FRED REED: The Immigrant Thing: Latinos (Mostly), the Racial Right, and Wokismo

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Young Mexican women are often horribly pretty and, when speaking unaccented American English, are exotic as potatoes. Same-same Asians. Love it or hate it, this battle is over. (Fred’s pretty doctor is pictured below, origin ‘east of the Suez’)

By Fred Reed

Startlingly, at least in today’s political climate, we will begin with the facts of immigration: America is eighteen percent Latino and climbing, six percent Asian and climbing. (Blacks, thirteen percent, cannot reasonably be called immigrants.) Given that over half of sub-eighteen children are not white, it is mathematically inevitable that before long most Americans will not be white. One may think this good or bad as one chooses. It will happen anyway.

Here we come to the fractured politics of the Great Squirrel Cage North of Mexico. On one hand we have vaguely defined groups who collectively might be called the Racial Right. They oppose immigration and immigrants, unless they are white, and say things like “Keep America American,” meaning what they regard as American. Their influence is limited because (a) immigrants, especially Latinos, have too many votes to be ignored and their numbers grow (b). America depends too heavily on its immigrants, Latinos in agriculture, construction, and service industries, East Asians and Indians in high-tech, and (c) the immigrants just aren’t behaving badly enough to engender a salubrious hostility. Not enough whites are upset enough to favor anything dramatic.

Yet coming from what passes for the Left in America is alarm over White Supremacists, White Nationalists, the Dissident Right and suchlike horrors, probably involving, oh God, Trump supporters and threatening racial Armageddon. Boredom can be intense in the bleak suburbs of Washington and one takes one’s excitement where one finds it. Actually the Racial Right is little more than a pastime without practical import. Immigrants are assimilating unnoticed and this will continue. No amount of fizzing by nativists will change this. Further, the mainline White Nationalists, as distinct from disturbed men playing with guns in the woods of Idaho, are not dangerous. For the most part they are not even bad people. This, I know, will disappoint the pseudo-Left. Well, you can’t have everything. That’s just how life is.

For what it’s worth, years ago In Washington, DC, I spoke to a convention of American Renaissance, a major White Nationalist group, who wanted to know about Mexico. Outside a clutch of yahoos and dingalings picketed against the fascist nightmare within. I entered with trepidation. As it turned out, the center of gravity of this unholy sabbath  were worried white dweebs in late middle age, concerned about the direction in which immigration was taking their country. Agree with them or not, Nazis they weren’t. They, I think, are the backbone of anti-immigrant forces, not the KKK.

The politics of tortillaphobia can be confusing. In those days one of the Racial Right’s objections to Latinos was that they were not assimilable. Now the objection is that they are. When you peeled back the stated aims, their desire was and is to maintain the genetic purity of the white race. In today’s Woke climate, this idea is shocking, appalling, unacceptable and so on and so forth, though of course most ethnic groups don’t like to see their women marrying out. Anyway, preventing intermarriage—nativists prefer the slightly obscene sounding “miscegenation”—is a lost cause. Young Mexican women are often horribly pretty and, when speaking unaccented American English, are exotic as potatoes. Same-same Asians. Love it or hate it, this battle is over.

It comes down to this:  If you want to promote the domestic tranquility, you favor assimilation. If you want to preserve the genetic purity of whites, you want the worst possible relations between whites and everybody else. No compromise is possible. It’s assimilation or purity, but not both. In fact, whether we want it or not, it is going to be assimilation.

In the political climate of today, nativism seems more a profound disgruntlement than anything practical. Its stated aims are either impossible or would be largely ineffective. For example, closing the border may be possible in a few years, or may not, but the sixty or seventy million Latinos north of the border are, well, north of the border. Can anyone within shouting distance of his right mind believe America is going to deport millions? And anyone who thinks America is going to break into three racially defined countries needs to stop smoking that Drano.

Curiously, assimilation will be as disastrous for the woke as for the racialists, though they may not be aware of it. The woke want to see themselves as champions of oppressed People of Color (POCs) and for this to work they need a constant supply of such. The problem is that these wretched people won’t stay oppressed. Most flavors of peoples of color have already turned traitor and become prosperous and even sometimes Republican. The Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Japanese and so on are not all programmers at Google or owners of start-ups in Silicon Valley, but close. They have jumped ship, so to speak, and are no longer fit object of the adolescent maternal instincts of the Woke. So the Woke never mention them. Successful immigrants are an embarrassment to them.

