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Far-Right African Americans Chosen to Testify to Congress on Immigration

By Heidi Beirich on February 28, 2011 - 5:49 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Tomorrow, the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement will hold a hearing at the Rayburn House Building entitled, “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities.” On the witness list are two figures whose views of immigrants are less than charitable: Carol Swain, an African-American professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, and Frank Morris, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and a board member of the anti-immigrant hate group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Swain has some very odd views for someone selected to lecture Congress on immigration and minorities. In her 2002 book, The New White Nationalism in America, Swain argued, in essence, that America doesn’t need to reject white nationalists — people who want the U.S. to be run by and for whites. Rather, it needs to start talking to them, and taking their ideas seriously, particularly when it comes to immigration and racial preferences. In the book, Swain says that white people have been muzzled by political correctness, while African Americans are allowed “to verbally assault and slander whites with racial epithets and false charges without suffering any serious loss of respect or any financial or social damage in the public arena.”

In 2009, Swain endorsed a slick 58-minute documentary, “A Conversation About Race,” devoted to proving the thesis that racism is a bogus concept invented to oppress whites. In a blurb that was posted on the documentary’s website, Swain called the film “outstanding” and “meticulously done.” “[I]t offers people of all races a rare opportunity to engage in cross-racial dialogue,” she wrote. “I highly recommend this film for social science courses dealing with race, class, and ethnicity.” When it turned out that Swain’s much-lauded filmmaker had long posted regular comments on YouTube and a number of other websites, repeatedly describing blacks as “monkeys” and black men in particular as “EVIL monkeys [who] are DESTROYING” America, and even suggesting that a black former White House adviser be lynched, “[p]ossibly with the aid of a noose,” Swain continued to heartily recommend the film, with its “poignant” scenes, to “multicultural forums across the country.”

Lately, Swain’s big bugaboo has been immigration. In 2007, Swain published Debating Immigration, which included an essay by prominent white nationalist Peter Brimelow, who runs that anti-immigrant hate site, VDARE.com, named for the first English baby born in America. Swain later served as a paid commentator on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” before he was pushed off the air by CNN for repeatedly demonizing immigrants.

It comes as no surprise that Swain’s written testimony is harsh on immigrants. She accuses “millions of foreign-born persons” of having “openly stolen jobs, goods, and opportunities from law-abiding American citizens.” Dismissing the idea that some of the undocumented might be “good people,” Swain says, “What matters is their choice to enter the country unlawfully and thumb their noses at the laws and regulations that Congress has enacted to protect the people.” Undocumented immigrants, according to Swain, “damage our national sovereignty and standing in the world.”

Frank Morris, perhaps the most prominent African-American anti-immigrant activist of the last decade, will also be testifying at the hearing. Morris has held many positions in groups set up by John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. For Tanton, American culture requires “a European-American majority, and a clear one at that,” something that Tanton believes today’s Latin American immigrants are making impossible. Morris is currently on the board of directors of FAIR, where he serves alongside Tanton, who founded the group in 1979. Morris is also a board member at the Center for Immigration Studies, which was conjured up by Tanton in the 1980s and started out life as a project of FAIR.

In his written testimony, Morris is completely dismissive of those who have concerns about the increasing level of vitriol and racism — like that exhibited in Tanton’s comments about a majority-white America — in the debate over America’s immigration policies. “It is relevant to note here that charges of racism during immigration debates are always leveled toward those in favor of reduced immigration regardless of their reasons,” Morris writes. Morris is particularly incensed and calls an “error” that “privileged immigrants, including illegal alien immigrants,” whatever that means, are allowed to compare their struggles to the “Black civil rights movement.”

More recently, Morris signed on as a board member with Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a group devoted to blaming immigrants for environmental problems. In the last few years, key nativist groups have increasingly been taking up this strategy, which is often labeled “greenwashing.” They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to run full-page advertisements appealing to liberals in an array of publications. They’ve built a series of websites aimed at “progressive” environmentalists — and many of those sites are run by people who are also principals of right-wing nativist groups.

PFIR, a central actor in this greenwashing campaign, was launched in 2009 with the help of key candidates, including Morris, who tried but failed to take over the Sierra Club board in its 2004 elections. Morris and his compatriots targeted the club in an attempt to turn the organization away from its historic mission of protecting the environment and reorient it towards agitating against immigration. The candidates were all soundly defeated.

