Alabama Republican congressman Mo Brooks generated outrage among the usual suspects this week by telling Laura Ingraham that the Obama Adminstration's push for amnesty for illegal immigrants is "a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else." Brooks went on to note that all demographic groups in America favor "enforcing and securing our borders." As a result, the Democrats "have to demagogue on this and try and turn it into a racial issue, which is an emotional issue, rather than a thoughtful issue."
Despite the outrage, Congressman Brooks' central point is incontestable. The Obama Administration and its allies in the media have focused on the race of the immigrants crossing our southern border illegally, and suggested that racism on the part of whites is the only possible motive for opposing mass illegal immigration. Indeed, they have boasted that the racial transformation being worked by mass immigration, both legal and illegal, will turn whites into a minority in America and bring the left to power, permanently. As Newsweek's cover proclaimed after Obama's reelection, "GOP: You're Old, You're White, You're History." Of course, no news magazine would ever run a cover taunting Democrats for being non-white. And one doubts that the Obama Administration would be quite so nonchalant about immigration law if hundreds of thousands of white South Africans had been the ones coming to America illegally.
Indeed, the racial transformation of America that so exictes many on rhe left is the result of government policy. The Immigration Act of 1965 made it easier for non-Europeans than Europeans to immigrate to America, and its effect has been amplified by the decision of several administrations to do little to stop mass illegal immigration from Mexico and now Central America. Government discrimination against whites is also enshrined in the form of affirmative action, which most Republicans are now too timid to mention and which the Obama Administration is committed to defending against all challenges. As Attorney General Eric Holder has stated, “Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices. The question is not when it ends, but when does it begin . . . When do people of color truly get the benefits to which they are entitled?”
So far, Congressman Brooks has refused to back down. If he sticks to his guns, maybe more ordinary Americans will begin to notice what he has.
Thomas Piatak is a contributing editor to Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He writes from Cleveland, Ohio.