Friday, February 25, 2011
Part of The Problem: or Yankee Go Home
I grew up in the Dirty South, back in the 70's and 80's, so unsurprisingly I was exposed to quite a bit of racism.
One time I was driving around with a friend of mine, and he was scathingly castigating all the black people sitting on the porches of their cheap houses, drinking beer out of 40 oz bottles.
You know all the epithets; I don't need to repeat them here.
Then, we drove to his cheap apartment, where we proceeded to sit on the porch and get drunk on 40 oz bottles of beer, with various strippers and unemployed would-be musicians we knew.
One of the strangest (and seemingly fastest-growing) breed of English teachers are these kind of odd tea-bagger/survivalist/conspiracy theorist/ tax protester types.
Convinced that some kind of vast political conspiracy to enslave the people is about to happen in England and America, these geniuses move to oases of individual freedom. . . like Russia, China, and the Middle East.
I hope just writing that down as a sentence shows how fucking stupid that is.
I'm willing to put up with bitching about this or that President, this or that theory about FEMA internment camps or chemtrails or fluoridated water or whatever. You can't really argue with such people about such things.
But one thing I REALLY hate is the expats in other country who relentless bitch about how their home country has been ruined by immigration.
I'm not going to go into all the arguments "fer and agin" immigration -- leave that to the Huffington Post and whoever.
I'm just going to point out that protesting immigration into your country, BY (or while) MOVING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TO WORK, is the most hypocritical fucking thing you could possibly do.
It's like protesting violent crime by shooting people randomly in the street, or protesting world hunger by going on a hunger strike.
YOU HAVE BECOME THE PROBLEM, not the solution. You have moved to another country, where you are very likely not completely legally employed or paying taxes, and TAKEN A JOB AWAY FROM A LOCAL, in a situation where their unemployment rate is most likely much higher than back in America and England. You have taken an apartment from a local, and possibly a woman, as well, though of course we know HER motivation.
(And if you think there aren't locals who can teach English as well or better than you -- you are again, completely fucking wrong.)
While organized gangs of criminal expat English teachers are as of yet unheard of, I could give you a lengthy list of the crimes I have seen them commit, mostly but not limited to drug use and dealing, vandalism and public drunkenness. Cases of sexual assault are well documented. (Here is but one.)
"Oh yeah but that's not me!" Yeah, well neither is it most of the immigrants you're bitching about, dickweed.
So, please, goofballs -- go do what you always claim the immigrants should do -- go home and work to fix the problems in your own country. Become a police officer, or a social worker, or -- and here's a brilliant idea -- teach English to immigrants back in your home country to help them better assimilate and get decent legal work.
Hell, go check yourself into a FEMA internment camp. It's about as logical as bitching about immigrants while living abroad.