  • Aron

    Gentlemen and ladies,

    I think we can safely state what Georgii Gause truly is: a troll.

    He has spouted nothing but neo-Anarchist silliness, and while I do not deny the validity of that viewpoint, he refuses to debate on the terms presented to him.

    I feel he is simply trying to ‘get our goats,’ and if the number of replies are a good indicator, he seems to have won. If he cannot produce a cogent argument (to say nothing of meeting his debate opponents on similar terms…), I propose that we simply ignore him.

    If he can come to us in civil form, I would be more than happy to continue this debate. Until then, remember, don’t feed the trolls :)

    Aron

  • Jordan

    Mitch,
    I just want to know why he thinks he can determine people’s “race” through text. Most people can’t guess my background by looking at me.

  • Mitch Beales

    Perhaps Georgii Gause is unaware that the Competetive Exclusion Principle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C....._principle proposed by his namesake appears to have been disproven. Or maybe he is trying to establish a single example where it is true by fighting against immigrants moving into his “ecological niche.” In any case promoting struggle between the poor and the poorer is a promising strategy for keeping the “exploitative capitalist[s]” in power.

  • Jordan

    You’re no better than the Neo-Nazis, just as racist, just as wrong, and just as hate-filled. Just like them you can’t figure out that race is fiction, your so caught up in the color of people’s skin that you forget that individuals commit crimes, not “races” or “ethnicities”. You cannot blame a group people for crimes because they share the skin color of the ones who committed them any more than every Arab is to blame for 9/11 or every Japanese is to blame for Pearl Harbor or every African is to blame for the Darfur genocide, and no group as a whole has committed more crimes than any other.
    “You and the other privileged whites, with your little “liberal/conservative” shell games are, thankfully, the past.” Race is the past, and racists like you with it. To the raceless generations of the future humanity, racists like you will seem so pointless, and so backwards.

  • Jordan

    Georgii Gause,
    Lol, I guess your magical “race sense” must be broken after all, you probably couldn’t guess my “race” if we waited until the 22nd century. As for my use of the word “white”, you obviously don’t know how quotes work, I was quoting your usage of the words white and black. Race is fictional, it was created by society, it has no scientific bases, it only remains alive today because of racists like you and Carol Swain. Ohh…and how exactly does the color of her skin make it O.K. for her to support a white supremecist?

  • Georgii Gause

    Don’t know why my earlier final response comment didn’t make it, but oh well. It said, in essence, that this is pointless, and going nowhere. But in summary, what I like about you whites is lines like this:

    “I’m sorry but isn’t the whole point of the US to have people living together in relative peace?”

    You come here. You steal land through force of arms and lies. You bring whole families from Africa to slave for you, first like chattel, now in other, smarter ways. Then you claim, after taking this land from the inhabitants, after bringing your slaves here, and now eager to bring in still more to the debt-state, that “the whole point of the US is to have people living together in relative peace.” Tell me, interloper, who gave you, personally, the right to define what is to be done with the land stolen from my people? Relative peace? Sure, as long as we do what whitey says.

    Then you write this sentence: “Besides, these ethnicities are not exactly alien to the Southwestern US.” Some are. Some aren’t. But your ethnicity definitely is. So take all your ideologies, take all your Kiplingesque Great White Father bullshit back to Europe and slaughter each other again, but leave the people of color alone.

    You and the other privileged whites, with your little “liberal/conservative” shell games are, thankfully, the past.

  • Jordan

    “And yet, those are the terms you use in your opening lines.” Because I was quoting your use of them. Do you not know how quotes work? And you still haven’t explained how upholding the “supremecy” of “whites” helps the “black” community (again, note the quotes, this isn’t my choice of words, these categories are fictional and have no scientific bases). “Again, yet another white supremacist, masquerading as something else. African-Americans, to your type, must have only your view, or else they become, as always, something untouchable. Swain, as a woman of color, has far more of a right to discuss this issue than you. Whites have to always be involved in everyone’s business. Why?” Soo, because I disagree with someone who upholds the views of a white supremecist I’m a white supremecist? By that logic, any one who doesn’t support the Neo-Nazis must be a Neo-Nazi. And your magical “race sense” must be broken, because you still didn’t guess my “race” correctly (I’ll give you a hint, I’m not white, but I’m also not black). I have feeling if you try to guess my “race” we’ll be here for quite some time.

