During Lou Dobbs' Jan. 30 broadcast
, the Rev. Jesse Jackson was harping about the influx of illegal foreign workers into the Gulf Region that was preventing many local poor residents from participating in the clean-up efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
"Well, number one, these workers are not just coming across the border, they're being sent for, brought in and hired. (Gasp!)They've been trafficked in often working on the very exposing condition without of course any health insurance."
(Is he serious?)
Earth to Jesse (and those just out of touch in general):
This sort of thing has been going on for years, nay, decades, and you and others who have been passing themselves off as "black leaders"
know damn well it has. But you've been busy with more lucrative, uh, I mean, critical issues, e.g., boycotting large corporations
that you say have been sticking it to black Americans since the beginning of time. Or defending the "rights"
of a few high school punks
who were expelled after starting a fight at a football game.
Far more important, eh, Jesse than, say, attacking an immigration policy that has made the people you say you care so much about the nation's second largest minority
and is slowly unraveling all the political and economic gains made since the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
Then last spring, in what can only be termed one of the best CYA
maneuvers on public record, you said you were creating a black-Hispanic coalition
because both minority groups share a history of discrimination.
That's right, Jesse. Things are going to be so much better now that you've climbed into bed with the very people whose presence, much of it illegal, has created so much economic pain for American blacks.
One more question, reverend, if I may: Do you have mirrors in your home?
P.S. Good luck with your "massive demonstration on April 1st demanding that these citizens, white, black and brown, whether Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, have the right to return with preferences on jobs and contracts."
Let me know how many of your new-found Hispanic allies you stood shoulder to shoulder
with that day in Little Rock, Ark., show up.