Abolishing America (contd): A New King—Or A New Cesar?
order Sam Francis` new monograph, Ethnopolitics:
Immigration, Race, and the American Political Future]
That does not mean, of course, that
the war is over. It`s just that it is now a race war, a
conflict from which most conservatives are AWOL and the
left is on the other side.
The reason the culture war has now
evolved (or devolved) into a race war is that it is
increasingly being fought between different
races—sometimes whites versus blacks, when whites are
willing to fight at all, but
more and more often between
blacks and Hispanics. The issue in the war is over
whose culture—values, beliefs,
myths, icons, etc.—will prevail, and culture is
increasingly linked to race.
In San Jose, Calif., the lines of
the conflict are now clear in a looming battle over the
name of a local street. The Associated Press reports
that a movement by some blacks in the city to rename
"King Street" has stirred opposition from local
The blacks want to
rename "King Street"—well—"King Street." That is to
say, the present King Street is named after a chap
(presumably white, though nobody seems to give a hoot)
settled the area in 1851. Talk about a dead white
male. The proposal is to change the name of the street
to "Martin Luther King Jr. Road."[PDF]
later King never went to San Jose and the street has
nothing to do with him, though of course he had little
to do with the (literally) 660 other streets named after
him across the country either.
The reason local blacks want to
rename the street is that, as a local police officer
says, "we`re trying to enhance the area with a great
man`s name." That seems to be the best reason he and
his allies can offer. [San
Jose, Calif., Split Over MLK Street, By
DEBORAH KONG, Associated Press, Sunday, November 2, 2003]
Since the street "runs through
the heart of one of the city`s
Latino neighborhoods," it`s not clear what
"enhancing the area" means. Is something wrong with
Hispanics that needs to be "enhanced"?
As for the Hispanics themselves,
they are not especially eager to change the name.
"In San Jose," the AP
reports, "the divide falls mostly between blacks and
Hispanics, but the racial lines aren`t absolutely clear.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored
local president opposes the change, while some
relatives of labor leader
Cesar Chavez favor it."
The NAACP is against it because
"we cannot have a black against brown fight,"
according to its local chieftain.
I guess it`s OK to have a
black versus white fight when the NAACP wants whites
to name streets after King.
And the reason some Hispanics
support the change is that they`d like the street (or
maybe one intersecting it) named after
Cesar Chavez, the Mexican-American labor leader and
activist. Some years ago, Mexicans in the city put up a
statue of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl in the city
center in place of the
white American soldier who captured the city for the
United States during the Mexican-American war.
That ought to tell you which race
is in charge in San Jose.
It certainly tells the local blacks
that. One black resident gripes,
area`s going to remain the same. Nobody`s moving
anything. What is it that`s being destroyed? The older
African-Americans who`ve been there forever, what about
us? It sounds like they`re [the Hispanics]
saying, `This is our area. We
It`s nice someone understands
what`s going on.
What`s going on behind the squabble
over changing the street name is a racial conflict
between blacks and Hispanics, and the issue is which
culture—and thereby which race—will prevail.
Which side that will be is by no
means clear as yet, though the Hispanics, thanks to
mass immigration and
high fertility, have the advantage of numbers. But
one thing is clear: Whites are
no longer in the running at all.
No one bothers to ask whatever
whites remain in San Jose what name they would like to
have on the street.
Nobody even thinks about asking if
they mind that streets named after a white man be
renamed after a black or a Hispanic.
How many more wars can whites
afford to lose?
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