Immigration Rallies and KKK: A Tale of Two States

KKKinalabama.jpgHere’s the way the immigration debate is being covered in in California:

The caravan to Capitol Hill departed from a park in a heavily black Los Angeles neighborhood as part of a push by the civilian border patrol group to attract more blacks as members.

“If we are going to be giving preference to anybody . . . preference should go to the American-African community that has suffered more than anybody,” Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist told a crowd of 40 supporters that included about 10 blacks.

Gilchrist had to yell the remarks over a dozen mostly black protesters who chanted “Minutemen go home!” and “KKK go home!”

Gilchrist repeatedly stopped his speech to address the protesters, telling them, “Ours is not a racial cause. It’s a rule-of-law cause.”

As Gilchrist spoke, supporters and opponents engaged in a heated debate.

“Hispanics are taking away our jobs,” said Angela Broussard, 38, a black playwright. “They are moving into our neighborhoods, so now where are we going to go?”

Morris Griffin held a sign rejecting a measure passed by the House that would make it a felony to be in this country illegally and penalize people who aid undocumented immigrants.

Here’s the way it’s going down in Alabama:

Ku Klux Klan grand dragon Phillip McAuthur, who doesn’t use his real last name, filed an application permit for parade in Russellville to protest illegal immigrants.

The parade, according to McAuthur is set for May 6th at 10 AM.

“We’re not against immigration. We’re againt the illegal immigrants who take jobs and don’t have to pay taxes like we do. That’s illegal,” says McAuthur.

KKK great titan Dale White, who also uses a fake last name, says he doesn’t know of any jobs in Franklin County area that a caucasion won’t do.

“And here we are begging for those very jobs and getting turned down. Heck, they wave their foreign flags and we can’t even fly our confederate flag,” he says.

According to McAuthur, about 80 members from 6 different states are expected to attend.

“They’re coming from South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi,” he says.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. So are you saying the minutemen are as bad as the KKK, are you sure this isn’t a website fronted by, or the democrats. This is the worst libertarian site i have ever seen

  2. Johnny — read into it what you wish. I merely reported facts (as covered by the media).

    Also, if you hate this site so much, then why the hell are you here?

  3. Or, to summarize:

    Note also that the L.A. Times frequently lies about the true nature of far-left groups. For instance, they refered to ANSWER as an “anti-ware and anti-racism group”. Does the L.A. Times tell us who the protesters on the other side were? Were they from ANSWER, or perhaps the P&F Party?

  4. In my various online discussions, I’ve encountered mostly sincere, non-racist arguments — but the reaction, in general, shouldn’t be surprising to those who know their history:

    The know-nothings gained considerable influence before the Civil War, these early nativists advocated a program that makes today’s nativists seem lamblike. Their New York affiliate demanded, among other things, the elimination of the foreign-born from political office, a 21-year residency requirement for naturalization, the deportation of foreign paupers, mandatory Bible reading in schools and a ban on the use of foreign languages in schools or public documents.

  5. B-P: I thought both sides of the race issue were interesting, which I why I posted them. I never compared the Minutemen to the KKK, but have learned that there are probably two differnet similar groups using the Minutemen name.

  6. I wasn’t saying you said they were racist. Was referring to how it seems like the definition of racism has been stretched. I’ve never heard of a hate group that accepted all races except for one.

  7. To clarify: the black protestors that yelled “KKK go home!” while other blacks were clearly among the supporters of the Minutemen are clearly idiots.

  8. I’d argue that the KKK presence in Alabama does imply racism — based on historical precedent.

  9. The so-called “minutemen” are racist. Nothing anyone says will change this fact. 100% of immigration laws are unconstitutional. The federal government is given no authority to limit, prevent, or regulate immigration.

    Those who use words like “invasion” to describe the influx of immigrants from Mexico are idiots and aren’t worthy of calling themselves American let alone libertarian.

  10. Steven: …?

    Either I’m reading your reply wrong, or you thought I was arguing that there wasn’t racism in Alabama. I’ve never been to Alabama, but I know the history there as well as in the whole south, and I would NEVER say something like that. It is only through an unfortunate chain of events that I live anywhere below the Mason-Dixon line at the moment, I plan on going back north as soon as possible once I can afford to move. No offense, but the majority culture down here is just plain wrong to me, I don’t like living somewhere where to have a good day I have to avoid speaking to any of the locals.

  11. Believe me, there is racism. I thought that use of a KKK article would clarify my position on that, but I guess I should have been more clear.

    I agree with your assessment of the majority culture down here, BTW.