April 23, 2006
right idea, wrong motivation
When I saw the headline, "Black Activists Join To March With Minutemen," I thought that maybe the Jesse and Al show was about to appear on the scene. I just couldn't figure out what those two self-aggrandizing blowhards had to gain for themselves by getting involved in the illegal immigration issue.
Then I read the article and learned that some guy named Ted Hayes, a "homeless activist," was the featured black activist in the story. I've never heard of the guy, but I've damned sure heard what he has to say--- MANY times before.
(He)...alleged that most homeless people in Los Angeles are black and illegal immigration compounds the problem since blacks refuse to accept the slave wages that many illegal immigrants accept.--- emphasis mine--ed
If you don't see something terribly wrong with that statement, there's something terribly wrong with YOU. Is he suggesting that homeless people, at least the black ones, sleep on the fucking sidewalk and eat out of trash cans because they have too much pride to take a low-paying job? That's an odd idea of pride, if you ask me.
"While all Americans are suffering from this invasion, we blacks are suffering the most," Hayes said. "We feel like the leaders promoting this issue are being insensitive. This country wasn't built on the backs of immigrants like (Villaraigosa) says. It was built on the back of West African slaves."---emphasis mine again--ed.
Here we go again with that bullshit about this nation being built on the backs of slaves. Slaves may have picked a lot of cotton down South, but it's a real stretch to say that slaves built this nation. Or that white folks built it on the backs of slaves.
People who get all wound up over that silly statement convienently forget that slavery was abolished 143 years ago, when we had 35 states and less than half the land area of the country was settled. Slavery was abolished BEFORE most of the big advances in the Industrial Revolution and BEFORE the transcontinental railroad, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam or the Empire State Building.
Forget all that. Was this nation really "built on the backs" of ANYBODY??? That's grand rhetoric for the I Hate America And I Wanna Make You Feel Guilty crowd, but it's really a bunch of hogwash. Was the Interstate Highway System built "on the backs" of DOT workers?
At least Hayes isn't totally oblivious to reality.
Hayes said that Minutemen Project members have been unfairly portrayed as racist.
Be still my trembling heart!!! Here's a black activist saying that some white people are NOT racists. That's a refreshing outlook, considering today's atmosphere of suffocating political-correctness. This guy must have wandered off the plantation somehow and fell out of lockstep with Cynthia McKinney and her ilk. I thought only Bill Cosby had the nerve to say stuff like that.
I agree that illegal immigration is a big problem--- for ALL Americans. Anybody who tries to make this problem a racial issue is nursing a grievance or pushing a hidden agenda with no thought to the future of this country. This issue is about national soverentry; it ain't about skin color, no matter what some "activist" tells you.
Listen to them, and don't be surprised when English is taught as a second language in public schools.
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