This ridiculous “illegal alien” Halloween costume was being sold at a bunch of major retail stores recently until the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights took issue last Friday. Since then, companies including Target, Walgreens and eBay have removed the costume from their inventory. According to the Associated Press:
Target has said it sold the costume online only and that it was posted by accident though it did not meet the company’s standards. eBay said it asked sellers to remove the costume because it “does not allow items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views.”
This actually seems like a pretty remarkable step for immigration advocates, who have fought to erase the hateful and inhuman term “illegal alien” from our nation’s vocabulary for quite some time and to mostly little success, thanks to xenophobic mainstream talking heads like Lou Dobbs. Unfortunately many local stores are still selling the costume, which also paradoxically comes with a green card. If that doesn’t reveal this country’s hateful ignorance toward immigrants, I don’t know what does.
Some people have argued that the activists can’t take a joke and that if anything this costume is making fun of the antiquated terminology we use for undocumented immigrants. But only someone who has no idea what the undocumented face in this country—such as indefinite imprisonment—would take issue with the outcry over this costume.
It’s not just some effort to make Halloween costumes more PC. If that were the case then activists would be attacking the many other costumes that play on Hispanic stereotypes. And to be honest, they’d probably have a case with something like this donkey riding Mexican.
As activists weary from war, campus killings, a tyrant in the White House and poverty at home started dropping out, Movement for a New Society built a model of sustainability.
As Congress considers requiring women to register for the draft, it’s time we remember the movements that fought to abolish conscription and learn from their victories.
The push toward corporate profits over people’s needs is already happening, but it doesn’t have to go that way if movements start planning big.