  • Georgii Gause

    Won’t even continue this – it’s boring, and a waste of time. You, like many in your race, are a paternalist in the Kipling sense. The day will come when people of color no longer need listen to either presumed “side”. You are white, and have nothing to say to us.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Right. Which is what I see you and the other whites doing here, though under a different identifier than “conservative”. Or am I to believe that Swain is not, in her own way, standing up for her people against the status quo?”

    Sorry, but you don’t get to re-write the definitions of words. She is labeled a conservative because she supports conservatism, which has historically been opposed to an increase in rights or status for blacks. That’s what the term “CONSERVative” means. To conserve the status quo.

    “The ultimate form of white supremacy, of which people like you are perfect examples, is the attempt to negate the views of people of color who don’t agree with your world view.”

    No, the ultimate “form” of white supremacy(I guess that appears after you kill its lesser forms) is to maintain a state of privilege for “white” people(the definition changes over time).

    Any individual is free to espouse those beliefs as they see fit, but this does not mean her opinions are automatically those of her people just because she happens to be black.

    ” The peoples of Mexico and Central and South America are being brought here not out of any largesse on the part of those in power, but simply to replace one debt-ridden serf class with another.”

    They are being BROUGHT to the US? Who is bringing them?

    ” You support this.”

    No, I don’t support this. But I also don’t support pretending like immigrant workers are responsible for conditions that capitalist businessmen clearly caused.

    “As for your bizarre claims of high wages and salaries, that’s contrary to any reality here on the ground.”

    Dunning-Kruger effect in action here.

    “Honestly, do you truly think that the wholesale introduction of other ethno-cultural groups into African-American communities is a boon for them?”

    I’m sorry but isn’t the whole point of the US to have people living together in relative peace? Besides, these ethnicities are not exactly alien to the Southwestern US.

    “The amount of pain and suffering you and your ideological kin have brought about through your capitalist support of the global shuffling around of indigenous peoples is enormous.”

    Oh please, don’t even try to pretend to be some kind of left-wing anti-capitalist here. Yes, capitalist-induced migration is a huge problem. But blaming the migrants doesn’t solve anything.

    “That you would somehow prefer to see the uprooted people of Oaxaca or Sinaloa brought into a consumer society to slave at McDonalds or to work as your nanny rather than concentrating your efforts to have the corrupt governments that rule many Latin-American countries called to account for the exploitation of their citizenry is a typical, first world white position…no matter what you might think of yourself.”

    Wow, the National Anarchist must have read No Logo. Pat yourself on the back.

  • Georgii Gause

    “Yes, considering that she’s standing up for “white” peoples place at the top of said “status quo”.”

    Again, yet another white supremacist, masquerading as something else. African-Americans, to your type, must have only your view, or else they become, as always, something untouchable. Swain, as a woman of color, has far more of a right to discuss this issue than you. Whites have to always be involved in everyone’s business. Why?

    “No, “the ultimate form of white supremacy” are ideas like “white”,”black”, and “people of color”;”

    And yet, those are the terms you use in your opening lines.

    “The people who come to the United States now are not “forced”, they do come of their own volition, they come seeking a better life,”

    Sigh. If their conditions had been able to remain as they had previously in their traditional homelands, they wouldn’t have to go to a decrepit society a thousand miles away where they’re surrounded by people who either hate them or fawn over them like they’re helpless children. Instead, in what have been their lands for thousands of years, your country assists in undermining and exploiting them until they can’t survive, and subsequently must seek sustenance elsewhere. Unfortunately, they have to do it by nannying your type’s spoiled kids and cutting your type’s lawn. Once they worked for themselves, Now they slave for whitey – conservative or liberal, it’s still whitey.

    “How exactly does one force the government of another nation to become less corrupt?”

    I don’t know. Why don’t you ask the thousands who are here right now assisting the citizens of Egypt and Libya in their struggles?

    I like to picture guys like you sitting around with the Native Americans, saying that any of them who opposed the Anglos pouring in was somehow abhorrent or evil or whatever adjectival slur pops into your head. You don’t care about the physical well-being of different peoples, you care about propagating some weird idea to prove your righteousness to a bunch of other whites. If you don’t believe that the transference of populations brings human suffering to many of the populations involved, then I suggest you visit some of the reservations in the Northwest. How do you think the Nez Perce or the Crow feel about your cavalier attitude toward immigration? Or would they not matter either if they didn’t go along with your vision?

