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Costs of Multiculturalism
Cartoonist Sean Delonas is on form today in America’s Newspaper of Record.
Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner:
March 28, 2013 | 8:00 pm
Given the enormity of the changes that would result from comprehensive immigration reform, Senate Democrats wouldn't try to rush a bill through the Judiciary Committee before the public gets a chance to know what's in it -- would they?
Here are a couple of updates on the campaign against hiring by merit into the Fire Department of New York. Both are taken from yesterday's New York Post.
(1) A "filler" news item headlined FDNY BOSS WARNS RANK-AND-FILE NOT TO "RETALIATE" AGAINST COURT-ORDERED MINORITY HIRES:
FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano is bracing for trouble in the ranks.
Mickey Kaus is annoyed to find that the Government of California asks for his race on the online forms to register to vote. [State Your Race, Daily Caller, January 11, 2013] It doesn't have to—California is not subject to the federal Voting Rights Act restrictions that Southern states still labor under.
An Upper West Side mother of three recently returned home to find her six year old daughter and two year old son lying in the bathtub, soaking in their own blood. The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, had fatally stabbed the children multiple times. [Kelly: Nanny stabbed herself as children's mom walked in By Anthony M. Destefano And Igor Kossov, Newsday, October 26, 2012 ]
Once upon a time John Morton, head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stated that ICE's priorities were terrorists, criminal aliens, recently entered illegal aliens, and absconders.
However, in fact, the investigative arm of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has decided that immigration and customs law enforcement is beneath it.
In March, the National Geographic magazine published an article and photo spread about the French port of Marseille, full of upbeat chatter about multiple cultures living happily together in the city.
Voula Papachristou, the comely Greek triple jumper you've never heard of, has found out just what it's like to be convicted on a ill-defined charge. After the long-limbed lady tweeted a "racist" joke about African immigrants to her native land, the Helenic Olympic Committee booted her off the team.
What was the joke? "With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!" she tweeted. Athletic officialdom was not amused.
What was racist about the comment, given that Papachristou, apparently a strong Greek patriot, did not express any negative opinions about Africans, is a mystery ... at least to normal people. She did not traffic in what the left believes are standard racist tropes. She did not say that Africans are more violent or disposed to crime than Greeks. Nor did she claim they are less intelligent than the descedents of Homer, Plato and Aristotle. She told an off-color joke, as it were.
She is also guilty of supporting the Golden Dawn party, which, while admittedly sounding a little extreme, opposes immigration; in other words, they would keep Greece for the Greeks. Perhaps that, as Patrick Cleburne wrote, is the real crime.
That said, the pronouncement of guilt and Papachristou's sentence for "racism" call to mind the late Joe Sobran's assessment of "anti-Semitism."
In 1995, Sobran expostulated thusly:
It’s pointless to ask what “anti-Semitic” means. It means trouble. It’s an attack signal. The practical function of the word is not to define or distinguish things, but to conflate them indiscriminately — to equate the soberest criticism of Israel or Jewish power with the murderous hatred of Jews. And it works. Oh, how it works.
When Joe McCarthy accused people of being Communists, the charge was relatively precise. You knew what he meant. The accusation could be falsified. In fact the burden of proof was on the accuser: when McCarthy couldn’t make his loose charges stick, he was ruined. (Of course, McCarthy was hated less for his “loose” charges than for his accurate ones. His real offense was stigmatizing the Left.)
The opposite applies to charges of “anti-Semitism.” The word has no precise definition. An “anti-Semite” may or may not hate Jews. But he is certainly hated by Jews. There is no penalty for making the charge loosely; the accused has no way of falsifying the charge, since it isn’t defined.
You can file this under the category "Why Do We Allow This?". A proposal for English-only City Council meetings in a California town is controversial. From Proposal for "English Only" Council Meetings Leads to Civil Rights Questions [Caroline Tan, 4 NBC, July 18th, 2012]: