Here is a point of view as to how race is not the issue from voices of American citizens who would know better.
The left in this country, the "Open Borders" proponents, are really trying to use the issue of race to tear apart the last thread of fabric in our American culture that holds us together.
Our non-response on illegal immigration is resulting into more than what our liberal political leaders, Hispanic leadership and clergy want us to think it is --- It is not just race as a wedge issue ... it is evolving into a race against race as a wedge issue.
American sovereignity is the real issue and our government needs to step up and be counted as protecting the interests of ALL American citizens over the "so called" rights (claimed) of illegal immigrants.
Excerpts from The Washington Insider -
Blacks see threat from Hispanic illegal aliens
By Keyonna Summers - THE WASHINGTON TIMES - May 15, 2006
Blacks in the region are joining Minuteman militia groups opposed to illegal Hispanic aliens working in the United States, saying they take jobs from blacks and piggyback off the strides made during the civil rights movement.
Several blacks Friday attended a Minuteman rally in the District. And yesterday, Ted Hayes, a black Los Angeles-based homeless activist and founder of the Crispus Attucks Brigade, held a rally in Upper Senate Park denouncing attempts by immigrant rights groups to link their movement to that of black civil rights.
"Illegal immigration is the greatest threat to black people since slavery," Mr. Hayes said. "The civil rights movement was made by black citizens of this country, but [illegal aliens] are claiming civil rights as a key to cross the American border illegally."
He and several area blacks at the rallies said losing jobs is their biggest concern.
Mr. Hayes said illegal aliens are accepting "slave wages" after decades of blacks' not allowing employers to pay them less than minimum wage.
"If I'm going to be held to abiding by the law, they should be, too," she said. "I don't like my tax money going to people who are living here illegally."
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that about 80 percent of blacks have a favorable view of Hispanic immigrants' work ethic and family values. The survey also shows that 33 percent of blacks are less likely to suggest deportation of illegals aliens, compared with 59 percent of whites.
However, the survey indicates that about half of blacks in the region see immigrants as a burden because they take jobs and housing. More than 50 percent of blacks in the region and more than 75 percent nationwide say increased immigration has led to difficulties in finding a job, compared with 50 percent of whites nationwide and 20 percent in the region who say the same.
The survey stated 22 percent of blacks and 14 percent of whites said they or a relative had lost a job to an immigrant.
Brigade members have also branded supporters of the immigrant movement such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and black leaders the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as "sellouts" who are "leading blacks in a circle."
Mr. Hayes predicted their imminent overthrow.
"They do not own civil rights," he said. "They don't speak for us. They haven't talked to us, the black people, about their civil rights. These are not our leaders. We've had 40 years of Jesse Jackson, and enough is enough. This will be his undoing."
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Again, this tension really isn't about race, it is about citizenship.
Let me know when we all are going to wake up and protect ourselves from the gross degradation of our basic American rights, the rights that come with citizenship.