Monday, July 23, 2007

The Civil Rights Movement changed America

This weekend, I was doing my usual Blog surfing, looking for any interesting Blogs on Immigration on the net. I came across this outrageous ANTI blog. The blogger was blogging about the inferior genetics and low IQs of Hispanics titled "Immigration: Let’s Discuss The Genetics Of It".

Outrageous? YES!!! In fact, he got my dander up. So, of course I responded to "the Kernel", the author of the Blog. When I woke up Sunday morning, I had an email-response from the Kernel. We start commenting back and forth, tit for tat. If we were WWE wrestlers, it would have been a cage match.

He was so pompous, self-righteous and non-apologetic for his remarks. The best he could do is advocate conservatism, “The conservative adheres to custom, convention, and continuity. It is old custom that enables people to live together peaceably; the destroyers of custom demolish more than they know or desire.” He, of course, was referencing the custom of the Northern European immigrants of the 1700s and the need to maintain his heritage.

As I shared the importance of the Declaration of Independence, “All people are created equal,” his weak response was “show me where it says that because we’re all created equal we must forego the obligations we have to our ancestors and to our descendants.” This is the man who advocates inferior IQ and genetics of Hispanics.

As I advised him, “The rate of Hispanics will not diminish. We are CITIZENS and our numbers are growing. You cannot stop this. Your Northern European policies have brought us to where we are today.” I shared with him the 1924 Immigration policies setting limits to Eastern and Southern European Immigrants, the Chinese Exclusion Act and the fact during this period the Corporations and Congress ensured open southern borders allowing Hispanic migrants to work via programs similar to the Bracero program.

I added, “Now, with the accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement, we have learned we are, in fact, equal.” The Civil Rights Movement being the single most important difference in the history of our nation.

The Civil Rights movement changed America. Prior to the civil rights movement, the time the Kernel relishes, it was permissible for the Anglo majority to mistreat minorities. Minorities were paid lower than standard wages. They were made to work in unsafe working conditions. They could be removed from their property. Often, they were subjected to Jim Crow laws which prevented them from voting. Legally they could be made to drink from separate water fountains, sit in the back of the bus, restricted from restaurants, sit in restricted locations at theaters, swimming areas, and restricted from other entertainment facilities.

The Civil Rights Movement stopped the Jim Crow laws and helped all minorities achieve equal, legal status. EQUAL!!

The achievements during this phase of the Civil Rights Movement were passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned discrimination in employment practices and public accommodations, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that restored voting rights, the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965 that dramatically changed U.S. immigration policy, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that banned discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.

I will leave it to you to judge the outcome of the discussion between the Kernel and me. The ANTIs will love him. The PROs will probably agree with me and think he is a pompous you know what although it was an invigorating exchange. (scroll to bottom of page)


Tanstaafl said...

Pompous? That's ad hominem. Weak argument.

Civil Rights actually established in law a new, reversed inequality. Any group that could claim minority status was henceforth to be given special status. This is what Affirmative Action is.

This probably would have been fine if it had been narrowly focused on the progeny of former slaves, temporarily. Instead it has come to be permanently applied more generally to just about anyone who isn't European-American - "Pilgrims" as you "Messykins" delight in calling them.

Pilgrims are just fine to treat unequally. After all their grandfathers used to call your grandfathers "neeegro" and "Messykin". That was bad. Therefore you Pilgrims should go back to Europe. Us Hispanics are stealing back your stolen land. ("Hispanic" is apparently Spanish for "hypocrite".)

If you really think treating someone differently because of the color of their skin is bad then don't change your tune when that skin color is white.

Dee said...

Well Tan, part of the Kernel´s argument is the fact he is pompous and he believes all should cater to him and (as he terms it) "his" culture vs the equality or civil rights of others.

I disagree with you (obviously) about the Civil Rights movement, as to millions and millions of others.

Also, I love our multi cultural nation and you can hardly claim I have adversity towards skin color since my husband and children are, as you call it, "white."

The only issue I have is with ANTIs and those who discriminate against minorities because of their skin color and believe, as the Kernel said, Hispanics have inferior genetics or IQ.

If you read his blogs, you know he said this himself.

Dee said...

Rev Al agrees with me too.

"I want to say what a lot of people won't say. The immigration debate is not simply about border security, it is a problem of America dealing with race," Sharpton told the audience.

Anonymous said...

Al Sharpton-You are in great company.

Dee said...

Thank You for the compliment A.

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