In a recent blog, I suggested D. A. King refrain from using a slur to describe undocumented workers, politely explaining that many Latinos and Hispanics who legally reside and vote in the U.S.regard this characterization as highly offensive. As a seasoned public relations counselor, I also recommended Mr. King elevate his arguments and steer clear of attacking individuals and groups with which he disagrees. I pointed out to Mr. King that such an approach would make his arguments more appealing to those of us who are otherwise open to hearing him out.
I had in mind the Founding Fathers who came from various walks of life with many conflicting points of view. Some opposed slavery while others embraced it, for example. But they all understood that the 13 states would not become united unless they disagreed agreeably, as Thomas Jefferson might have said.
What a waste of pixels. Mr. King isn't interested in reason or being agreeable. To him, suggestions like mine are "mindless," the product of "leftist teach-ins" I have never attended and La Raza writings I have never read.
Evidently Mr. King is more comfortable down there on the low road with his VDARE colleagues. He responded to my well-mannered suggestions with a smug, condescending justification of his brand of racial prejudice. Yes, Mr. King, it's racial. You can stop pretending now. Along with Jan Brewer and Joe Arpaio, you've simply found a way to camouflage your bias against Latinos and Hispanics by wrapping yourself in the American flag and crying "our laws are being broken!". And like a lot of demagogues you're even somewhat famous hereabouts, where it's not terribly difficult to find other bigoted bullies who'll line up with you.
Haven't we seen this movie before? It used to be "uppity Negros" who "didn't know their place" in the old Jim Crow era; burning Freedom Rider buses, poll taxes, and Bull Connor's attack dogs. Now it's undocumented workers, most of whom find themselves employed and often exploited by American business owners, doing the dirty jobs none of us want to do: Cleaning toilets, washing dishes, gutting chickens, digging holes. And D.A. King adds to their misery.
Are they here illegally? Of course. Is there a more humane and workable solution to enforcing our immigration laws than rounding up all 11 or 12 million undocumented workers and deporting them? Most likely. But it will require reason and agreeable dialogue to find the answer.