Here's a quote from the leader of a small Hispanic extremist group:
"Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future! You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die. . . . Through love of having children, we are going to take over."
With that quote in mind, read the L.A. Times (guest?) opinion piece "Pouty White People".
It discusses how "Anglos" were once optimistic about California's future, but they're now mostly pessimistic. The author supposes this might be because:
a majority of Anglos clearly believe that their best days in the state are behind them... The newcomers [new immigrants] have punctured the idea of California as a middle-class utopia... Whites don't easily identify with the aspirations of these emergent groups... the Anglo myth that dreams should be achieved without struggle is gone.
The piece ends with:
...Like individuals, bodies politic must have a modicum of faith in the future if they intend to plan constructively for one.
California's crumbling infrastructure can be rebuilt, and its broken education system can be repaired. But that's not going to happen until we re-create the social contract that built postwar California. That contract must be founded on a shared vision of the future. If Anglo California is not willing to provide one, then at the very least it should make way for those who do.
While there's certainly a story here, this piece's treatment of it is marred by its not-so-subtle racism and its similarity in spirit to the first quote.
Please send a polite letter to Readers.Rep@latimes.com
Immigration2004 · Mon, 09/27/2004 - 12:12 · Importance: 1