Adventures in the Passive Voice in Immigration Reporting


From that interminable New York Times series by Damien Cave and Todd Heisler on the new vibrancy brought about by race-replacement in the American Heartland, we’ve reached Day 28:

Immigrants Drawn to Meatpacking

In rural Iowa, population declines have been largely countered by the arrival of immigrants, many of them there to work at large meatpacking giants like Tyson Foods. As wages were slashed and the jobs became less desirable, meatpacking plants became more dependent on immigrant and refugee workers.

Thank God all these people from Burma happened to show up in the the middle of nowhere to do these jobs after wages were slashed and the work made more dangerous. It’s a stroke of luck that we aren’t all starving after the Burmese arrived to save us by doing the work that Americans just wouldn’t do now that wages were slashed and accidental amputations were up. (Only weird, creepy guys like Professor Brat wonder if there is some sort of causal connection.)

Back in 2000, the Times won a Pulitzer for another endless series, this one about “How Race Is Lived in America,” this one about black-white relations. The only interesting segment was about how Hispanic immigrants were shoving blacks out of what had once been good-paying slaughterhouse jobs:

June 16, 2000

At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die

Who Kills, Who Cuts, Who Bosses Can Depend on Race

By CHARLIE LeDUFF