Saturday, January 9, 2010

We've Come a Long Way Baby! America IS Changing!

In a way, ANTIs are right. From an ethnic/cultural perspective, this country is changing rapidly.

As my long time viewers know, my husband loves sports and enjoys watching "classic" sports on TV. This morning he was watching Classic Bowling from the 1970s. The clothes and the hair styles were hilarious. The men wore suits, from suit with tie to leisure suits to plaid pants. They had long hair with sideburns. The women wore helmet head hairdos with lots of teasing and hairspray and little dresses with belts and heels. Many people wore glasses, the men the horn rimmed, the women the little granny glasses. I didn't see one minority in the audience. Additionally, no one was on the phone or on a computer.

I compare this picture with a visit to my local bowling center or casino. There is so much diversity. Everyone is wearing casual clothes, from jeans to slacks, to sweat pants. Hair is different, from shaved head, to long-hair, to make-up to no make-up, to piercings, to tattoos. There is every ethnicity. I'd estimate there was about 50% white, 20% Latino, 15% Black, 10% Asian, 5% Other. Almost everyone has a cell phone and a few had their laptops.

Last night at the "sino" on the slots, I sat next to a Vietnamese family, a father played while his two daughters watched. They were speaking Vietnamese to Dad and the two girls were giggling, half in Vietnamese and half English. Both our machines were winning, so we started high-fiving each other with each win and we began a casual conversation. The girls recently immigrated. Their Dad had arrived years ago and brought the rest of the family later. (I did not ask if they were legal or not. I just assumed they were in progress.) I actually spoke with another family of another ethnicity a few weeks ago and the daughter came in legally with a temporary visa, but overstayed, so she was technically here illegally, but was working with Immigration to gain legal status.

The ANTIs are right. Our country is changing and changing rapidly. We are not the plaid pants/leisure suit all white audience we were 30 years ago. It is amazing to think how quickly our country has changed. The Civil Rights Movement was only 40 years ago. We were not a diverse culture then, as we are now. The Jim Crow laws held many people of various ethnicities down.
I think of the Vietnamese families I've seen. We have two Vietnamese churches in our little suburb. Many of the Vietnamese families immigrated and obtained Asylum at the end of the war. Today, many families are granted Asylum status due to the War(s) in the Middle East/their home countries.

Since World War II, more refugees have found homes in the U.S. than any other nation and more than two million refugees have arrived in the U.S. since 1980. During much of the 1990s, the United States accepted over 100,000 refugees per year, though this figure has recently decreased to around 50,000 per year in the first decade of the 21st century, due to greater security concerns. Still, of the top ten countries accepting resettled refugees in 2006, the United States accepted more than twice as many as the next nine countries combined. As for asylum seekers, the latest statistics show that 86,400 persons sought sanctuary in the United States in 2001.

The rate of immigration and the number of immigrants from various countries are contributing to the current backlog in the Immigration Courts. As I've previously written, 40% of those termed "illegal" are Visa overstays and are attempting to work their status through the very backlogged immigration courts.

Regardless of why the demographics are changing, what is important is that we understand the changes and accept the fact that our country and the demographics will continue to change. We need immigration reform to resolve our broken immigration policies, fix the backlog in the courts, streamline the process, and end, once and for all, all of the hatred, anger and imprisoning of workers due to legal status.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

It DOES matter how an immigrant came here! Laws are laws! Too bad you have no respect for them.

Thanks for reminding us that we are turning into a "mutt" country rather than retaining our identity as a country. I wonder how you would feel if Mexico were being invaded and lost their identity as a country? Each country is unique with their own identity as well they should. Why do you object to a country's natural identity and culture? Why would you like to see that taken away from them?

Anonymous said...

Update! Mexico is changing by illegal immigraton of anglos and too much legal immigration. They are no longer known as a Hispanic country culturally. Their faces are whiter now and they no longer speak Spanish but English. Isn't that just wonderful for the Mexican people? What an effing hypocrite and racist you are, dee.

Vicente Duque said...

It is a very perverted action to select the worst of any country or ethnics in order to criticize and destroy the "Other" and the Otherness. Low Spirits and their ART of Defamation and Denigration.

