By Sacks Roamer
I can see a problem on the horizon for the Democratic Party. With all this tough talk from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz about the loss of American job, and all the Democratic pushback, what happens if Black Americans accidentally hear what they are saying? I admit the chance is pretty slight, because so far FOXNews is the only station really reporting on the story. But what if Black Americans do hear, or even worse, figure it out on their own???
L J Delgado wrote one of the most cogent articles on this problem over a year ago on National Review, where two Blacks did figure it out. Here are some excerpts, and there is more at the link below. I have bolded the comments by the Blacks:
One of the sleeper issues surrounding the debate on amnesty for illegal immigrants – an inconvenient one that no proponent of a widespread amnesty wishes to acknowledge – is the devastating effect so-called immigration reform will have on African Americans.
The black unemployment rate is almost 11 percent, far higher than that of any other group profiled by labor statistics. African Americans are disproportionately employed in lower-skilled jobs – the very same jobs immigrants take. As Steven Camarota asked in a recent column, why double immigration when so many people already aren’t working? Who will be harmed most by amnesty? African-Americans.
The issue resurfaced this week when a YouTube video emerged of two young African-Americans confronting pro-illegal-immigration demonstrators in Murrieta, California. Murrieta is one of the towns in which undocumented minors are being relocated — and supporters are squaring off with protestors.
The young man argues: If somebody brought six children to your house and you ain’t got no job, are you gonna take them in?… What are you gonna do? Are you gonna try to go out there and take care of these children AND the children you got already that you can’t take care of?… What are we going to do for the people who are here who are starving already?… We got our OWN people that are starving and hungry…. Why would we add to the problem?!
He also laments the problems in black neighborhoods where prices “are upped on everything” after large groups of immigrants move in.
The young woman argues: It’s just too much…. We already have our own poor people. Starvation, kids walking with no shoes…. We don’t need other people’s kids to bring more problems…. You’re gonna watch America go spiraling down… We’re already in debt as it is. [Now] we’re gonna need more money to support these kids.
Black attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Peter Kirsanow, serves as one of the lone voices of reason, repeatedly outlining the harm amnesty will cause black Americans. In a 2013 letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, he wrote: “The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants. The answer is no.”
Kirsanow’s statistics demonstrate the way in which immigration impacts the wages and employment opportunities of black males and hurts the black community. But no one seems to listen to Kirsanow. Meanwhile, the harm to African Americans is not limited to reduced wages, greater competition for jobs, and declining household incomes – now even the black history of suffering is being diluted.
Liberal columnist and CNN pundit Sally Kohn penned a column last week arguing that the term ‘illegal immigrant’ is the same as the N-word. Kohn, is usually fair-minded and reasoned in her arguments, lumping black Americans’ unique history and suffering with that of certain Latino immigrants is absurd and offensive. Consider that the N-word was used to describe a person who was whipped daily, while ‘illegal immigrant’ is a word used to describe a person who receives free education (even in-state tuition!), housing, driver’s licenses, legal aid, food, and healthcare. To even claim the two words are similar is an unthinkable affront – and insult – to African-Americans.
Senator Jeff Sessions’s recent National Review column “On Immigration, It’s Time to Defend Americans,” hits the nail on the head. Sessions notes: Harvard professor George Borjas estimated that high immigration rates from 1980 to 2000 resulted in a 7.4 percent wage reduction for lower-skilled American workers…. The Center for Immigration Studies issued a study based on Census data showing that “since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants.”…
The message to black voters is: “Yes, your ancestors endured unimaginable hardships and helped build this country, and we said we’d help you out. But now we have a new trophy wife.” (
— A. J. Delgado is a conservative writer and lawyer. She writes about politics and culture.)
That article sums up most of the problems which could surface during the 2016 election. This is pretty common sense stuff. If you are Black, unskilled, and don’t have a job, do you really need some more competition?
Particularly, when there is no specific “Hispanic” race, and your competition sees itself as white.
That means there are black, white, even Asian Hispanics. The label “Hispanic” — meaning, “with origins or heritage in Spanish-speaking countries” — was intended by the census to be a category of linguistic and ethnic heritage, not an official “race” of its own.
An earlier Pew report indicated that the longer their families had been in America, the more likely Hispanics were to check the “white” box. This suggests that the way Americans say “upward mobility for immigrants” or “mainstream integration” is still too often “becoming white.”
Indeed, sometimes our national discourse on race proceeds as if it were all about groups of color vying to be acknowledged, while white people sit back and watch. The invention of panethnic categories such as “Latino” or “Asian American,” categories that take on a racial life of their own, is in part a reaction to the white-norming of politics and pop culture. But it’s also a time-tested, all-American tradition. For proof, look no further than the invention of the white race itself.
The great waves of immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries — to say nothing of the baroque rules of racial categorization in the slaveholding South — showed that Americans have always been deviously flexible about deciding who gets to be white. At first the Irish weren’t, then they were. Same with the Italians and Jews.
The Democratic Party makes much of the “racism” factor, and here it finds itself bringing in people who will probably identify as white, and probably be seen by most white people as white. Talk about competition! In effect, the Democratic Party is busing in more whites to the country! What is a Black American to do?
The only answer seems to be for Blacks to take one for the Democratic team. Just live with the higher unemployment and poverty, because the Democratic Party needs more voters. I will be writing more on this in the next year as we head towards the 2016 Presidential election.
FootNote: The image above may be of Dona Drake. I am not positive, and could not confirm it. But if it is, that would be most appropriate for this article. Dona Drake was of Black heritage, but had to pass as Mexican to get work.
As with Fredi Washington in 1934’s Imitation of Life and several other Black females who skin tones and facial features enabled them to “pass” for white such as Lena Horne, Dona would have to deny her family heritage to succeed in the entertainment industry because at the time and for many years after, the studios felt the movie going public wouldn’t accept (and unfortunately they were correct) an attractive black actress, no matter how talented, in any role but that of a servant or comedic side-kick. Certainly not as the romantic lead opposite a white actor, even Hollywood knew the rest of the country paid it’s salaries.
Dona Drake, born Eunice Westmoreland, on November 5, 1914 to Joseph and Novella Westmoreland in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville was a major port on the East Coast shipping lanes and due to it’s balmy weather, a vacation destination for Northerners seeking to escape the cold winters.
Life was good for most of Jacksonville’s residents, but not for the Westmorelands, as segregation was strictly enforced and though Dona claimed Latin heritage throughout her personal and professional career, Eunice Westmoreland was negro. Referred to as such in both 1920 and 1930 census records. Both parents were interchangeably referred to as negro and mulatto in the early 1900 censuses.
And, from Wiki:
Entering show business in the 1930s, she used the names Una Velon, Rita Rio and Rita Shaw. She settled on the stage name Dona Drake in the early 1940s. Studio publicity during her heyday incorrectly stated that Drake was of Mexican origin and was born Rita Novella. (Novella was actually her mother’s first name.)
Because of her dark hair and Latin-looking features, Drake generally played Latin or other “ethnic” types. She is perhaps best known for playing the American Indian maid of Bette Davis in Beyond the Forest. She also appeared as an Arab girl opposite Bob Hope in Road to Morocco in 1942. In 1944 she appeared in a B-movie titled Hot Rhythm as one of the leading characters. She plays a big band singer. This movie included Irene Ryan (Granny) as the ditsy secretary. She had a notable “non-ethnic” role as the second female lead in the 1949 comedy The Girl from Jones Beach, playing opposite Eddie Bracken. The year before she gave a memorable comic performance as the fortune hunting sister in So This Is New York.