Lewis Diuguid

Protests over immigration look a lot like civil rights battles

It was an charged crowd of protesters gathering in front of the U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on Friday.
It was an charged crowd of protesters gathering in front of the U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on Friday. MCT

The clashes over the weekend on immigration looked a lot like the rancor that occurred at least 50 years ago over civil rights.

The efforts to integrate schools, department stores and lunch counters and register African American voters in the 1950s and 1960s resulted in angry white mobs shouting at black children and black protesters. Violence also was common with African Americans being beaten, attacked with police dogs and fire hoses in addition to being arrested.

Watching the yelling and flag- and sign-waving during the weekend near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California shows how far we haven’t come in this country. Only the skin color of the people targeted has changed.

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