The Practical Buddhist Responds
The California Nazis are marching because they agree with the majority of Arizonans. They are angry because illegal Mexicans take jobs from Americans, strain social services they have no right to, and raise violent crime. (One fact ignored is that in the recent decade, illegal immigration doubled and violent crime went down 35%).
I wish the Nazis would disappear. Yes, they are a tiny group of swastika-sporting nutcases with little influence. Unfortunately, they provide an object for easy scorn and rejection. “I’m nothing like them. I don’t hate anybody. I just think everyone should obey our laws, that’s all.”
My problem is that I am far too much like the Nazis. Maybe I’m a Spanish-speaking liberal Buddhist with a Mexican grandfather, but I can be fearful, angry and hateful too. So can you. Being better than a Nazi doesn’t excuse me from the hard work of compassion.