    It’s the new sham – whites demanding their cheap labor not under the rubric of supremacy any longer, but under the rubric of challenging said supremacy. Ridiculous.

  • Jordan

    “Or am I to believe that Swain is not, in her own way, standing up for her people against the status quo?”
    Yes, considering that she’s standing up for “white” peoples place at the top of said “status quo”.
    “The ultimate form of white supremacy, of which people like you are perfect examples, is the attempt to negate the views of people of color who don’t agree with your world view.”
    No, “the ultimate form of white supremacy” are ideas like “white”,”black”, and “people of color”; as well as the ideas of people like Craig Bodeker (who promotes the idea that racism ‘never existed’ and was created to ‘oppress whites’ and who Swain endorses)
    “The amount of pain and suffering you and your ideological kin have brought about through your capitalist support of the global shuffling around of indigenous peoples is enormous. That you would somehow prefer to see the uprooted people of Oaxaca or Sinaloa brought into a consumer society to slave at McDonalds or to work as your nanny rather than concentrating your efforts to have the corrupt governments that rule many Latin-American countries called to account for the exploitation of their citizenry is a typical, first world white position…no matter what you might think of yourself.”
    1) The people who come to the United States now are not “forced”, they do come of their own volition, they come seeking a better life, some will not find it, others will we wish to give them the chance that they didn’t have in their homeland.
    2) How exactly does one force the government of another nation to become less corrupt? By forcing more of their own citizens to suffer under their corruption?
    Ohh…and “…you and the other whites…” What? Do you have somekind of magical “race sense”? Stop pretending you can see people through replies on a blog.

  • Georgii Gause

    “Apparently you don’t know what this term “uppity” means. It was used by conservatives to refer to black people who went against the status quo and stood up for their people.”

    Right. Which is what I see you and the other whites doing here, though under a different identifier than “conservative”. Or am I to believe that Swain is not, in her own way, standing up for her people against the status quo?

    The ultimate form of white supremacy, of which people like you are perfect examples, is the attempt to negate the views of people of color who don’t agree with your world view. The peoples of Mexico and Central and South America are being brought here not out of any largesse on the part of those in power, but simply to replace one debt-ridden serf class with another. You support this. As for your bizarre claims of high wages and salaries, that’s contrary to any reality here on the ground.

    Honestly, do you truly think that the wholesale introduction of other ethno-cultural groups into African-American communities is a boon for them?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    The amount of pain and suffering you and your ideological kin have brought about through your capitalist support of the global shuffling around of indigenous peoples is enormous. That you would somehow prefer to see the uprooted people of Oaxaca or Sinaloa brought into a consumer society to slave at McDonalds or to work as your nanny rather than concentrating your efforts to have the corrupt governments that rule many Latin-American countries called to account for the exploitation of their citizenry is a typical, first world white position…no matter what you might think of yourself.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Apparently you don’t know what this term “uppity” means. It was used by conservatives to refer to black people who went against the status quo and stood up for their people. Ergo, a black person who endorses, whether implicitly or explicitly, white supremacism, is not being “uppity” but rather a collaborator with an exploitive, oppressive system.

    All that aside, her claims in congress were simply laughable. Immigrants do not “take jobs”, and in fact immigration laws which do exist actually keep wages and salaries high.

  • Georgii Gause

    It’s always bizarre to see whites of whatever political bent telling black folks what’s good for them. The majority of whites posting here are zeitgeist phenomena, and the fact that they’re describing Swain today as, in essence, “uppity”, leads one to believe that, under the prevailing mores of previous centuries, they’d be doing the same thing if they found her transgressing those eras’ particular taboos.

    How does the exploitative capitalist importation of millions of people indigenous to areas south of the United States in anyway benefit the neglected African-Americans who are currently here? Many Latin American views of American black folk are far less charitable than the people who post on this board. Is it possible that Swain and company have a valid concern?

    To repeat, why do whites feel the need to act supremacist no matter where they supposedly stand ideologically? Why can’t the African-American community discuss among themselves the issues that are collectively important to them as a group without sneers and condemnations from right and left? Is it possible that those on the left want to replace one exploited underclass with another?

