"Xenophobia will continue to increase. Muslims and Mexicans will continue to be the easy targets."
Random Roving - January 1, 2010
Two stories caught my ear last week both relating to the continued increase in xenophobic behavior. As the contraction phase continues, the masses, due to fear, will tend to aggregate together based on "likeness". Remember, the "herd" always gets closer when the predator approaches. Anger will be directed at those that are "different". Different could come in many forms: race, religion, politics, and many other aspects on various scales.
Arizona passed a law to arrest illegal immigrants. Belgium is attempting to pass a law to make female burkas illegal to wear. My interest in these topics is not necessarily whether they are right or wrong, but more on the timing and alignment of mass social mood. When the illegal immigrants were building our homes and office buildings during the "credit orgy", we didn't seem to care. When Belgium's economy was expanding, burkas were not an issue. We focus on different issues during expansions and contractions. The "happy and greedy" era is over and "fear and anger" have moved to the forefront.
"The measure - set to take effect in late July or early August - would make it a crime under state law to be in the U.S. illegally. It directs state and local police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal."
Source CBS News
"Following in France’s attempted footsteps, Belgium is on its way to becoming the first country in Europe to ban the burka. A parliamentary committee agreed yesterday to outlaw the wearing of face-covering veils in public. The full Parliament will vote later this month. Under the proposals, women could face a week in prison or a fine for wearing a veil in public."