The Fulford File, By James Fulford
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A Tale of Two Southern Cities; etc

Myrtle Beach City Council is planning to adopt an ordinance refusing to give city licensing to anyone who can't "show proof of eligibility to do commerce and work in the United States." ["Myrtle Beach licensing targets illegal aliens Coastal cousins' councils take different tacks on business regulation issue," By Frank Morris Carolina Morning News, May 10, 2004]

The reason? Local residents have complained about competition in the business and labor markets from illegals.

These are the people on the front line who can't get any relief from the federal government. They're using this stratagem to protect their jobs and businesses.

200 hundred miles down the coast, Hilton Head has rejected a similar proposal.

"[Hilton Head Island Mayor Tom] Peeples, who as mayor sets the Hilton Head council agenda, recently came out against a similar licensing request by Citizens for a Better Community and said that is the council consensus. He said illegal immigration is a national problem beyond even the federal government's control, so 'why does anyone think the local government can control this issue?'"

Why? One possible reason: Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride is thinking of running for the Senate, and using the issue of immigration reform as a springboard.

Hilton Head's Mayor Peeples, on the other hand, owns a construction company.

That means that as a person who is in business that uses a lot of illegal alien labor, he has a direct interest in non-enforcement.

Immigration reformers take note!

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Invisible Majority

The passing of California's Proposition 209, banning racial preferences, meant that fewer black students were admitted to elite colleges in California. Pre-209, black students were admitted whether they were qualified or not. Post-209, only qualified black students could be admitted.

One such student, Renita Chaney, is feeling lonely at UC-Berkeley. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, she wants more students who look like her in the classroom with her. She calls this… "diversity."

"'Where is the diversity promised to my community by UC Berkeley when we decided to come here?' she demanded at an April 22 rally in front of the chancellor's office after the latest fall admission figures were released."  [Black students at Cal irked by lack of diversity | Underrepresented minorities steadily declining on campus, Charles Burress, San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2004]

Another student, La'Cole Martin, said

"I don't want to say 'segregated,' but it's kind of discouraging when you don't see a lot of faces in the classroom that look like you."

I sympathize, really I do. You see, according to the same news story, only 31 percent of undergraduate at UC-Berkeley were white at the beginning of this school year.  

How do you suppose they feel?

But of course, that kind of diversity doesn't count with activists. Asian-American college students, for example, are not an underrepresented minority: they can pass the tests.

In the meantime, whites, at 31 percent, should be considered an underrepresented majority at UC-Berkeley. They make up almost 50 percent of California's population, and 79.6 percent of the United States population.

[Update: James Fulford writes: A reader pointed out that the correct figure for the white population of the US in 2004is nearer to 70%; the link above refers to 1980 figures. In 1965 the US was 90% white, in 1980 80% white, and now only 70%. In the next 50 years, there may be no racial majority in the United States. Discussing this is considered uncouth.]

The Justice Department will be launching an investigation Real Soon.

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