Re: The Divisions Have Begun

by Ramesh Ponnuru

That anonymous Republican congressman said, “If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race.” A few months ago I wrote an article for NR against this view: an article arguing, that is, that there are valid cultural concerns related to immigration policy and that these concerns are not “code for race.” I think these concerns are more widely felt than they are articulated, which makes it easier for people like our anonymous congressman to conflate them, thoughtlessly, with racism; a conflation that in turn makes it less likely that they will be articulated.