When we are judging the ART and Culture of any country or ethnicity we should be judging the best orchrestras, bands, singers, musicians, painters, restaurants, houses, foods, cuisine, etc.... This is the custom and habit of the high spirits with the best intentions of appreciation and estimation of ART, Culture, Civilization, Geography, etc ...

This is the custom and habit of the Intelligent and Cultured Ladies and Gentlemen with open minds, but not of the rabble and the canaille.

Canaille comes from the italian word canaglia pack of dogs, can is dog in Latin.

It is a very perverted habit to select the worst of any country in order to criticize and destroy the "Other" and the Otherness. And this custom is the preserve of the lowest spirits, of the people of the lowest quality. People that criticize in order to feel superior but they themselves live a very low quality life.

They rationalize their own inferiority inferiorizing others. We see this very often in the Internet and in the Loquacious Rants of the Hate Merchants of TV and Radio. You also see that custom of denigration and defaming in the "Pundits" of Newspapers that constantly preach violence and war, and whose ideas always fail, their forecasts always fail, their promises are never fulfilled, as you can see with the "pundits" that have fueled the last wars.

So someone has an empty life and a revenge against life, because of his inferiority complexes, or his real inferiority, then criticize another culture or country, and the poor idiot becomes the top echelon of evolution in race, culture, good taste, intelligence, etc ....

Criminalistics, Psychology and Sociology are sciences that show to us the pathological mentality of these Haters. They project their own inner dirt and filth in others, their subconscious inadequacy and complexes become the characteristics of others. And I must add that their Fears and Paranoias are absurd and idiotic but they produce real effects in their brains with the pouring of hormones in the blood stream and real negative effects in their bodies.

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Darius said...

You write about "ending hatred," and yet your entire blog entry here is one long drawn-out screed against what you perceived to the the "white America" of the 1970s!

Would you have spoken with the same derision and antipathy towards the mostly mono-Latino culture/race found in Mexico, or the races/cultures of Japan, Arab nations, China, or sub-Saharan Africa? I think not. Yet, you can barely contain your glee over the "changing demographics" of the U.S. In fact, it just can't seem to change fast enough for you, can it?

You seem to be completely oblivious that celebrating the fact that our nation has culturally transformed in the past 40 or so years is also celebrating the diminishment of another particular race of people. You also seem to be laboring under the delusion that the less white people there are in this nation, the better the nation will be. One of the pillars of far left/Progressive thought, of course. You just don't see that, do you?

Let me put it to you in a way that might (although I doubt it) be understandable to you: if a white person were to write a gleeful article about how the "changing demographics" of Mexico was resulting in Mestizos becoming more and more of a minority in that nation, and that the change was due almost solely to immigration, both legal and illegal, it would be seen as an outrageous expression of hostility. Same thing for a white writer blogging with joyful celebration over the Japanese culture, Nigerian, Saudi Arabian, Chinese, etc., being diminished and becoming "more diverse" through immigration.

It is one thing to point out the fact that these changes have taken place, it is quite another to barely conceal your elation over it. It smacks of hostility towards what you considered "white America" which is nothing but straight up racism in my opinion. You wouldn't dare to express this sentiment towards any other peoples in any other nation if the situation were comparable.

Vicente Duque said...

Texas : two of the projected four new districts will be heavily Hispanic, California may lose a seat in the House if Latinos not well counted, Swing State Ohio losing two seats
The Census is an important political prize


The population growth in Southern and Western states outpaces the Rust Belt and East Coast. Redrawing the Districts.


WBUR.ORG
A New Census Will Trigger Some Old Battles
By Scott Neuman
January 5, 2010

A New Census Will Trigger Some Old Battles

http://www.wbur.org/npr/122253404

Some excerpts :

Even so, "Democrats might still be able to play a major role in line drawing and thwart complete GOP control of the process if they can win just two seats in the Texas House," he acknowledges.

There's also no guarantee that newly created districts in Texas, for example, will go to Republicans, says Sabato, who believes two of the projected four new districts will be heavily Hispanic and therefore likely to be won by Democrats. It is part of a larger trend set to ultimately turn Texas from a red state to a blue state sometime in the 2020s, he says.