  • ruben

    if you are to believe swains and morris’s logic then i guess that black people in south africa have no business living there even though they are indigenous to that continent and the europeans who took it ain’t…..i am a american of mexican decent a mestizo of mixed native american and european blood my ancestors have been in north america for thousands of years,for morris to stand in front of a bunch of die hard white right wing haters and say that we are invaders in our own indigenous homeland is as absurd as me doing the same and saying that black people don’t belong in africa and should be removed.wake up! and do a little research first before you open the haterade.

  • ModerateMike

    Assuming that the hearing mentioned above has already taken place, I hope that the subcommittee looked beyond both Ms. Swain’s race and her personal motivations, and focused instead upon her arguments. I hope the questions for her were something like this: “Please elaborate on what you mean by ‘openly stolen jobs, goods, and opportunities.’ What evidence do you have to support your statements? What kinds of goods are being stolen, and in what manner? What kinds of jobs are being stolen, how many, and how is it being done?”

  • http://n.a. cindy hawkins-legorreta

    I especially love this ‘job stealing’ that the undocumented are supposedly doing. As the wife of a long naturalized U.S. citizen of Mexican birth, we are saddened by the tenacious ignorance that is in back of that premise. The undocumented Mexicans WE know, to a man (and woman) willingly take the humblest kinds of entry level employment they are able to find : delivering newspapers 7 days a week in the pre-dawn, mopping floors, cleaning toilets. They are paid next to nothing, while many study English after work, trying to make a better life and, legitimize their documentation status…Now I have to ask – how many Americans want those jobs? Hey, I’ve got some connections – I’ll be happy to hook up any one of those critics with a gig as a janitor, busboy, or newspaper delivery person. No benefits, no advancement, no health insurance, no future, less than zero..wow sounds like a job worth stealing, eh?

  • Mitch Beales

    JSS if you think that Carol Swain and Frank Morris are more qualified to testify on this topic than academics of other races perhaps you could provide some evidence of that. Otherwise I stand by my statement that it was disingenous (and expoitative) to have them testify. If in fact their expertise is on “the demographic changes affecting American society and the impact that it is having within the communities of the majority of Americans descended from European settlers” then they were clearly out of place at the hearing since the title of the hearing was “Making Immigration Work for American Minorities.”

    Perhaps instead of assuming “that the majority of African Americans are either indifferent or hostile toward illegal immigrants” you should investigate the topic and find out. While it is clear that anti-immigration forces have attempted to persuade African Americans that immigrants are to blame for discrimination against them my experience has been that the African American community is more fair-minded than that and is remarkably tolerant of the abuse they have suffered because they are deeply devoted to the principles of the USA.

  • skinnyminny

    At first, I wasn’t going to comment on this, because, there are people that do things like this to get attention, or whatever else their goals are – for instance, not all black Americans agreed with, or cared for Michael Steele, and Ward Connerly (the guy that says he’s Portugese and not black – but looks black).

    First off, I do not think there are any blacks that “hate being black.” This kinda makes me wonder if the person making this accusation is American or black for that matter. Here’s why, everyone finds that there are some things they’d like to change, whether it is a big nose, small cleavage, poor eyesight…but, this usually doesn’t end in self-hatred, it usually end in low self-esteem…

    I agree with RubenM. people need to stop trying to say that there is a problem with blacks. Say for instance, people come to this country from all over the world, and for some reason, blacks are always looked down on, people are warned against blacks – as if all blacks are criminals and dangerous. And the way I see it, if people from other countries come here and exhibit a dislike or hatred of ALL blacks, they are accepted immediately.

    And please, to say that blacks are always playing the victim card – okay, let’s see, even black athletes/rappers get more time behind bars than anyone. For instance, let’s look at all the chances that Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and a few others get, then look at rapper T.I., Lil Wayne…okay hold up, don’t start saying, ‘oh but they’re cases are different.’ Yes and no, pretty much the blacks, there’s no room for tolerance, and for sure, these guys wouldn’t get the media circus that these girls have received, nor will they get special treatment of keeping them in a private wing as if they shut down an amusement park for the day/or rented an entire hotel floor.

