Charles Gilbert has told a fascinating and gripping story about how he changed his attitude toward those who come to this country illegally.
He joined a Texas “militia” organization and deployed to the state’s southern border. He intended to join others who were angry about the illegal immigrant flow.
Then he discovered something. He says in a lengthy article attached to this blog that he found “humanity.”
Yes, the Texas Observer is a left-leaning publication based in Austin. One isn’t likely to find such a story in, say, the Amarillo Globe-News or other right-leaning publications.
Gilbert’s story is a lengthy one as published in the Observer.
The most interesting thing he said, however, is the one about discovering that the illegal immigrants coming into Texas merely were human beings seeking a better life.
He describes himself as a typical “angry white male.” He was ticked off when he went to the border. Gilbert told the Observer: “‘I decided I wanted to go down to the border and kick some ass,’” Gilbert says. ‘I’m your typical angry white male. I’m conservative. I’m pissed off at the double-standard in the media. I’m that guy.’”
Then he got up close and personal with the folks he sought to stop.
Not only did he discover the humanity in the form of the people who came to Texas from Mexico and beyond, he also found some humanity within himself.