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What is racism?

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Jun 7, 2006 at 07:01

As I told commenter Sidda in a different post, if we Europeans have the slightest doubt about immigration we are called 'racists'. The same thing happens throughout the West. But what about the pro-immigration lobby? Are they racists? The most common argument used by Europeans in favour of open-borders is that immigrants will do jobs we no longer want to do. I find that to be racist. Indeed, that is more racist tham anything that was ever said by European Jean-Marie Le Pen. Immigrants bring cheap labour, and the big business needs just that. Open-borders will ensure the constant availability of low-paid workers, with no rights and legal protection. African women can be sacked from thei jobs if they become pregnant. Arab men provide cheap labour for French and Italian factories, as well as Spanish farms. Is this moral? No, it is not. I think that this argument is racist. Open-borders mean more slaves who will do jobs white Europeans no longer want to do. Employers will be able to exploit foreign workers, by denying them health benefits and pension payments. This is racism.

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