  • JSS

    Mitch Beales. Why should she not submit testimony before a Congressional subcommittee? Frank Morris and Carol Swain are both professors of political science who conduct research and provide instruction to students at esteemed academic institutions. Swain and Morris have both dedicated alot of time and effort into researching the demographic changes affecting American society and the impact that it is having within the communities of the majority of Americans descended from European settlers.

    Some commentators seem to insenuate that merely because these views lay outside of the political orthodoxy stereotypically embraced by the African American community that both of these individuals have somehow lost their preverbial ‘blackness.’

    Furthermore, Mr. Beale, I think you would be suprised about the opinions members of the African American community have on the subject of illegal immigration and our nation’s current immigration regime that provides preferrential treatment to individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States from underdeveloped nations in the non-Western world. Since the vast majority of African Americans hold occupations in either the service industry or manufacturing and therefore combrise a broad segment of of the American working class, their jobs are highly vulnerable to the importation of foreign workers who are willing to contribute a greater or equal amount of labor per week for wages and benefits that are significantly lower than that traditionally demanded from the American working class.

    While some African Americans will have a sense of solidarity with the plight of illegal immigrants (the majority of which originate from hispanic communities) it is illogical to assume that the majority of African Americans embrace this particular view. I would assume that the majority of African Americans are either indifferent or hostile toward illegal immigrants.

    The only crime that Morris and Swain have committed is that they are not conforming to the stereotypical liberal political orientation that society (i.e. the media, academia, the Democratic Party, and various institutions that have historically arisen to organize the African American community during the civil rights era) have mandated that African Americans embrace. Nothing is more offensive to the liber establishment than the thought of African Americans and other minority members gravitating toward conversative political causes, because if this happens it has been alledged that both the liberal establishment and the African American community will loss its political clought and pursue policies that run contrary to the collective interests of the African American community even though one individual actor may not be able to comprehend what the collective interest of that might be.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Has anyone considered whether Carol Swain is entitled to hold personal opinions about why racial issues enter American politics”

    Do I get a prize if this turns out to be the 500th time I’ve had to inform someone that freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism?

  • Mitch Beales

    JSS no one is trying to deny Carol Swain her right to hold personal opinions. Her personal opinions, however, do not belong in testimony before a Congressional subcommittee. The fact is that she and Frank Morris are being called to testify at the committee because they are African American and hold views inimical to most African Americans. This is disingenuous at best.

  • rubenm

    memo to swain….so you think that all these anti immigrant haters are your friends…….i wonder how they would feel behind closed doors if your black son was going out with there white daughters? she is a blind fool not to realize that these people hate any one who is not white and that she is only being used as a tool to justify their racist propaganda.

  • JSS

    Has anyone considered whether Carol Swain is entitled to hold personal opinions about why racial issues enter American politics? After reading several comments, I’m disturbed by the fact that many people seem to believe that merely because Swain does not advance certain political positions stereotypically embraced by the African American community she is either a supporter of racial intolerance, an advocate of white supremacism, or a far-right proponent.

    Contrary to the conventional wisdom of certain commentators, individual political orientation and the acceptance or rejection of the normative behavior that prevails within contemporary society is not automatically determined by one’s gender and status as a racial, ethnic, or religious minority. To believe otherwise reduces humanbeings to the confines of a stereotype. Therefore, Swain, must be recognized as an individual who understandably possesses unique opinions based upon the extensive research on the effects of demographic change on American society she has conducted as well as her own observation and experience. Her opinions should not in any affect bring her loyalty to the collective interests of the African American community in to question.

    I personally believe many people find the thought of an African American conveying ideas that have become increasingly virulent within segments of the white majority to be initimidating and a formitable affront to their concepts of racial hegemony/solidarity. To put it less articulately, Swain seems to offend may commentators, because she is both a African American and a female, and therefore is presumed to possess a specific political orientation as a consequence her membership status within two groups that continue to alledged experience victimization from institutionalized discrimation. These commentators appear to be affraid of the idea that many people who have dismissed the intellectual arguments advanced by white males who have nonetheless been censored as a result of orchestrated campaigns of misdirected social criticism might give creadance to the same ideas conveyed by an African American female. Why can’t people accept the existance of opinion remarkably different from their own instead of trying to impose a narrow political orthodoxy upon the members of society? I for one want her voice to be heard and will be tuning in to hear what she has to say about how immigration affects the United States

  • Ian

    Below is a list of the members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.....nforcement

    Below is a site where you can contact your Representative. Please consider doing so if they live represent your area. The only way FAIR can continue to pass itself off as a mainstream, legitimate source of immigration information is if the public doesn’t tell people otherwise. Letters tend to get noticed more than e-mail, so I’d suggest those.

    https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

  • Paen

    Every time a people are oppressed you will always find a group of boot lickers who will spout the opressor’s party line in the hope of getting a few crumbs.

