January 26, 2006


Senate seat no lock for Dems (Terrence Dopp, 1/26/06, Glocester County Times)

Newly appointed U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat appointed this month to fill the seat abandoned by Gov. Jon Corzine, has yet to spark a fire with South Jersey voters, according to a poll released Wednesday.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, Menendez leads Republican challenger state Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. statewide by a margin of 38 percent to 36; the numbers fall within the 3 percent margin of error.

This race could be one of the first to test how much blacks resent Hispanics. It would not be surprining if in states with large black populations, Hispanic candidates can only win running as Republicans.

Why So Many Blacks Fear Illegal Immigrants(Earl Olfari Hutchinson, 1/26/06, Huffington Post)

Near the close of a recent spirited community forum in South Los Angeles on black and Latino relations, a young black man in the audience stood up and proudly, even defiantly, shouted that he was a member of the Minuteman Project.

This is the fringe group that has waged a noisy, gun toting and headline grabbing campaign to shut down the Mexican border to illegal immigrants.
GOP conservatives and immigration reformers denounce their borderline, racist rants. Their rhetoric didn't faze the young black man, nor many other blacks in the audience who nodded in agreement, as he launched into a finger pointing, tirade against illegal immigrants that he claimed steal jobs from blacks. He punctuated his tirade by loudly announcing that he had taken part in a Minuteman border patrol back in April.

Illegal immigration clearly touched a raw nerve with many blacks in the audience.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 3:58 PM

Oh, wow! If anyone else had pointed this great fissure within the hoped-for "minority-majority" he would have straightaway been accused of Ku Klux Klan affiliations.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 26, 2006 4:18 PM

I had no idea black Americans were so nativist.

Posted by: toe at January 26, 2006 4:44 PM

they've been here longer than those shiftless Euro-Catholics.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 4:46 PM

WSJ P B1 1/24

Blacks vs. Latinos at work
More African-Americans claim they are passed over for Hispanics in hiring.

School vouchers, gun rights (Detroit), NOLA, 2004 Ohio vote, this,

They held their nose once, they'll do it again.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 26, 2006 5:41 PM

I worked in CA for years with a bunch of blacks from South Central and Compton. They were uniformly prejudiced against the "spanish" as they called them. Of course, it runs both ways, dark hispanics will routinely refuse to speak English when they are booked into custody so that they will not be labeled black. And, the Mexicans have possibly the worst derogatory term for blacks, Mayate, or dung beetle.

Posted by: Pepys at January 26, 2006 5:43 PM

In TX the illegals on our geoseismic crew were abused by the crackers but had a mantra: At least I ain't a "N-Word".

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 6:15 PM

OJ, you were once in TX? I didn't know that the state was in the Eastern Time Zone (or were they on daylight savings time and you just considered it to be the same as eastern standard time?)

Posted by: Jayson at January 26, 2006 10:49 PM

I was 18 and you could make ridiculous money doodlebugging--that was worth a Time Zone violation. Guys from our fraternity went down during their semesters off for years, until oil prices tanked in the mid-80s.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 11:03 PM