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

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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?

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