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
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
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.
result is that we are seeing in the area the emergence
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
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"?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Americans For Immigration Control.]