Importing Anti-Semitism? “La Raza and Jews on Collision Course in Alta California”


Recently
a Mexican-American fringe publication called "La
Voz de Aztlan
"
published an editorial entitled "La
Raza and Jews on Collision Course in
Alta California
,"
which any Jewish-American concerned about the
maintenance of Jewish influence would be well advised to
ponder.

It`s
a fascinating document, but before I quote from it, I`d
like to offer some background. I think the Aztlan
movement, which calls for the secession of the American
Southwest, has no more likelihood of success within the
next couple of decades than the neo-Confederate
secession movement. Honest treason is much less
profitable than dual loyalty. What Mexican
President Vicente Fox
and his Foreign
Minister Jorge G. Castañeda
want is for people of
Mexican descent living in the U.S. to reap the benefits
of dual citizenship. They want them to be able to vote
for Mexican interests in American elections and for
Fox`s coalition in Mexican elections.

Fox
has quickly discovered that he is more likely to win
large concessions from the American establishment than
from the entrenched Mexican establishment. For example,
on March 21st Fox spoke in front of the California
legislature and asked
that California give bigger state college tuition
subsidies to illegal immigrants than to American
citizens from other states
.

At
home, however, Fox is finding it much tougher. He knows
that his education and health programs are starved for
funds because Mexico`s rich cheat like mad on their
income taxes. Yet the chance of getting them to stop is
slim. Fox has instead recommended raising the regressive
sales tax.

In
contrast, the editorialist for La
Voz
, having forsworn the devious machinations of
Mexican-American politics in favor of simple extremism,
enjoys the freedom to express the harsh logic of future
American ethnic relations:

The
Jews of California, about 3% of the state`s population
[this figure seems a little low], have an overwhelming
and disproportionate share of the state`s wealth, which
they utilize effectively to wield immense influence on
the state`s political apparatus principally through
dominance of the Democratic Party. … Since they
comprise a very small percent of the overall population,
they are forced to utilize strategies outside of having
the most numbers to maintain control. A principal
strategy is to utilize their vast supply of funds to
manipulate the political system as they are presently
doing in the race for mayor of Los Angeles…

This largely parallels, in an uncharitable way, a March 25th essay in
the L.A. Times
entitled "Two Powers Passing in the Night" (click
here

– it may require registration to read) by respected
ethnic analyst Joel Kotkin, author of Tribes : How Race, Religion,
and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy
.
  Kotkin`s article was also an exploration of the
growing conflict in L.A. between the long-dominant Jews
and the up-and-coming Latinos. In describing what he
calls Jewish "economic hegemony" over L.A.,
Kotkin wrote:

Jews
reign over many of the most dynamic parts of the city`s
economy, from Hollywood to real estate, from cyberspace
to the garment business. They are well represented at
both the elite and grass-roots levels of L.A. business.
… Nearly half the Los
Angeles Business Journal`s
list of richest Angelenos
are Jews.

A Jewish-black coalition elected black Democrat Tom Bradley to five
consecutive terms as mayor from 1973 through 1989. But
blacks are in relative decline in L.A., being swept
aside by Mexican immigrants. Kotkin noted:

Unlike
Jews and Gentiles, or African Americans, Jews and
Latinos share little history or mythology. For the most
part, their contacts have been opportunistic. Jews have
employed Latinos in garment factories, as maids and
gardeners and serviced them as customers in a host of
enterprises from Whittier Boulevard to Santee Alley and
Pico-Union. … But these two communities still live
largely in separate worlds. Jewish-Latino relations are
characterized not so much by an ethnic
"schism" as by something between indifference
and incomprehension. … Prospects of creating anything
like the black-Jewish alliance of the Tom Bradley years
seem dim.

The
La Voz editorialist echoes Kotkin`s theme and expands upon it:

Our
increasing population and voting strength will, in the
near future, collide with the interests of the Jews in
Alta California, and for that matter, in the other
regions of Aztlan. Our increasing ties with our brothers
and sisters in Mexico will also present a challenge for
the American Jewish community. The Mexican Dual
Nationality Program means that we now have the same
status with Mexico that American Jews have with Israel.
We are now in the position to question the over eight
billion dollars [this figure is high] of our tax money
that are sent to Israel each year, much of it which is
used for military weaponry to strike out against the
Palestinians, and soon we will be in the position to
remind the American Jews of their shoddy treatment of
Mexico when the nation`s U.N. Ambassador voted to equate
Zionism with Racism.

In
assessing this, we should keep in mind that lots of
immigrant groups hold much stronger views about Jews
than do Mexicans. For example, America`s rapidly growing
Muslim population. Muslim leaders contend that there are
now about as many Muslims as Jews in the U.S. If they
are exaggerating, it won`t be for much longer. 
By contrast, the American Jewish Council
demographers expect the U.S. Jewish community to shrink
substantially in absolute numbers in the 21st century.
So within a generation there will be many times more
Muslims than Jews in America. The long-run prospects for
Jewish political interests, such as support for Israel,
are correspondingly dim.

Jews
have long tended to back heavy immigration for a variety
of reasons, some sentimental, some practical. One reason
has been to help break Protestant monopolization of the
best jobs in America. While successful, this has
obviously reached the point of diminishing returns.
There isn`t much Protestant hegemony left.

Immigrants
arriving in Southern California don`t see WASPs running
the place. They see Jews as having a huge proportion of
the really sexy jobs. The guy who has got the best job
in Southern California isn`t some WASP head of a big
industrial corporation (there aren`t many Fortune 500
corporations in LA). No, it`s Steven Spielberg.

Now,
Mr. Spielberg is a phenomenally competent man (for
example, he earned 48 merit badges as a Boy Scout – you
only need 21 to make Eagle Scout). He has very much
earned his eminence. Still, to anybody who has recently
shown up, he`s obviously at the top of the heap. To
immigrants, the notion that they should subsidize Israel
through their taxes, rather than Spielberg and his
zillionaire friends doing so through their voluntary
donations, is puzzling to say the least.

European
opinion has swung strongly in favor of the Palestinians
since last fall. The U.S. is the last devoted friend
that Israel has left. Jews who want to keep America on
Israel`s side need to reassess their traditional
enthusiasm for immigration.

During
the Crack Epidemic years, Jewish voters in big cities
helped to bring crime under control by throwing out
black mayors and replacing them with white Republicans,
like Rudy Giuliani in New York and Richard Riordan in
LA, or white conservative machine Democrats, like
Richard M. Daley in Chicago. This has worked well.

The
next big question: can Jews bring themselves to vote at
the federal level for candidates willing to cut back on
immigration? That`s a much a bigger psychological hurdle
than voting for Giuliani or Riordan. You can`t tell
yourself you aren`t selling out your Jewish liberal
roots because you still vote for immigration federally.

Jews,
however, will eventually realize that by voting for
immigration, they are selling out Israel.


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


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
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April 09,
2001