Oh, that crazy Donald Trump. He’s at it again with more racist policies. This time, he’s signing an executive order to double the minimum salary for H-1B workers to $130,000, making it impossible for those poor Indians to come over to America and take all the tech jobs.
Facebook is enraged. Every public post on the subject has said that Trump is a moron/racist/sexist/idiot.Well, he might be all of those things, or none of them. But one thing he certainly is not is a Democratic Congresswoman from California named Zoe Lofgren.
See, the problem is that Trump had nothing to do with this bill. It’s not an executive order. It’s a proposed piece of legislation in the House, introduced by the aforementioned Ms. Lofgren, who represents the Silicon Valley district. However, in the court of public opinion, reality doesn’t matter. Just throw up a picture of the bad, bad, Cheeto man and get to slanderin’ on the Facebook!
Trump’s bill? Uh, no.
Well, you can expect him to have nothing to do with this particular story!
Uh, what now?
Nobody read the effing article! Not one of them! They saw something they thought was BAD AND RACIST AND NOT INCLUSIVE and they went full-on white guilt.
Never mind that H-1B contracts are akin to slavery. Never mind that they make it impossible for Americans to get good paying tech jobs. Never mind that there is such a massive backlog of H-1Bs waiting to come to our racist country that this legislation probably won’t make a difference.
That’s not what’s important here. The important thing is that we’ve gone from a nation of readers to a nation of lookers, and we’ve gone from critically thinking and evaluating to rushing to be “first” to comment. And the media is only too happy to support your pre-conceived biases by throwing up a picture of the white devil and letting you go to town.
It’s frankly so upsetting, I don’t even know where to start.