So, for the first time in history, according to a Census Bureau report published by the New York Times, last year over 50% of all babies born in America, were babies born to minorities. So what does this all mean? OK, well let me cue Public Enemy’s classic album, “Fear Of A Black Planet” before I explain. Well, as the marriage of racism and fear would have it, apparently this milestone doesn’t sit well with “certain people” here in the land of milk and honey otherwise known as the United States.
According to a report at Think Progress, at least one right-wing political activist group isn’t in a celebratory; yes, America’s changing demographic has long been a source of motivation for many political-minded activists who just so happen to identify themselves as Conservative.
Enter Phyllis Schlafly and her organization hell bent on saving Caucasians from extinction, known as the Eagle Forum. In the wake of this not-so-conservative-friendly news, Shlafly has managed to stoke the flames of fear, by warning of the dangers of the country they love, being overrun by uneducated, un-American “colored folks” who are slightly more ethnic than New Jersey’s “Tan Mom”.
It is not a good thing. The immigrants do not share American values, so it is a good bet that they will not be voting Republican when they start voting in large numbers.
[…]Instead, the USA is being transformed by immigrants who do not share those values, and who have high rates of illiteracy, illegitimacy, and gang crime, and they will vote Democrat when the Democrats promise them more food stamps.
I don’t know what it’s like to go to bed worried about the extinction of my race, and I doubt I ever will. However, I often wonder what it must be like to live in fear of people of another race — that is, in fear of people of another race for whom are willing to kill me because of the color of my skin. I imagine for racist people like Shlafly, news such as the New York Times has published, can induce an debilitating fit agoraphobia upon an already minority-adverse-thinking conservative mind.
And just in case you may think the Eagle Forum happens to be a far right-wing ragtag bunch. According to Think Progress, they are considerably influential within conservative circles. My guess is that they are yet another one of the shadow orgs behind the curtain responsible for funding the anti-immigration movement. Of course, as you know, many of these conservative groups subscribe to the whole “American values” shtick. Which is pretty stupid in because I find it hard to understand just how a child born in America becomes un-American devoid of American values.
Oh, that’s right; we’re talking about colored babies:
The Eagle Forum doesn’t dwell on the fringes of the conservative movement either. The group still wields considerable influence in conservative circles, and has achieved more than a few legislative victories, like derailing the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and staunchly opposing bills aimed at protecting a women’s right to choose.
The post goes on to accuse immigrants — and, for reasons passing understanding, The New York Times for reporting on this — of seeking to “destroy the American family,” arguing that immigrants do not share American values. Of course, this is hardly the first time The Eagle Foundation has pushed xenophobia.
No word on just exactly how this may have an effect on brown people willing to vote for the Republican presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney. But from what I’ve seen by attending two separate graduation ceremonies this week. There are a lot of children of immigrants graduating with honors and moving on to college. What I found admirable at one particular graduation, was that there were quite a few of those immigrant children who received special recognition for excellence in Chinese; and, the children in question, were all graduating from the fifth grade.
Of course I don’t know what life is like in other parts of thew country, but at least here in Memphis, TN., the American-born children of immigrants are doing quite well. In fact, at one high school graduation, at least two of them did well enough to be salutatorian, and the other the recipient of a full-ride academic scholarship to Columbia University. But, don’t listen to me; clearly, by being a fire-breathing Progressive and the son of immigrants, I’m obviously biased, yes?