On Saturday July 31st, 2010 in Omaha, NE, several bands including Bright Eyes, Cursive, Desaparecidos (their first live performance since 2002), and Lullaby For The Working Class will gather together to fight for equality by playing a benefit show for the ACLU Nebraska. There will be two shows, an outdoor day time show commencing at 5pm at Downtown Benson, as well as a late night show at the Waiting Room in Omaha, NE. Tickets to the daytime show are $20. Additionally there are a limited number of Deluxe Packages available for $50 which allows access to both shows.
All proceeds from the concerts go to the ACLU Nebraska who are currently preparing a law suit against the town of Fremont, Nebraska, the latest in a series of U.S. towns that have decided to take immigration law into their own hands. ACLU Nebraska will file a lawsuit challenging the law which attempts to ban undocumented immigrants from renting, residing or being employed in the Nebraska town.
ACLU Nebraska Executive Director Laurel Marsh says, “If this law goes into effect, it will cause discrimination and racial profiling against Latinos and others who appear to be foreign born, including U.S. citizens. The ACLU Nebraska has no option but to turn to the courts to stop this un-American and unconstitutional ordinance before the law goes into effect. Not only do local ordinances such as this violate federal law, they are also completely out of step with American values of fairness and equality. We will be working with concerned citizens in Fremont who want to stop Arizona-like laws from getting on the books in their city.”
This is definitely something to pay attention to and attend if you’re able. Comment against this concert all already surfacing and include the following rather sadly grotesque statement:
The local news station also reported that some supporters of the tough immigration ordinance plan to attend the concert in protest. One of them, Susan Smith of the Nebraskans Advisory Group, told the station, “The comments that he makes are so anti-American and anti-white, he is actually the racist.”
This anti-American sentiment is quite often heard from anti-immigrants as a means to make those who care about other human beings seem like the evil ones. Truly calling someone anti-American means nothing at all. Actually, it’s quite ridiculous given this country was supposedly founded on immigration and when you fight for immigration you’re called anti-American. Obviously, as hinted in the statement above, this is about being pro-Anglo, not pro or anti American.
In this article the statement from Susan Smith of the Nebraskans Advisory Group continues:
“In Fremont, we’re trying to get the local government to get on the rule-of-law side,” she said. “This is more standing up for America.”
Being pro-anger and anti human rights is not standing up for America. It’ll actually be quite sadly comic to see people protesting a concert for equality. The protest against equality is simply a modern day out in the light version of the KKK and other both heavy and marginal racist groups. Obviously the news is edited so I don’t know what prompted Susan Smith to say Oberst was “anti-white” but the mention of color in her statement at all provides a glimpse into her and others mindsets.