By contrast to Texas, Ohio — a key swing state in presidential elections — could lose two seats, causing it "to lose some impact, but that doesn't mean it isn't still going to be a battleground," Benson says. The Midwest and Northeast are also projected to lose seats. New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota — along with Louisiana in the South are all forecast by Polidata to lose one seat each.

What's more, Sabato contends, is that the exodus from California has spread Democratic voters to places such as Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

"California is bleeding Democrats and that is changing the political demographics in these other states," he says.

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Tamale Chica said...

Dee, we certainly have. The reason this country has such a small Asian American population (around 4% nationally) despite Asian immigrants coming here since the 1800's is because we had such racist laws. One of them was the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924, which was preceded by the Chinese Exclusion Act. These laws were put into place to keep Asian immigrants out of the country.

The Asian Exclusion Act guaranteed that Asian immigrants could never become naturalized citizens. This was not changed until 1952! During this time, if your were not Asian but immigrating from Canada, you were considered Canadian for immigration purposes. However, if you were of Asian ancestry, no matter how long your family had been Canadian, the US considered a person Asian first. (A little race anal?)

Governor Locke has a short synopsis here: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/GovernorLocke/speeches/speech-view.asp?SpeechSeq=540

The Immigration and Nationalization Act of 1965 changed the non-white exclusion of immigration, opening the door for unprecedented numbers of Asians and Latin Americans:

http://www.asian-nation.org/1965-immigration-act.shtml

Anonymous said...

God, you really are despicable! Your love of "diversity" is merely a smokescreen for your contempt for what you consider to be "white America." You can't come right out and display your antipathy towards white America and white Americans, but you CAN prattle on about how wonderful it is that we are becoming "more diverse," i.e. "less white."

You can hardly contain your glee at the fact that whites are diminishing as a population. Unbelievable that you don't see the hostility in this.

After all, wouldn't it be considered somewhat hostile if we were getting off on the Japanese becoming a minority in Japan, the Arabs being diminished in any of their nations, blacks becoming a minority in Nigeria, or Mestizos a minority in Mexico??? Could you imagine the outcry if any white person were to write such a gleeful article along those lines about those nations? And yet, it is not only acceptable for you to do this, but you find it news to celebrate. It is just blatant racism on your part.

Unfortunately, some like you have all been pretty much brainwashed to see the diminishment of European/Western culture as a "good" thing to the point where it is considered "racist" to protest against celebrating over the demise of it. It is just unreal.

I don't know, looking back over history, if there was ever any civilization which would celebrate its own demise and were expected to celebrate it I don't who they would be. Even with all of the talk about the evil Europeans conquering the Native Americans, at least the Native Americans fought to retain their culture and way of life to the bitter end--and they weren't called "racists" for doing so! We are expected to actually rejoice in the demise/diminishment of our culture. Has this ever happened to any other people in the history of the world? I just don't know of any.

People like you are totally oblivious to the fact that as you are rejoicing over the increasing "diversity" in this nation--brought totally about through illegal and legal immigration BTW--that the other side of the coin is that they are rejoicing in the diminishment/extinction of another race of people. But I guess it's PC and even desireable to rejoice over the extinction of whites. After all, we are evil and only with our extinction will true peace, harmony, justice and equality reign supreme over the earth.

There is just something about you gushing over the diminishment of European culture/race and even the way you speak so derisively about it (checked pants, geeky styles, etc.) that really makes me sick. Oh, right--whites aren't "cool"--they're bad dressers, fat, unstylish, etc. What an effin racist you are! What really gets me is that you don't even see how anti-white and hostile you are being. Truly, what intrinsically makes the scenario that you described in the 70s WORSE than that of today?? It is completely subjective and a reflection of your own anti-white bias.

May you burn in hell, you racist!

Paul Jacobs said...

Lyndon Johnson in 1965 passed the Immigration Act that effectively did away with the xenophobic and patently unAmerican Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 (aka the National Origins Act, the Chinese Exclusion Act, etc.). Since that time, the U.S. has seen an influx of immigrants, most notably from Asia and Latin America but also from eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, recreating U.S. society yet once again. When you think of what America looked like in 1950 and you consider Census projections that suggest there will be a minority-majority by 2050, the U.S. is indeed in the midst of a significant change, one that portends eventual political doom for those hackneyed dregs you dub ANTIs.

