Melissa Harris Perry of MSNBC, of tampon earring fame, has a new concern. Her concern is that knocking on doors of illegal immigrants is essentially the revival of the Fugitive Slave Act, a law from 1850 that allows slave owners to recapture any runaway slaves. This is, of course, not the best moment in United States history, but it is something that happened.
You see, if you are an illegal immigrant, and you answer the door when the government comes calling, you are deported on sight. The result of this is that people in Flint, Michigan, who are suffering from lack of usable water, won’t open the door for fresh water deliveries out of fear that they are being tricked into being deported. She called this a potential “black-brown coalition moment.”
Melissa Harris Perry: I don’t want the Obama administration’s final year to be marred by a fugitive slave law around the question of this deportation that leads in the context of Flint to actual children actually being poisoned because they’re afraid to open the door to clean water.
Apparently, illegal immigrants are comparable to slaves because they were unwillingly brought to America for the purpose of physical labor to make white men rich. That’s how MHP sees it, and her guests are nodding in agreement with her.