Mass Immigration Eats Through The Melting Pot
With mass immigration shredding
what Harvard scholar
Samuel Huntington calls the
"Anglo Protestant core" of American
Open Borders lobby remains delighted with the
benefits the shredding brings.
Last week, just as news of
Professor Huntington`s magisterial article was about to
break, historian Stanley Karnow warbled excitedly about
the shredding in the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Karnow lives in a posh
Washington suburb at which those who worry that
"immigration threatens to blemish the nation`s `purity`"
are invited to look. It used to be what he calls a
"dreary lily-white stretch of farms, stables and split
level houses." Now, it`s a "multicultural,
multicolored, multilingual enclave" that is
dreary—and white—no more.
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"My neighbors," he beams,
"include a German architect and his
Iranian wife, a
Palestinian contractor, a Korean scientist and a car
salesman from Madagascar. An
Indian physician converted her home into a miniature
Taj Mahal, replete with bronze elephants on the lawn."
Racially diverse it may be, though
quite as diverse as Mr. Karnow would have us believe
or as he seems to believe himself. My bet is that the
backbone of the burb remains just as lily-hued as when
he moved in.
But what Mr. Karnow likes about it
is precisely the fabled
"diversity" that mass immigration breeds—"The
community center offers classes in tai chi chuan, karate
and yoga. Books, periodicals and videos, tapes and DVDs
in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Russian,
Tagalog and Vietnamese are available at the public
library. At the elementary school, a teacher from
Beijing is `immersing` kindergartners in the
rudiments of Mandarin."
What he salutes as "diversity"
is in fact little more than cultural incoherence—the
disappearance of that "core" Professor Huntington
talks about from which a common civilization is able to
The old idea of immigration was
that immigrants would "melt" into a new but
common pot, and as Mr. Karnow writes—quite correctly—the
metaphor no longer applies.
`melting pot` concept," he writes, "glorified
as the paradigm, turned out to be an illusion, primarily
because people sought to preserve their distinct
identities. We are closer to the notion of `cultural
pluralism` broached in 1925 by the Jewish philosopher
Horace Kallen. Dismayed by the thought of dissolving
his pedigree in an
Anglocentric caldron, he suggested a `loose
federation of nationalities … cooperating voluntarily
through a multiplicity of autonomous institutions.`
Die-hard conformists vehemently decried his proposal as
a gambit for championing
`hyphenated` Americanism. But he was remarkably
Well, Kallen was "remarkably
prescient" in part because the mass immigration that
began arriving forty years later, after the 1965
Immigration Act, did indeed decline to melt.
Instead, it ate through the
pot itself, which is what Mr. Karnow is so happy
knows better and likes it that way.
It`s also interesting he
acknowledges the Jewish connection, since it`s becoming
increasingly obvious. Mr. Karnow, as he makes sure to
tell us at the end of his column, is Jewish himself, and
so, he also made sure to tell us, was Kallen. And one
reason they like immigration so much is precisely
because of what it does to the "Anglo Protestant
core" of American civilization.
A couple of years ago, the
Forward, the principal Jewish newspaper in the
country, reported a
remark made by Leonard Glickman, president and CEO
of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in explaining why
his organization was promoting the resettlement of
Somali refugees in the United States: "The more
diverse American society is the safer [Jews]
are." Mr. Glickman is not alone.
Unlike most conservatives, almost
all of them rushed to endorse President Bush`s amnesty
proposals as soon as he announced them, and some like
Mr. Brooks have rushed to denounce the Huntington
Jewish Americans played a crucial
pushing for mass immigration throughout the last
century, and there`s no more reason that should be a
secret than there is that Roman Catholics have pushed
hard for banning abortion.
Unfortunately, there is a secret
about it—because people who mention it tend to get
smashed as "anti-Semites."
But these days real anti-Semitism
doesn`t come from those who talk about the Jewish
role in promoting
liberal immigration policies. It comes from
Arabs and other
Third World immigrants whom those very policies have
When they start bringing it to Mr.
Karnow`s "multicultural, multicolored, multilingual"
neighborhood, we`ll see if he still prefers those who
have made it that way to the dreary lily-white people
who used to live there.
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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.
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Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
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