I am not optimistic about immigration reform. The U.S. senate, with it's power disproportionately vested in small states and made worse by the use of undemocratic procedural gimmicks like the filibuster, is a dysfunction body void of any redeeming qualities whatsoever. While that statement may be a tad excessive, it remains true that getting anything of substance out of the upper chamber is next to impossible these days. At least in 2005 and 2006 there were abundant pro business Republicans who were more interested in the laissez-faire ideal of the free movement of labor. Today's GOP has been overrun by teabagging populists, leaving all the heavy lifting to the less-than-courageous Democratic Party.

My support shall continue for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and indeed my two senators and my congressman (Hinchey NY-22) are avid supporters as well. Should we do nothing, which seems to be the motto for today's Congress, then posterity will rightfully condemn this period as a truly dark, feckless and ugly chapter in American history.

Vicente Duque said...

To Paul Jacobs :

Thanks for your excellent comments that are always factual and devoid of personal attacks, or fictional character analysis.

In particular, I agree with this that you wrote :

"I am not optimistic about immigration reform. The U.S. senate, with it's power disproportionately vested in small states and made worse by the use of undemocratic procedural gimmicks like the filibuster, is a dysfunction body void of any redeeming qualities whatsoever."

It looks to me that Mr Obama has lots of troubles, the Polls are showing those political problems.

He shouldn't carry a heavier burden. Even if Health Care is approved, Mr Obama would have arrows in his back. And the Foreign Policy Picture can't be worse.

Foreign Policy for America is like a picture of Hell painted by Hyeronimus Bosch (1450 – 1516)

A quote for Mr George W. Bush :
"Oh, what tangled webs we weave When first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In such stormy weather it is not a good idea to play with kites.

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I Travel for JOOLS said...

Read what Axelrod said today about the Dem priorities for this year. Not one word about immigration reform.

Vicente Duque said...

National Journal interviews David Axelrod, Electoral Strategist and aide of Mr Obama -

National Journal
White House Readies Aggressive Midterm Push
Axelrod Says Focus Will Be On Republican Alternatives
by Ronald Brownstein
January 11, 2010



White House Readies Aggressive Midterm Push

Some excerpts :

Axelrod's checklist includes improvement in the economy, some (but not vastly more) legislative action and, most pointedly, an effort to draw sharper contrasts with Republican positions. His comments may foreshadow a much more pugnacious Democratic message as the election approaches.
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Asked what has to happen in the next 10 months to produce the best possible result for Democrats in November, Axelrod didn't hesitate in identifying his top priority: an economy that is adding, rather than losing, jobs each month. "I think job growth is certainly number one," he said. "I think that's how most people measure a recovering economy."

To nudge that process along, he says, he expects Congress to quickly conclude legislation to promote job growth: "We have to take that up right away," he said. Still, he has no illusions about the capacity of further legislation to significantly affect the employment trajectory -- or the likely impact next fall if it doesn't improve.

"In certain ways we are at the mercy of forces that are larger than things we can control," Axelrod said. "If we see steady months of jobs growth between now and next November, I think the picture will be different than if we don't. I think Ronald Reagan learned that lesson in 1982. We're not immune to the physics of all of this. But I'm guardedly optimistic that we are going to see that progress. You know, there are signs of that. We're going to just keep doing everything we can to promote progress."
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"They want to stand with the insurance industry on health care and protect the status quo, then let them defend that in an election," Axelrod said. "If they want to stand with the banks and the financial industries, and protect the status quo, then let them explain that in an election. If the party that over eight years turned a... surplus into the most significant growth in national debt by far in the history of the country and left this president with a $1.3 trillion deficit when he walked in the door and an economic crisis, let them campaign on fiscal integrity."
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Axelrod sees other benefits in drawing sharper contrasts with the GOP, arguing that it could help motivate the Democratic base, which several polls have shown to be less enthused about voting this year than Republicans. "If the question is what we've been able to achieve, which I think is substantial, versus the ideal of what people hope for or hoped for, that's a harder race for us," he said. "If the choice is between the things we've achieved and we're fighting for and what the other side would deliver, I think that's very motivational to people."

