Sobre el terror sistémico, su historia y resistencias: hacer Norte América bella, como Harriet Tubman / On Trump’s New Call to Terror and Resistance Like Harriet Tubman

Clyde Lanford Smith

Resumen


El presidente Trump tuiteó la amenaza de desatar el terror sistémico sobre las familias en cuyo seno alguna persona no tuviera sus documentos migratorios en orden. La amenaza en sí ha llevado a muchos en los Estados Unidos a la ansiedad y a la angustia. Tal vez como estrategia de campaña, la retórica y sus efectos emularon el tiempo de Dred Scott, es decir, cuando las personas encontradas en complicidad con esclavos que huyeron para evitarles la certera miseria inhumana de una recaptura, eran ellas mismas consideradas infractores de la ley y castigadas (se trata del período posterior a la Sentencia de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos “Dred Scott vs. Sandford,” del 6 de marzo de 1857).

The US President has trumpeted his threat to visit systemic terror Sunday 7/14/19 on the homes of families where one or another person does not have their immigration papers in order. The threat has brought distress, panic even, to many in the USA. Perhaps campaign strategy, the rhetoric and its effect hearken to Dred Scott Days (the period after the U.S. Supreme Court Decision “Dred Scott vs. Sandford,” March 6th, 1857) when persons abetting escaped slaves avoid re-capture were themselves considered law-breakers and punished. As if in flash-back, persons in our time who provide refugees water in Arizona’s desert are targeted with prison. But today’s refugee-hunters count driver’s license photo facial recognition software (notorious for increased mis-identification with People of Color, a new spin on the “crime” of “Driving While Black”) in their civil rights dismantling tool-kit.

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