Diversity Is Strength! It`s Also…Gang Warfare

Santa Barbara, California is famously

close to paradise.
The cool Pacific waters and
sun-warmed south-facing beaches endow the small city
with the quintessence of the Mediterranean climate.

Rich Americans began flocking to

Santa Barbara
in the late 19th Century, and, in
contrast to today`s plutocrats, they had excellent taste
in architecture. The rebuilding of Santa Barbara`s State
Street in the

Spanish Mission
style after the 1925 earthquake was
the aesthetic peak of white Californians` long

phase. Today,

State Street
is arguably the most pleasant downtown
avenue to stroll in the country.

Or it was, until last Thursday afternoon, when
California`s growing

Latino gang wars
boiled over onto State Street, with
a 14-year-old junior high school student stabbing a
15-year-old to death outside of

Saks Fifth Avenue

Steve Chawkins of the Los Angeles Times
reported on March 16, 2007:

Deadly gang brawl stuns Santa Barbara

Residents and tourists here were stunned Thursday in the
wake of a daylight gang brawl that left a 15-year-old
boy stabbed to death, a 14-year-old charged with his
murder and downtown`s main commercial strip shut down
for more than eight hours.

“`Everyone`s saying,
`This isn`t supposed to happen in Santa Barbara,“ said
Police Chief Cam Sanchez. `Well, it isn`t supposed to
happen anywhere.`

“Police … were emphatic
that the

deadly skirmish,
which involved throngs of
participants and was witnessed by many bystanders, was a
confrontation between

two rival gangs.

“Killed was 15-year-old
Luis Angel Linares, a student at El Puente Community
School [VDARE.COM note:
This is a school for juvenile delinquents

who was known to his friends as Nacho. Bleeding after
being stabbed, he staggered into the parking lot behind
Saks Fifth Avenue on State Street before being rushed to
a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His

alleged killer,
whose name was not released because
of his age, attended Santa Barbara Junior High School….

“With the fight surging
across State Street, dozens of police officers and
sheriff`s deputies converged on the scene from their
departments` headquarters just blocks away.”

Gang warfare has also been on the

in nearby Los Angeles, with

gang-related crimes rising 14 percent in 2006.

Especially hard hit has been LA`s formerly middle class
suburb, the San Fernando Valley, with a

44 percent

We should have seen it coming. Gang graffiti, which
had blanketed virtually every wall in the Southland
during the horrific murder wave of the late 1980s and
early 1990s, had been largely scrubbed out by 2000. In
2005, though, the

started to overwhelm the

eradication effort.
Today, graffiti is everywhere
again in LA.

The LA Times reported, "Los Angeles cleanup
crews removed 27 million square feet of graffiti last
year, up from 21 million square feet in 2005"
. But
they are clearly losing the battle. The capability of
gang members to deface has grown faster than the
public`s ability to erase. [Trying
to paint taggers into a corner
By Amanda
Covarrubias, March 11, 2007]

A teacher in

heavily Hispanic Santa Ana
tells me that his
students, boys and girls, spend much of their
time in his math classes practicing their tagging
calligraphy in their notebooks, devising ever more
elaborate ways to scrawl their nicknames and gang
symbols on walls after school.

In turn, the proliferation of gang tags shows
potential criminals that the forces of law and order are
losing, which they interpret to mean it`s getting safer
to commit all sorts of crimes.

The last upsurge in Southern California gang activity
proved to be a national disaster because the
entertainment industry glamorized LA hoodlums across the

In the mid-1980s, a potent new formulation of cocaine
called crack became popular in the slums of

Los Angeles County
. In 1988, the first gangsta rap
album, NWA`s

Straight Outta Compton
, began to spread the
South Central crack dealer`s code nationwide. Soon, all
across America, gangsta rap fans formed crack-dealing
gangs called either Bloods or Crips in emulation of LA
County`s most notorious black gangs. They began blasting
away at each other, causing the national homicide rate
to peak from


LA`s legendary black gangs, like its

black community
in general, are in decline,
inundated by Latin American immigrants and their
progeny. Man for man, the black gangstas are still
plenty scary, but the Hispanic "gang-affiliated members"
now badly

them. Blacks are leaving Los Angeles, with
the South a particularly popular destination.

So why is gang war breaking out in Southern
California now? There doesn`t appear to be a new drug
like crack in the 1980s.

Instead, the latest killings seem to be
demography-driven. There are just more Hispanic teens
today than in past decades, so there are more Hispanic

It`s not widely understood, but the 1986 federal
amnesty for illegal immigrants set off a

baby boom among unskilled Hispanics
in California
that began in 1988 and lasted into the late 1990s, with
consequences for gang activity that have just recently
become palpable.

Demographers Laura E. Hill and Hans P. Johnson of the
Public Policy Institute of California

in 2002:

“Between 1987 and 1991,
total fertility rates for foreign-born Hispanics
California] increased from 3.2 to 4.4 [expected
babies per woman over her lifetime]. … Why did total
fertility rates increase so dramatically for Hispanic
immigrants? First, the composition of the Hispanic
immigrant population in California changed as a result
of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of
1986. In California alone, 1.6 million unauthorized
immigrants applied for amnesty (legal immigrant status)
under this act. The vast majority were young men, and
many were agricultural workers who settled permanently
in the United States. Previous research indicates that
many of those granted amnesty were joined later by
spouses and relatives in the United States… As a
result, many young adult Hispanic women came to
California during the late 1980s.
the Future of Californians` Fertility: The Role of

This ex-illegal immigrant baby boom created an
indigestible population

that overwhelmed California`s public
schools in the 1990s, with many having to shift to
disruptive year round schedules. The LA Unified School
District alone has budgeted

$19 billion
for construction to accommodate the
immigration-driven growth in student numbers.

(Indeed, a bipartisan commission

by Gov. Schwarzenegger

estimated last week
that to bring the public school
students of California up to the 2014 requirement for
universal proficiency mandated by the federal No Child
Left Behind law might cost $1.5 trillion—or just
about the entire annual output of the California
economy. So, let me be the first to say it: A trillion
here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you are talking
about real money.)

Today, California`s amnesty baby boom generation is
between ages 10 and 19, entering their prime gang
violence years.

For California, the good news (of the
been-down-so-long-it-looks-like-up-to-me ilk) is that
the state has become so overcrowded that the high cost
of living and relatively low wages are driving
immigrants and their gang-oriented kids out of the

Families are fleeing California for more

regions. Much of the colossally expensive
new school construction is turning out to be

because elementary school enrollment is now

California is now exporting its illegal immigration
problem—gang wars, overcrowded schools, declining
standards of living, and the like—to the

other 49 states.

Good luck, America. You`ll need it.

Yet in Washington D.C., the big names in both the
Republican and Democratic Party are plotting another
amnesty for illegal immigrants. This one would unleash a
second baby boom among unskilled ex-illegal
immigrants—but this one would be perhaps three times

If the voters knew about this, they would never
accept what their betters are cooking up for them. But
nobody except VDARE.COM is pointing out that amnesty
means a baby boom among the uneducated, gang-prone
foreigners in our midst.

Talking about such unpleasantries is just not done.

why we`re in this mess.

[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and

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