“Earlier this week, a protester at Occupy Wall Street proposed to his girlfriend. His exact words were, ‘Will you occupy my parents’ basement with me until I get a job?'” – Conan O’Brien
“Herman Cain is out there, he says a lot of provocative things. He said America should build its own Great Wall of China. Cain says it’s a great idea because if there’s one thing you don’t see in China, it’s Mexicans.” – Conan O’Brien
”Today, the Colbert Super PAC officially endorses Hermain Cain for president — unless you’re not into him, in which case, I’m just joking.” – Stephen Colbert
”Herman Cain is ahead with 27%, as opposed to Newt Gingrich, who is 27% head.” – Stephen Colbert
”Almost all of Rick Perry’s support appears to have gone to Herman Cain because, again, and I cannot stress this enough, nobody likes Mitt Romney.” – Jon Stewart
“Yesterday, President Obama’s teleprompter was stolen. Police are on the lookout for a thief that’s eloquent and spreading a message of hope.” – Conan O’Brien
“Michelle Obama said her daughters watch ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ but that President Obama doesn’t approve. Obama said, ‘If I want to see a giant butt who doesn’t do anything, I’ll have lunch with Joe Biden.'” – Conan O’Brien
“It was on this day in 1867 that the United States bought Alaska from the Russians. And about six months from now, we’ll probably be selling it to China.” – Craig Ferguson
Okay, this is “humor.” I get it. But there’s nothing very funny about O’Brien’s statement that “If there one thing they don’t have in China, it’s Mexicans.”
The only “Mexicans” I know, and I know a lot, work really, really hard and they’re good at what they do. They often do work that the average “American” either won’t do or can’t do. I appreciate their skills and I appreciate their work ethic.
We don’t need a wall to keep out “Mexicans.” We need a filter to keep out or throw out “free-loaders” no matter what color they are or what culture they come from. Let’s start with the banks and Wall Street!
Conan wasn’t making fun of Mexicans. This joke was just just making fun of the xenophobia taking over the far Right. This giant fence stuff is just silly and stupid and it deserves ridicule.
That said, everything you wrote about “Mexicans” working here rings true from my experience too. Same applies to the wonderful “boat people” that arrived from Southeast Asia back in the 80’s. Immigrants throughout the decades have brought with them valuable lessons of hard work and improved our communities.