Health Care and Undocumented Immigrants


People say they’re not racist, but that’s not true. A lot of people honestly say that because they do not know what racism is. Racism, broadly defined by Webster’s dictionary is “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”* More specifically, racism as defined by one of my anthropology books is “discrimination against an ethnic group assumed to have a biological basis.”** There are racist people everywhere.

It’s obvious there is a lot of racism in our country because immigration and border control is a touchy subject for many of us U.S. residents. While I support a tighter border, I do not support discrimination against any person in this country–that includes health care. There are just some things which should remain absolute rights, such as education and health. No one, for any reason, should be denied these things. I hear from the same people who want to go to Africa to provide clean water and vaccines say they do not want immigrants living here illegally receiving any sort of health care…even if they buy it. As a human race, we are all responsible or taking care of each other and the world. If our wealthy nation cannot permit undocumented immigrants to purchase their own health insurance so that they can live, then what does that say about our “Christian” nation? What does it say about our morals and beliefs? Where is the love?

I can imagine that many people who read this still do not understand how this ties into racism. Should I provide another helpful dictionary definition? Prejudice: “Devaluing (looking down on) a group because of its assumed behavior, values, capabilities, or attributes.”**  “To injure or damage by some judgment or action.”* Prejudice, as we see with those who oppose the new health care plan because it aids illegal immigrants, is the action of racism. I am sure that still doesn’t click for some people who are reading this. If that is the case, my advice is to think about it more. Really try to understand what this means and understand your actions and how they tie into your beliefs—which are likely to be subliminal. Think first before you act. Readjust if you need to.

For more info on the health care plan go to:
 http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/health_care/
You can read the PDF version of the entire bill here:

* Merriam-Webster (1991).Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster Inc., Publishers.
** Kottak, Conrad Phillip (2007). Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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  1. Everyone has some kind of bias and prejudice, but you make a good point about how "righteous" people will go to Africa and make such a big deal about what good and humane things they've done there, while at the same time, refusing to help someone who needs it and is willing to pay. Look, I'm not advocating for illegal immigrants, but people, what do we do when they've been there for years and have been established. When you pay them minimal wages to mow your lawns and clean your pool? There is an underlying avoidance of your hatred toward other people because you're trying to appear so kind and loving.

  2. excellent post, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite experts of this sector don’t realize this.
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    have a huge readers’ base already!

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