Now I’m not – repeat – not saying that all young black people should stick with the Democratic party. In fact, I believe it’s extremely healthy to question anything one buys into. Rebellion is healthy too. But as black people, we can’t afford to eschew our history when rebelling. I mean, what good does it do for a budding black businessperson to embrace the Republican party because he or she sees it as the party of entrepreneurs, only to be denied a loan to start a business because that same party has weakened anti-discrimination laws?
So to the Hunters and other young, GOP-leaning black people, here’s what I say: Rebel if you must. But there are better ways to do it. Rebel by being an independent. Or better yet, rebel by starting another political party altogether. Don’t rebel by joining a party that has built its modern base by exploiting white hostility to the societal changes that made your progress possible.
In other words, don’t trade one plantation for another. Especially when the accommodations at the new one are bound to be worse.
Although an overwhelming majority of Hispanics expresses positive attitudes toward immigrants, relatively few Hispanics favor increasing the flow of legal immigration from Latin America and a significant minority, concentrated among native-born Latinos, is concerned that unauthorized migrants are hurting the economy. One hotly-debated means to discourage unauthorized migration—laws that deny drivers’ licenses to people who are in the country illegally—draws support from a majority of the native born, according to a survey of the Latino population in the United States conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center (PHC).
Meanwhile, separate PHC surveys conducted in Mexico show that about four of every ten adults (emphasis added) in the Mexican population say they would migrate to the United States if they had the means and opportunity and that two of every ten are inclined to live and work here without legal authorization. The willingness to migrate, even illegally, is evident in all sectors of Mexican society including the middle class and the well-educated as well as those who are poor and who only completed low-levels of schooling.
I was channel-surfing in my room at the historic Governor Hotel and came across Lars Larson, a talk show host who's "doing it right for Oregon and Washington." Way right. Larson's rants make the odious Rush Limbaugh sound like a voice of reason.