The Knives Are Out For Harvard Immigration Critic
The Bell Curve
analogy is apt because it too dealt with unmentionable
subjects—race and intelligence. Mr. Huntington doesn`t
invoke genetic arguments, but the same accusations of
smeared the authors of the earlier book are being
warmed up for him.
The most recent
attacks popped out of the ovens this week in the Los
Angeles Times, long a liberal-to-left wing voice for
Open Borders. Mexican novelist
Carlos Fuentes was the first, with an op-ed accusing
Mr. Huntington of fomenting "hate and suspicion"
of Latin American immigrants. [Wrongheaded
Assault on a `Brown Peril`, By Carlos Fuentes, March 14, 2004]
Mr. Fuentes trembles, is
"drawing on a deep strain in U.S.
history: the need to have an enemy; the Manichean
division of the world into `good guys` and `bad guys.`
John Quincy Adams denounced this kind of thinking:
Go not abroad `in search of monsters to destroy.`"
explain to Señor Fuentes that Adams was talking about
The people in
this case who are going abroad are the immigrants who
have left their own countries for ours and whose entry
Mr. Huntington wants to limit.
the U.S., according to Huntington, do not live, they
invade; they do not work, they exploit; and they do not
create wealth, they perpetuate poverty,"
spouts Mr. Fuentes.
The rest of his
article is all about how these claims are wrong. Not
once does he actually quote anything Mr. Huntington has
written, and much of his "refutation" is no more
than the usual clichés about the
"traditional values" and all the
new businesses immigrants create.
group will be Capt. Ahab Huntington`s next
Moby Dick?" Mr.
Fuentes demands in his nasty parting shot.
The brunt of the
second article, by
University of Illinois linguist Dennis Baron [email
him], devoted to
the demolition of Mr. Huntington is that the rapid
growth of Spanish in the United States is really a good
thing. It starts off with the sentiment that
"Linguistic nativism—the kind that says `speak
English or go back where you came from`—is a
American tradition. The reality is, no matter how
hard minority-language speakers work to preserve their
speech, they inexorably shift to English." [
No Translation Needed: `Door Is Closed`,
March 14, 2004, By Dennis Baron]
Of course, Mr.
Huntington`s point is that that shift may not happen in
the future as millions of Spanish speakers for the first
time deposit themselves on American soil and retain
their own language.
true, as Mr. Baron notes, that the 2000 Census reported
"92 percent of all Americans over age 5 have no
difficulty speaking English," but that implies there
are some 8 percent—some
23 million people—who don`t. Since there were about
32 million foreign-born persons in the country in 2002,
that means the majority of them—nearly
three-fourths—have difficulty speaking English.
That`s far more
than enough to create the kind of linguistic fracturing
subnational enclaves Mr. Huntington is worried
about. "For the new
nativists," Mr. Baron sneers, "who like to
call Miami a foreign country, Spanish is the enemy."
Miami a "foreign country" because, unlike Mr.
Baron, they know
Spanish is a foreign language. In our country we
forthcoming book, but the
sneers, straw men and outright insults with which they
try to smother his arguments before they`ve even hatched
are typical of what`s coming.
interesting about the attacks is not only that they
precede the appearance of the actual book but seek more
to discredit Mr. Huntington himself—as a nut, a "nativist,"
a fount of "hate and suspicion"—by
That tactic was
also typical of the
attack on The Bell Curve, and whenever
it`s deployed, it offers a clue to what`s going on.
The tactics of
smear almost always tell us that the smear`s target has
offered facts and arguments that can`t be
answered on their merits—and the only way to answer
them at all is to attack the person who brings them up
in the first place.
may not be right about everything he says in either his
article or his book, but to judge from the level of the
discussion of it so far, he`s coming much closer to the
truth than his enemies can tolerate.
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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.
for Sam Francis` website. Click
here to order his monograph,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
Glynn Custred`s review.]