Hanson on “Mexifornia”: Good – But Not Good Enough


With California now being digested
by the mass immigration the

Treason Lobby
has imported, even academics are
beginning to see—up to a point—what`s going on.

Interviewed
recently on

National Review Online
, historian

Victor Davis Hanson
tried to explain.

His explanation is not quite
complete, though it shows progress, but what he had to
say about the wonderful world of

diversity
mass immigration has created in his state
could not have made too many of the pro-immigration

pseudo-conservatives
who run the magazine very
happy.

Asked by his interviewer "what
has multiculturalism and mass immigration wrought in
Selma, California, your hometown?"
Mr. Hanson, a
classics professor at California State University at
Fresno and author of several important works in

ancient history
(and a new one,

Mexifornia
, about what

immigration is doing
to his own native state), had a
mouthful to say:

"Immigration from Mexico
was once as measured and legal as it is now

uncontrolled
and

unlawful
. And instead of meeting the challenge of
turning illegal immigrants into Americans, our teachers,
politicians, and government officials for some time have
taken the easier route of allowing a separatist culture,
from bilingualism and historical revisionism in the
schools, to non-enforcement of legal statutes and a
general self-imposed censorship about honest discussion
of the problem.

"The
result is that we are seeing in the area the emergence
of truly

apartheid
communities … plagued by

dismal schools
, scant capital, many of the same

social problems
as

Mexico
, and a general neglect by the larger culture,
including prosperous and successful second- and
third-generation Mexican Americans who would never live
there."

Well, so much for diversity, which
Mr. Hanson rightly sees as a dismal failure, a vision
rather different from the chirpy delusions of the

Open Borders
crowd that

poses
as conservative. 

But even Mr. Hanson doesn`t quite
grasp what`s happening.

In the first place, the problems
created by mass immigration in California and the rest
of the country are not mainly the result of illegal
immigration but of the legal variety.  The state`s

foreign-born population
is about 9 million, but only
some 2.3 million illegals (25 percent).  If we want to
curb the "diversity" Mr. Hanson is justly denouncing, we
mainly have to

cut legal immigration
—as well as enforce the laws
already on the books against the illegal kind.

Secondly, why is the "challenge"
to turn "illegal immigrants into Americans"?  

Why isn`t the challenge to

stop
illegals from coming at all and to

send back
those already here? 

One suspects Mr. Hanson is being
careful not to be too anti-immigration (in which case he

wouldn`t be
in National Review at all), so he
dwells on illegal immigrants and the problem of
assimilating them.

But he also betrays other
misconceptions about subjects he should have thought
through a little more carefully. In his new book, Mr.
Hanson writes that the problem "has nothing to do
with race,"
and he expands on that in his interview.

"Here
in the

Central Valley
we have literally thousands of new
immigrants of all races from southeast Asia, the Punjab,
Armenia, and Mexico who arrived under lawful auspices,
in numbers that do not overwhelm local facilities, and
with the assumption that assimilation and acculturation
alone promise success in their new country.

"A

multiracial society
works. But a

multicultural
one—whose separatist identity
transcends the enriching and diverse elements of food,
fashion, entertainment, music, etc.—whether in

Rwanda
or the

Balkans
—does not."

Well, now, in the first place
(again), the legal status of immigrants has nothing to
do with whether they assimilate or not.

In the second place, what Mr.
Hanson is trying to claim here is – well—nonsense.

The "society" he is
criticizing is a "multicultural" one precisely because
it is "multiracial."  Where else does he imagine the
"many cultures" the immigrants import come from?

The scientific jury may still be
out on

how much
race determines or causes culture, but
there`s no doubt that race carries culture—that you
learn cultural traits mainly from the same people your

ancestors
and parents married. When you have
millions (not thousands) of people of the same race
living together, the result is that they plant their
culture there. When you have several other races doing
the same thing, the result is the multicultural (and
simultaneously the multiracial) mess Mr. Hanson rightly
dislikes.

Much of what the professor has to
say is worth saying and reading, and it ought to jog a
few brain cells even in what passes for the

conservative mind
at National Review these
days.

But when Mr. Hanson [email
him
] roots out of his own mind a few more of
his unexamined preconceptions about

race, culture
and

immigration
, you probably won`t be reading about it
in National Review at all.

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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available
from


Americans For Immigration Control
.]