Michigan Republicans tried to pass a bill that would add a symbol, one option being A YELLOW STAR to LEGAL immigrants' driver's licenses. Not even a red star. A freaking yellow star, you know LIKE HITLER DID TO JEWS, only this one was a five point star so that’s okay...or something. Kind of perfect considering a new study showing two-thirds of millennials and 4 in 10 Americans don’t even know what Auschwitz is. One-third of Americans think fewer than six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and over half of Americans think Hitler took power by force when he was actually democratically elected.
So, the Michigan Republicans, another democratically elected group, just tried to put yellow stars on immigrants. Was it utter ignorance of history, has a Neo-Nazi troll managed to gain a position of power, or has everyone simply lost their goddamn freaking minds?
Representative Cole, who had approved of the idea to VISUALLY MARK immigrants, is now trying to do damage control after the problematic bill gained attention. Now he’s claiming to be grateful for help correcting the bill and was only trying to comply with the National Real ID act. Nice try, bro. You’re either ignorant or willful. I’m not sure which is worse.
We might be marking legal immigrants with stars right now if Rep Cole had his way. Immigrants rights groups were disturbed by the bill’s implications and fought to correct it. The bill had "sloppy language," said Susan Reed, managing attorney for the Michigan Immigrants Rights Center. In addition to the star, there were issues around legal immigrants’ status updates and meshing that information with the drivers licenses. She said the new bill “takes out the problematic language.” The licensees will continue to have an LT on their cards standing for limited term.
History repeats itself, never forget and this is how it all starts. For crying out loud, people.
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca
EDITOR'S NOTE: It was not the execution of the bill that is disturbing, as it was never adopted into law. It is the implication that some lawmakers are so completely tone deaf when it comes to historical relevance and sensitivity that is the problem we are rightfully, in our opinion, pointing out.