The Fulford File, By James Fulford
May 12, 2004, 05:00 AM
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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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