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And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Thursday, November 30, 2023


Xenophobia Alive And Well In Oklahoma



Rep. Randy Terrill is on his soap box again, so keep in mind that having a legal copy of your birth certificate is not enough for millions of people. Probable cause has been very loosely interpreted in the past.

The president has his birth certificate and they still don’t believe it, especially in Arizona. Too bad, we can’t require Randy to carry proof he pays his taxes. Randy will also attack children, not only for their choice of parents, but also for their choice of Christmas decor.

If you do not look like a member of the Hitler Youth or the Swedish delegation go today and get a copy of your birth certificate. I have to send to Texas for mine and it is harder than it used to be because of identity fraud. If you don’t have a copy and are picked up make sure your mother has hers when she brings yours to the station.

Born in the USA is just a song and means zilch.

There are people, even on this list, who believe there have never been abuses or racial profiling by the police and will not be done in the future. There has never been an African American or Hispanic male stopped for being black or brown in a car priced above his station. I worked, overnight, with a black guy at Pratts who was stopped a couple of times a month because of his car.

If you are stopped and hassled for “Breathing While Brown” I know the guy in Tulsa to contact to help you because he thinks it is absolutely, without doubt, impossible that a police officer could over-reach on this issue.

I saw my friend from the Oklahoma ACLU this morning and he said that you have heard of “driving while black and flying while Muslim and now there is breathing while brown.” We don’t agree on everything, but we do on this one.

This is not funny. My daughter will be coming here this summer with her boyfriend and his son. Her boyfriend is not Hispanic, but he is dark and has dark hair and eyes [so does she, but she bleaches her hair] and his son is half Korean and looks very Hispanic. We will be camping near the Texas/Mexican border. They will have a layover in Phoenix on the way home.

I have two grandnieces who are half Hispanic and regardless of what anyone says, their mother loved their father. Both of their paternal grandparents could be illegals, but they have been in Texas for decades. None of that will matter because everyone knows that there has never been a marriage between an illegal and a citizen based on anything other than citizenship.

While in college, in Corpus Christi, we had sports events near the border and in South Texas. On every trip we would be stopped, at least once, and everyone would have to get off the bus and anyone who looked Hispanic had to show their student visa or prove they were legal. More than once I was asked to do that and at the time I didn’t even have a driver’s license, much less my birth certificate.

All sides of my family have been in Texas for eight generations and not one of them is Hispanic and I do not have an accent and only three years of Spanish, but I was still asked, especially if I had a tan because my eyes are brown and my hair is almost black.

It is not fun to be stopped on a dark road in the grasslands of South Texas, 50 miles from nowhere, by a guy in a uniform who calls you a wetback.

Maybe there are people who think this is what our founding fathers meant, but I sure as hell don’t.

Now, not only will I have to show my birth certificate, but I will have to show my parent’s birth certificates and neither of them have one. My mom has blue eyes but all her birth certificate says is, “baby girl Kipp.” My dad had brown eyes and what hair he had was almost black, but he was born out in the country in East Texas and I have never seen even a birth record for him.

Is this a great state or what? Is this a great nation or what? I am not sure we need to redo the 14th Amendment – we are very speedily trying to make the USA the last place anyone would want to live in, unless you look Aryan enough.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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Brette Pruitt
September 5, 2022
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