come up when you are rallying around racism, you learn to deny that racism is at all possible in any way when advocated on this issue. This forces you to defend just about ANYTHING said on behalf of your cause. The more racist it sounds, the more ferociously you have to defend it. And anyone who points out this weakness in your argument is your enemy for life. Sound familiar?
I used to think that politicians did this to avoid exposing themselves to criticism that could be politically damaging. But now I understand that the impetus is actually a lot more intimate. See, if you admit that even one person on your “side” of the issue is a racist, you have done much more than open yourself up to damaging criticism, you have opened yourself up to introspection and self-critique, which is a lot more dangerous, particularly when your very identity is tied up in taking a “side” on this issue.
I think this may explain why Supervisor Stirrup appointed Rob Duecaster to our Human Services committee. And, it explains why Chairman Stewart, Greg Letiecq, and so many HSM members supported the idea. It was a way of demonstrating to themselves that nothing can be racist if it is said on behalf of the HSM and the Immigration Resolution. It was a way of affirming their self-imposed blindness. In this way, the Duecaster appointment was really not about Prince William County government. It was a private matter between John Stirrup and himself. And, it was a private matter for many of our neighbors seeking to avoid introspection and self-critique, working in concert to convince, not us, but themselves, that anything goes and everything is allowable.