An ultra-conservative family member sent me this (the first entry in the thread) as a forwarded email message. I told him a while ago to stop forwarding me this stuff, because I really do not want to know how the extra-conservative mind works, but sometimes something slips through. I can hardly believe anyone would send out this jaw-droppingly racist screed to all their friends and associates, but apparently my family member saw nothing wrong or inappropriate in its content.
The forwarded item is about the supposed destruction of Detroit due to welfare and immigration. It's several years old, but I imagine it's making the rounds again due to Detroit's recent bankruptcy. I think it's clear that Detroit has big problems, but being from an entirely different area of the country, and not being an economist or sociologist, I won't presume to speculate on what contributed to its issues. This author, however, has no trouble placing blame on several things, including welfare and the conservative delusion that women have babies so they can have new cars:
"A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted."
Mexicans and Muslims:
"As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful
Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting
that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations.
"Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American
Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan...Immigration will keep pouring more, and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into
Detroit, thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If
50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists
spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam
equals walking human bombs."
And "multiculturalism" (far-right Christians tend to be indifferent to First Amendment rights and believe that women should be subservient, but the irony seems to be lost on the author):
"As their (Muslim) numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates
republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates
women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder....Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture,
country, and way of life. I PRAY EVERYONE THAT READS THIS REALIZES THAT IF WE DON'T STAND UP, AND
SCREAM AT WASHINGTON , AND OUR STATE, CITY, AND LOCAL LEADERS THIS IS WHAT
AWAITS THE REST OF AMERICA."
I presume my family member sent this out with the intention of scaring people. It worked-- I'm definitely scared. But probably not in the way he intended.