  • Mitch Beales

    I think it may be too easy to attribute attitudes like those described in this post to self hate. I spoke with an African American gentleman over the weekend who insisted that it is time for people of color and particularly youth to stop thinking of themselves as victims. I had to agree since it has long been known that, regardless of the facts, blaming others for one’s condition is less effective than doing what one can to overcome adverse conditions.

    On the other hand successful African Americans, like many successful people, are often eager to attribute their success entirely to their own efforts, ignoring the good fortune, family support, connections, etc. that contributed to their success. Often such folks believe that, as they are successful due to their own efforts, unsuccessful folks are to blame for their lack of success. It is these attitudes I believe that lead many successful individuals regardless of race to look down on those who are less successful and resist the implementation of programs that may make their lives more bearable.

    It is clearly time to stop blaming and start working for change. Among those we need to stop blaming are those who come to this country to make a better life for themselves and their families regardless of their legal status. The “free market system” will continue to drive immigration as long as it is profitable. There is absolutely no chance that workers will stop entering the country without documents under these conditions. Just look at the utter failure of the “War on Drugs.”

    It is high time that the world as a whole addresses human migration and the way borders are used to manipulate workers. From the USA to Europe to the middle east immigrant workers are exploited to prevent the advancement of native workers and the strengthening of a class that might be capable of resisting utter domination by the ruling elite be they dictators in North Africa, monarchs in Saudi Arabia, or plutocrats in the USA, Israel, and Europe. As the SPLC has eloquently pointed out time and again, the best way to assure that immigrants won’t “take jobs away” is to vigorously enforce equal rights and fair pay for those workers.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov
  • Jordan

    This is exactly why the argument “this group isn’t racist because there are several people belonging to [x minority] in it!” This excuse has been used by several groups over the last two years.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “She accuses “millions of foreign-born persons” of having “openly stolen jobs, goods, and opportunities from law-abiding American citizens.”

    If they have “openly” stolen jobs, Swain should be able to give us some concrete statistics. Seriously, if a Mexican steals your job, by all means call the police and make a proper report. Otherwise stop making claims like “they’re TAKIN OUR JOBS!!!”

    “Undocumented immigrants, according to Swain, “damage our national sovereignty and standing in the world.”

    Many countries have illegal immigration issues. On what grounds is she making this claim that it damages American national sovereignty?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    There is a very good reason why one can find African americans with such self-hating attitudes. The predominant narrative of the US contains two key points:

    1. Own’s social standing and lot in life is entirely based on one’s personal decisions, and these are entirely the responsibility of the individual.

    2. America “fixed” it’s problem with racism a long time ago(this time is not always specified).

    This narrative is so powerful that it can convince even black people. Indeed even the mainstream media has published or shown works which ask questions like “what’s wrong with the black community/family?” Of course this is never asked about the white community. Bill Cosby can ask “what’s wrong with black people,” but nobody takes a look at statistics for things like binge drinking or drinking and driving(higher among whites) and asks the same question of whites. So it is pretty natural that a minority of black Americans would get so frustrated as to buy into this white narrative.

    Sure, there are problems in the black community, but we have to look at the material causes for those problems instead of acting as though there is just something wrong with the people. Sadly, many people love to be self-righteous and judge others, thereby deluding themselves into believing that their higher position, no matter how slight, is the result of their own talent and wisdom.

  • majii

    Many Americans may not realize it, but there are African Americans who hate being black. I’m AA, and I’ve met other AAs who exhibit the same attitudes as Morris and Swain. What they get from it, I have no idea! I grew up under segregation, and based on my life experience, there’s no way I’d align myself with these far right anti-immigration groups/persons. It doesn’t make sense to me to do so. I could never trust them since I’d always be wondering when the group to which I belong would become their next target.