“Terrible things are happening outside… poor helpless people are being dragged out of their homes. Families are torn apart; men, women and children are separated. Children come home from school to find that their parents have disappeared.” – Anne Frank (Jan 13, 1943)
We have a state farmers market in Greenville, a great place to head on a Saturday morning to buy fresh vegetables, fruits and plants for your garden. But on the same property, literally 200 yards away, is our notorious chicken processing plant, the House of Raeford-Columbia Farms Greenville Plant. Every day, “chicken trucks” barrel down Hwy. 291, 50 to 100 per day, packed with terrified and demented yellow birds raised in wire shoe boxes and filled with growth hormones to be killed and dissembled into chicken nuggets. For the chickens it would be a horrible way to spend your short time on earth and for the workers of the chicken processing plant, a horrible way to earn a living to pay your rent and feed your family.
On the House of Raeford website, a smiling, white man stands in front of a green pasture with the caption; “As a family-owned and operated private company, we have the freedom to make our own decisions about what’s right for our employees, customers, suppliers, and communities. We feel a keen sense of responsibility to do what’s right—and we take it very seriously.”
But back to the farmers market, there are days, when the wind and the temperature are right, that the smell in the market is intolerable and the odor penetrates everything. I have bought cantaloupe at the market and taken them home. Rather than filling my home with a sweet aroma I got, you guessed it, chicken shit. Given this experience 200 yards away I can only imagine what it actually smells like inside the plant.
If you were looking for a job and you had made a list of 20 potential companies to submit an application too the chicken processing plant would be number 200 on your list. But if you are a convicted felon, or an immigrant whose papers might not exactly be in order, a job at the plant is in your top 5, honestly, probably your top 2 or 3.
When you read the reviews of working at the House of Raeford-Columbia Farms Greenville Plant former employees note the working conditions, as cold, smelly, and stressful. And in how they are treated by management, they use words like disrespectful, rude, condescending and unprofessional. If you think about it, how the workers are treated really isn’t that surprising. This is the last place in the world ANYONE would want to work.
It is common knowledge that plants like this prefer undocumented workers because they are less likely to question working conditions for fear of losing their jobs or being deported. Remember the statement above, “we have the freedom to make our own decisions about what’s right for our employees….” Certainly true within some legal OSHA and U. S. Department of Labor parameters but hey they are just government regulations, Frump is working to “streamline” that kind of shit for you rich white guys.
So this week while Drump was staging, yes staging, his “compassion and empathy tour of Dayton and El Paso”, attempting and failing to look “Presidential” his resident Neo-Nazi and White Nationalist senior advisor Stephen Miller was organizing ICE raids in five Mississippi meat packing plants. More than 600 ICE agents detained and forcibly removed 680 mothers and fathers from their jobs and their families as Deplorable nation chanted in unison, “SEND THEM BACK, SEND THEM BACK”.
But what about the five companies raided? All poultry processing plants. Do they shoulder any blame for allowing undocumented workers in their plants? Deplorables aren’t going sniff that trail because remember we are talking about smiling, white man standing in front of green pastures talking about freedom, family, rights, and cheap chicken nuggets at Walmart and Burger King. No, these rich white men will get hit with a slap on the wrist and a fine that won’t leave a dent in their billions of which they will send the Trump campaign its cut for wink, wink, taking care of this, “We didn’t know there were illegal Mexicans working here. Hell, you know, they all look the same to us.”
So while the rich white men at Koch Foods and Peco Foods live their white, affluent lives the children of 680 mothers and fathers had to live through the terror of losing their parents. 300 of the 680 adults have since been released for various reasons (namely, ICE didn’t know what the hell they were going to do with 680 human beings) and, according to Homeland Security, “returned to the place where they were originally encountered” meaning, dumped right back at the chicken plants they grabbed them from.
People, this is Nazi Germany, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Goebbels kind of shit except the names have been changed to the Republican Party, Donald Trump and Stephen Miller. At this point the only difference I can see is that we aren’t gassing the inhabitants of our concentration camps, and they are concentration camps.
The saddest and scariest part of all of this is that Trump and Miller are eating it up. They love this shit. They love the image of 680 “Mexicans” being led out of plants with their hands tied behind their backs. Hell that’s Trumps next Facebook campaign video. They love images of brown children crying, begging for their parents return. It is the ultimate, sadistic power trip for both of them and it makes their little dicks hard.
And sadly, those millions of fat, white, racist, rednecks that Hillary Clinton so appropriately labeled Deplorables, they love it too. For these cretins, these monsters who think they are tight with God and that their heaven ticket has already been punched, good luck with your face to face with Jesus. There is a chicken processing plant in hell with a spot on the line with your name on it. That’s where you are headed because chicken nuggets are popular in heaven too.