Stephen Colbert worked briefly in the fields along other migrant farmworkers, and decided to speak about the perils and harsh working conditions immigrants face. He urged politicians to help make change. Colbert spoke for the racially visible that remain invisible to society. His argument? He asked our elected officials to reform labor laws that would allow these undocumented workers a path to citizenship. When challenged, he replied with his insurmountable wit...
"I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian."
But he did get serious, and the message was loud and clear:
"I like talking about people who don't have any power. It seems like the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come here and at the same time, we invite them here and ask them to leave. I don't want to take anyone's hardship away from them, but migrant workers suffer and have no rights."
Colbert is loved and respected because he's not afraid to speak his mind. We ask of our politicians, especially those of color, to remember their people and their suffering, at all times and not just when it's time for re-election. Because for those undocumented immigrants who can't vote there are a lot of us who can. Let's continue being the voice for those who can't speak for themselves. This video is nearly a decade old, but is still golden. Indeed, there are so many politicians doing a great job and we applaud them, while others need to continue fighting for what's ethical. Anyone can serve, but those who truly are public servants, will be remembered and admired, not for who they are, but for what they've done.