Stealing the Dream: The Most Offensive Duplicitous Co-Opting Of A Message, Ever?

Abby Zimet

With Martin Luther King Day approaching, a California anti-immigrant group has brought out the big, racist, scummy guns in a divide-and-conquer ad asking how Dr. King would feel about all these "illegal aliens" coming in to steal jobs from other minorities. The kicker: The group behind the ad, Californians for Population Stabilization - a fabulously, ominously murky name if ever there was one - has multiple ties to white nationalists deemed hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, perhaps because their lofty stated goal is to maintain “a European-American majority." Another kicker: the claims about immigrants taking minority jobs have been repeatedly debunked as false. To paraphrase the ad, "Was that the dream" to steal King's message for despicable fear-mongering diametrically opposed to what he stood for?


Never Miss a Beat.

Get our best delivered to your inbox.

Our pandemic coverage is free to all. As is all of our reporting.

No paywalls. No advertising. No corporate sponsors. Since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, traffic to the Common Dreams website has gone through the roof— at times overwhelming and crashing our servers. Common Dreams is a news outlet for everyone and that’s why we have never made our readers pay for the news and never will. But if you can, please support our essential reporting today. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article

More in: