Will it keep them out. The last time I checked people can be climbing, tunneling to get in. I lived in Florida. They came by boat. They came by airplanes. I 95 was the opioid highway for drugs. Polk county had lots of meth labs. White people running amok.
The bigger issue is why are we so afraid of people from other places. Unless we are native American, our family did not come from here. We are all from somewhere else. Every generation had their immigrants that no one liked. My great great Grandfather James Doyle came here from Kerry Ireland. He did not have the money for passage. He was in his early 20’s. It is rumored that he and another male relative hid on the ship to get here during the potato famine. He was found and worked his way for passage. He went through Ellis Island. He tried to get work in New York and the signs in the windows said no dogs, no niggers, no Irish. He ended up in Virginia. He married a local girl and had 8 children. His obituary said that he had an Irish brogue until the day he died.
The Titanic was another example of how certain people were not getting first crack at getting on the boats, because some people think they are more deserving than other people based on superficial criteria: race, gender, wealth, religion, ethnicity.
Now it is Hispanics and Arabs that we are terrified of. We have white people calling the cops on black people doing ordinary things. Why are we so afraid? The rash of mass shootings have been by white males of a certain age with big guns. What are we doing to address this? Nothing. Why? Because we don’t think it is a systemic problem if they look like us. We don’t want to think that people that look like us can do such heinous things.
We build a wall and think we are safe. Were we safe on 911? Were we safe at Pearl Harbor? Walls and guns don’t make us safe. They give us a false sense of security. Understanding your fellow man, learning about other cultures, helping your neighbor, trusting in God makes you safe. We build the wall and brown people still come here. Then what? What will make us feel safe?
I don’t want to be on the phone and some black person thinks I am calling the police on them. I don’ t want children of other races to not look me in the eye because they don’t want to upset me. I don’t want people to think I am racist, because I am a white female over the age of 50. How do we bridge the gap of understanding between cultures?
How do we feel safe with each other?