Monday, April 10, 2006

"I Eat Grits, You Eat Tacos"

There have now been demonstrations in numerous cities across the USA, drawing hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the streets. It's always interesting to see what slogans people are using. One of the common ones, according to this article in the New York Times, is: "We are not criminals". In her study of Sao Paulo, Caldeira shows how fear of crime emerges when class hierarchies break down. Here an emergent category of workers--many in the informal sector and wanting to be allowed into the formal economy--are resisting their classification as criminal and the underlying discrimination it implies.

Another form of resistance to symbolic means of dividing the city was evident in Atlanta. A sign read: "I eat grits, you eat tacos." This got me to thinking: what would a Toronto version of this slogan be?


Blogger Arianne Robinson said...

some might say "I drink Tim's filter, You drink Starbucks-grande-soy-caramel-cafe-late"

4/10/2006 6:34 PM  

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