Santa Muerte is part Virgin Mary, part folk demon….Tens of thousands of Mexicans living in America venerate Santa Muerte and have no association with crime. Nor is the cult purely ethnic: in North California, the Santisima Muerte Chapel of Perpetual Pilgrimage is tended by a woman of Dutch-American descent. But the prevalence of Santa Muerte imagery among drug traffickers injects an interesting cultural dimension to the debate over illegal immigration. It accentuates American fears that the drug war in Mexico is turning into an invasion of the USA by antidemocratic fanatics.
This country, the land of the free and the home of the brave, was never intended by the Founders and those who served in the musket wars (from 1754 – 1865) to become the asylum, the end zone, for the world’s economic, political, and social problems.
This is the New World, distinct from the Old World, Europe, however, it’s past time for our cousins across the ocean and on other continents to establish their own lands of opportunity. China, with its single Party state, is a better place to live than North Africa. India, with its inherent governmental graft and corruption, is a better place to live than Pakistan.
Consider the Vietnamese. Despite unlimited firepower, air and naval superiority, the South Vietnamese failed to defend their country from the communist north’s aggression. Anecdotal experience, I am a non-combat Vietnam veteran, and direct evidence, indicate that they were unwilling to fight for freedom. Why are they here in the many millions?
In the 1950s, the United Nations fought a war for the South Koreans. How many Mexicans shouldered a musket at Bunker Hill or Shiloh?
Diversity is necessarily good in your diet and portfolio; not necessarily good in the ‘hood.
Minorities become a majority in Washington region
Washington is among eight big-city metropolitan regions in which minorities became a majority in the past decade, according to a new analysis of census data showing white population declines in many of the largest metro areas.
Along with Washington, the regions surrounding New York, San Diego, Las Vegas and Memphis have become majority-minority since 2000. Non-Hispanic whites are a minority in 22 of the country’s 100-biggest urban areas.
The black-white racial dynamics that have dominated much of the nation’s history have been scrambled by the explosive growth of Hispanics. In most southern states where the black-white legacy has deep roots, Hispanics have accounted for most of the population gains during the past decade.
“An entire Venezuela’s worth of Hispanics was added in just those two decades,” says Robert Lang an urban sociologist at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. That’s about 30 million, or half of the nation’s growth since 1990.
“Everything about America now has to do with diversity that we could hardly recognize in 1990,” says William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution. The change will be felt for years to come as whites and blacks age and young Hispanics dominate in more places.
July 29, 2011
Feds: Norman Park company favored foreign workers
ATLANTA — Federal authorities say a Georgia agricultural company was favoring foreign workers over American employees.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a June 20 filing that Hamilton Growers of Norman Park, Ga. was engaging “in a pattern or practice of regularly denying work hours and assigning less favorable assignments to U.S. workers” in favor of laborers from the government’s agricultural guest worker program, known as H-2A.
It also said there’s evidence the company engaged in a pattern of “discharging U.S. workers and replacing them with H-2A guestworkers.”
The complaint was filed on behalf of about 40 American employees who said they were assigned fewer hours and made less money than counterparts from outside the U.S. It said some were eventually fired because of their race.
The company countered in documents that the employees violated attendance rules, loitered and resisted work. It also said all employees are guaranteed the same wages, but some earn more because they work faster.
Hamilton Growers officials declined to comment when reached Friday.
Leah Lotto represented the workers in the legal dispute. She said the government’s findings “demonstrate the lengths to which growers will go to avoid hiring a U.S. work force in favor of more easily exploitable H-2A workers.”
The commission’s findings urged both sides to broker a settlement or face a court-ordered alternative.
Talking to Montiel there on 10th Place, amid the still-occupied relics of low-cost housing built in the first half of the last century, I arrived at the sad realization that L.A. is indeed becoming a Third World city.
But it’s not the presence of so many people from tropical climes that makes L.A. resemble the underdeveloped regions to the south. It’s our increasingly brazen contrasts between wealth and poverty.
In L.A., as in Caracas or Rio de Janeiro, the rich can enjoy views of the poor, puttering safely in the distance.
And we have our elected officials to thank for it.
By Daniel de Vise, Published: August 25
Hispanics surpassed blacks in 2010 to become the second-largest racial or ethnic group of young adults in America’s colleges, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data.
The number of Hispanic college students ages 18 to 24 rose by a remarkable 24 percent in one year, to 1.8 million, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center. The federal Current Population Survey found 7.7 million white college students in that age group, 1.7 million black students and 800,000 Asian Americans.
Black students still outnumber Hispanics in the overall college population, which includes older adults.
The population of young Hispanic college students more than doubled since 2000. And the reason is not just growth in the overall population of young Hispanics, which grew 38 percent in that time.
Hispanics are succeeding in U.S. schools at unprecedented levels. The share of young Hispanics completing high school hit 73 percent in 2010, up from 60 percent in 2000, according to Census Bureau data. The share of young Hispanics attending college reached 32 percent last year, up from 22 percent in 2000.
“This is a growing population, but it’s more than that,” said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at Pew. “This is a growing population that is increasingly finishing high school and increasingly going to college. . . . There’s a good message here.”
This milestone was foreshadowed by trends in public high schools, where Hispanics overtook blacks among graduates in 2008, Fry said.
Black students are succeeding in high school and college at higher rates, as well. But the overall black population is not rising at the same pace as the Hispanic population.
The population of non-Hispanic young adult white college students, in contrast, declined by 320,000 in 2010. The overall population of young non-Hispanic whites peaked in 2008 and is in modest retreat. Whites were more likely to attend college in 2010 than in 2000, but the gains have been comparatively small.
Hispanics are more likely than other groups to enroll at two-year community colleges. Young adult black students still outnumber Hispanics on four-year campuses, the report said.
When the white population falls below the 50% mark, the days of whites running interference for blacks will be over. And so will those special laws biased towards safeguarding perquisites for the ‘Disadvantaged,’ which can be mighty expensive to enforce.
Minority babies almost the majority
By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY
Gave our Country back a los indios