Included in that effort, he said, would be a concentrated focus on first-time and other irregular voters, many of them minorities and young people, who surged to the polls for Obama in 2008 but typically turn out at lower rates in midterm elections. "One of our missions has to be in the next 11 months to communicate rigorously with those voters and make the case for why it's important that they come out even when the president isn't on the ballot, and what the consequences are of not doing that," Axelrod said. "I think we can make that case. We're sophisticated enough in the art of communicating, the technology of communicating, that we can reach a lot of those voters."

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Darius said...

Relax, Anonymous...it's all about politics. In order for Progressives to deconstruct the nation from what it was founded to be, and rebuild it in their image, they need a complete demographic change. The electorate as it stands right now will not accomplish the job for them. Most non-whites (obviously, not all) will vote for Democrats and the Progressive agenda; if they did not, the Dems (Progressives, for not all Dems are Progressive, but they are controlling the Dem Party right now) would be slamming that door shut PDQ. Their desire for amnesty and subsequent chain migration is mostly about changing the demographics in this nation to benefit their political agenda. Pure and simple. They will use massive immigration--legal and illegal--to change the electorate and thus completely transform this nation into a Progressive utopia, unrecognizable to our Founders. The ethnocentric Latinos/Chicanos are in sync with the Progressive agenda because their interests intersect at the moment. Granted, there are some who want the "cheap labor," and others who are simply the "useful idiots" to whom Karl Marx referred...but the leaders of the Progressive movement and their fellow travellers know exactly what they are doing.

One of the pillars of the far left, right back to Trotsky, is the diminishment/destruction of Western culture. Here is one of their principles. There is more from where this comes:

"WHITES MUST BE REDUCED TO A MINORITY
White people have had 2,000 years to change their ways and, yet, THEY HAVE NOT. Whites seem unable to practice justice and fairness. Therefore the only solution is to reduce whites to a minority wherever they are presently a majority (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc). The sooner whites are reduced to a minority, the sooner the world can be remade into a unified global society based on justice & dignity... a world free of war and conflict. In such a world, the natural instincts inherent in people-of-color (eg. sharing, justice, peace, fairness, etc) will then finally be free to flourish. Lastly, the fewer white people in the world, the less chance they'll have to re-emerge and restart their oppressive & racist ways. Sadly, this is the only solution, and, however this solution is realized is justified (large scale non-white immigration, birth control, abortion, etc)."

That is why they are ONLY concerned about "diversity" in mostly Western (European-derived) nations. It is not about diversity PER SE, but about advancing their leftist political agenda. Very easy to understand (and we do and are educating the masses about it). It's the same old same old that's been going on for over 100 years. They will never quit and NEITHER WILL WE (those who adhere to the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers).

In addition, the Chinese were not the only immigrants who were restricted. The Immigration Restriction Act of 1926 also restricted immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. I believe that was in place until 1965 also.

Interestingly enough, China does not allow any immigration to speak of and neither does Japan. Things that make you go, "hmmm..." Kind of like certain Muslim nations protesting not being able to build as many mosques in Western nations as they please, but placing severe restrictions on building churches in their nations. Saudi won't even allow bibles to be brought in. Hypocrisy anyone?

Anonymous said...

How wonderful it is to see that Latin America/Mexico is becoming more diverse than ever and that it can only improve Mexico since that nation is "too" mono-cultural/racial (90% Mestizo, 10% white Hispanic). Viva la diversity, right dee?

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5AF0AG20091116

Oh and Tamale Chica,

It was NOT only the Chinese who were excluded through the Chinese Exclusion Act, but also immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe through the Immigration Restriction Act of 1926. That remained in effect until 1965 for them also, so why aren't you all bent out of shape for them, too? Oh, that's right...they're those evil whiiites. There is definitely as much racism on the far left as on the far right. The only difference is the objects of that racism.

pcorn54 said...

Well Anonymous, what a low class no class assklown and no knowing you seem to be.

Yes, there is more than 500,000 of us norteamericanos living in Mexico yet Mexico has not lost it's identity. Spanish is still the predominant language of the countrym although English is spoken in international business circles as it is in most of the world.

Good going Dee. You brought the ALICRAPPER out of Gheens posterior for this one

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