Gregory Kane’s Examiner column today quotes L.A. low-immigration crusader Terry Anderson bemoaning the effect of mass immigration on the schooling of black American kids. Ironically, Anderson died yesterday morning, reducing the already-small cohort of black Americans willing to publicly criticize current immigration policy (some other members of that tiny fraternity are here, here, here, and here). His motto was “If You Ain’t Mad, You Ain’t Payin’ Attention!” but his anger never sounded fringy or hateful.
The problem is not that ordinary black citizens favor open borders; see this poll, for instance, where they are clearly for enforcement and less immigration. At a conference of Urban League officials where I spoke a few years ago, one of the attendees (who did not agree with me on immigration) said everyone knew that if a black talk-radio show touched on immigration, the callers would be overwhelmingly critical and demand enforcement.
Rather, the black political leadership is almost uniformly for open borders as part of their coalition with Hispanic lawmakers, denouncing any critique of immigration as necessarily racist; only a handful of members of the Black Caucus have immigration grades above F. (Artur Davis has a recent grade of B-, but that’s because he was running for governor of Alabama.) When a black political figure takes up as his signature issue a reasoned, knowledgeable, sober, unapologetic critique of mass immigration, not only will he succeed politically, but the issue as a whole will take a huge step toward victory.