Skip to comments.African-Americans drowning in wave of illegal immigration
Posted on 02/02/2003 8:55:55 AM PST by Dog Gone
THE black community has made great strides in the last few decades. Racism has certainly not been eradicated, but it is no longer accepted with a wink and a nod as it once was. We are proud to see Secretary of State Colin Powell, even when we do not agree with everything he does. The same with Condoleezza Rice, the president's national security adviser, and many others.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that in some regions we black folks are so overwhelmed by the huge numbers of immigrants that we are being displaced in our schools, jobs and neighborhoods.
That may seem a harsh thing for a black person to say against brown people, but I don't see it that way. I am an American, proud of both my nation and my race. What I see in my community of South Central Los Angeles -- where I have lived nearly all my life -- is thousands of Mexicans who care nothing about our traditions and culture, and only want to impose their way on us. That's not immigration, that is invasion.
It is sad what has happened in my neighborhood. This was a respectable, blue-collar area of hard-working black folks living in their bungalows and going to their jobs. In just a couple decades it has become almost entirely Mexican. They live several families to a three-bedroom house and keep chickens in the yard, but the city doesn't care about the zoning violations or the noise of having so many crowded into a small space.
According to the Census Bureau, nearby Watts is now 60 percent Hispanic, and it was previously the black community on the West Coast. No longer.
The immigration situation is really hard on our young people. A 17-year-old kid on my street couldn't get a job at McDonald's because he didn't speak Spanish. Another young neighbor boy was thrown into a bilingual classroom at age 8 and was forced to listen to Spanish all day long. His six-hour school day was turned into three hours. When his mother asked for an English-only class, she was told "there are none."
Would you believe that I, a black man, have been called a racist many times for speaking up against this invasion? I have a radio program on the subject and therefore hear from a lot of people, even some in Mexico.
When they call me a racist, I put this question to them: What if a hundred thousand Vietnamese were suddenly dropped into Guadalajara? And what if those newcomers didn't speak Spanish, and further insisted that their children be taught in Vietnamese? What would you think if they were happy to work for half the normal wages for any job they could get, thereby putting thousands of your local Guadalajarans out of work? Would it be racist to say there was a problem?
When people of good will and good sense hear the situation put that way, nearly all understand and respect my viewpoint.
Now if only they would listen in Washington. America's political leaders are the problem. They have been selling out this great nation for real and imaginary political benefits while ignoring the dangers. Even after Sept. 11, nothing has been done to plug up our borders. Another terrorist attack could be 10 times worse, and it would likely happen because Congress and the president learned nothing about the need to keep the nation's borders secure.
If I sound angry, you hear right. Like other Americans, I want immigration to be legal, controlled and reduced. But as a black American, I see that the burden my people must carry is heavier than for many others. I am sure that if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were alive, he would understand the fundamental unfairness to the black community of allowing more immigration than the nation can handle.
I wonder what the excuse will be after we allow a nuclear device to be smuggled into the United States and exploded in some large metropolitan center. It sure won't be that we closed our borders and checked all merchandise coming into our nation on ships and trucks. It sure won't be that we stopped all immigration from nations that support terrorism. It sure won't be that we stopped everyone known to be on the list of likely terrorists.
What will the excuses be, if not these? These are the best ways to reduce terrorism. We haven't done a single one of these things.
What goes around, comes around, eh?
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We=Whites and Black Conservatives. The rest despise Powell and Rice.
Well nice too see a black person take the liberal wool away from their eyes and see the reality of dis-assimilation in modern America--which is certainly not limited to Mexicans (look at the Somali leaches in Maine). In my opinion the black vote is up for grabs and black disaffection will keep Democrats out of the White House for a generation.
Deal with your extinction. How nice. Is that what you would have told the Jews living under Hitler?
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Nope. The Dems -- owned part and parcel by the blacks-as-permanent-victims establishment -- will demand changes. Some irony: the Libs demanding restrained immigration. Enough to make a donkey explode.
No, it's not the same. When other waves of immigrants came in, true, they often displaced the previous group of poor immigrants, who then moved up in neighborhoods and worked even harder, but all of the groups were coming in at a rate and with an interest that allowed them to assimilate far more than the Hispanics do in southern California.
Maybe if you don't live here, you have no idea of the extent of the problem. It is not only a problem for the black community, though the poorer parts of the city are affected most.
There is this horrible myth that the illegals are here to do the work that no one else will do. Nothing could be more of a lie. In any homogeneous country where there is minimal immigration, that country's citizens enjoy having entry level and menial jobs for their teens and elderly to do. I lived in Switzerland for nine years and saw how proud the elderly Swiss were, sweeping the streets or waiting on tables, taking their work seriously and doing a good job of it. All sorts of entry-level jobs were done by students interning while in high school or tech school.
There will always be Americans and legal immigrants willing to watch babies, clean windows, or flip burgers. We do not NEED illegals for anything.
I thought so too, at first, but he makes a compelling case. Blacks speak English, and have a history of serving this country (in war, for example). Hypothetically, would non-English speaking citizens be excluded from the draft if there were a dire national emergency?
Language is the greatest obstacle to assimilation, and apparently not one that some care to overcome.
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