June 12, 2006

WHOM BLACKS, LABOR AND SECULARS OPPOSE:

Some blacks say Latino immigrants taking their jobs (Lornet Turnbull, 6/12/06, Seattle Times)

A century ago, the same fears of displacement were raised by blacks when legal immigrants poured into the U.S. from across Europe and Asia. "The only time when the black workforce is desired is when there's low immigration," said Morris.

The result are two minority groups fighting for many of the same low-wage, low-skill jobs that promise neither a path out of poverty.

The showdowns are taking place on the streets of cities like Los Angeles, where African Americans have joined demonstrations against illegal immigration.

Some have teamed up with the Minuteman Project, a border-watch group that reports illegal crossings from Mexico into the United States, and whose members some have called vigilantes and racists.

Last month, a coalition of economists, educators and community leaders called Choose Black America called on Congress to reject legislation they believe will only flood the U.S. labor market with even more low-wage immigrants.

In recent months, Morris pointed out, illegal immigrants have become mobilized, with vast networks of support even among such venerable black organizations as the NAACP and the Urban League. Both favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants; local chapters have followed suit.

"Some of us feel a need to speak out for those who have no voice," said Morris, who is chairing Choose Black America. "They could be black, white, Hispanic. They are not the people financing campaigns; they are not visible or particularly articulate."

King County Council member Larry Gossett, who is black, denounces tactics he said only serve to divide poor people.

"It's not legitimate nor is it politically helpful to fall into the trap of dividing very poor, semi- or unskilled black and Latino workers," he said. "There's nothing beneficial there."


Sure there is--it makes it easier for the GOP to peel off the fastest rising demographic in the electorate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 12, 2006 8:01 AM
Comments

" ... low-skill jobs that promise neither a path out of poverty." This kind thinking drives me crazy. There are no promises or guarantees, but any job can be a path out of poverty. A person starts at the bottom and with hard work and intelligence may become the CEO of the company.

A person who sits on his stoop drinking beer or wine out of a paper bag while collecting welfare is the one who is guaranteed to never finding the path our of poverty, but has a very good chance of finding the path to drug addiction, a violent death or a prison cell.

Posted by: erp at June 12, 2006 5:50 PM
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