That leaves Latinos as the only suitable immigrant objects of Woke solidarity with the oppressed. Wokesters consequently grasp at Hispanics and lump them in with blacks, with whom Latinos have little in common, as maltreated POCs. By so doing, and carefully ignoring nonconforming people of color such as the Chinese, they can maintain their vision of wicked white colonialists and slave-owner wannabes brutalizing heartwarming nonwhites.

But now the damned Latinos are assimilating! Yes, leaving the plantation, the ungrateful wretches. And marrying Anglos and speaking native English and getting white-collar jobs and otherwise engaging in class treason. And if you ask a statistically valid number of them what is important, they will say things like jobs, the economy, medical care, schooling for the kids, conservative morality, and strong police forces. They don’t see any advantage in being oppressed. Thus assimilation and prosperity among Latinos threaten the pseudo-Left’s hold on its largest client group.

Problems of nomenclature can arise. I confess that I was at first puzzled when reading of BIPOCs. What were these, I wondered? If there were BIPOCs, were there monoPOCs? Would little short POCs be smallPOCS? Was there a vaccine? Should India’s population be measured in gigaPOCs? These were deep waters. (BIPOCs turned out to be black, indigenous people of color, I think.)

Much of Racial Right thought is backward-looking conservative romanticism doused liberally with sheer fantasy. They long for an all-white America that hasn’t existed since 1619, when their revered ancestors imported black slaves about whose progeny they now complain mightily. They say for example that America would be much happier if all white. This is true but irrelevant since it isn’t.  For the record, an all-white America would not have had slavery, perhaps the Civil War, Jim Crow, racism, burning cities, race riots, horrendous rates of crime otherwise unknown in the developed world, affirmative action, or Floyd. And if wishes were horses….

The Racial Right’s opposition is equally deep in fantasy. While the Woke offer themselves as being of the Left, they in fact are neither Leftist nor liberal, but practitioners of an intense class snobbery. The Left historically was the party of the working man. This was true of Marx. (“Workers of the world, unite.”) There was Saul Alinsky in the dismal stockyards of Chicago and authors like Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) and John Steinbeck (East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row supporting the white working class.) The pseudo-Left of today scorns working men, who they label Deplorables. They consist heavily of well-off, highly educated coastal elites who loathe working stiffs whom, they suspect, voted for Trump.  They love blacks with an almost humid intensity but wouldn’t go near South Chicago in an armored bathysphere and their kids go to pricey private schools. The traditional Left would detest them.

The racialists are hardly less hypocritical. They proclaim their love of America, yet loathe the thirteen percent who are black, eighteen percent Latino, six percent Asian, two percent Jewish, and the (wild guess) fifty percent who are Democrats. They sound suspicious of Catholics and of South and East Europeans, though this may be a holdover from the Nativist Revival of the Twenties. But they love America, or at least enough of it to fill a small gymnasium.

A belief crucial to the sense of wellbeing and contentment among the pseudo-Left is that America is sordidly and irrevocably racist. Is it? At least sixty million Latinos live in America, most of them citizens, with virtually no race riots or, in most places, much interest. Inattention is the highest form of acceptance. California has more Mexicans than whites, so would you not expect trouble there if there were going to be trouble? Nada. There is no Knockout Game among Latinos. They don’t push Asian women in front of subway trains. Nor are whites lynching browns, or doing much of anything about them.

Americans seem more opposed to immigration than to immigrants. They want to close the border but not to drag the third-grade children of illegal immigrants from school rooms and leave them on the sidewalks. Only far out on the Right Wing, where the feathers run out and giddy space begins, do we hear calls for massive deportation. Given the enormous scale of the influx, the paucity of animosity is remarkable.

The Racial Right suffers an ongoing erosion by events. When I left America for Mexico twenty years ago, there was across Wilson Boulevard in the Virginia suburbs of Washington a restaurant called the Asia Café. The waitresses were young Asian women, Malays, Viets, that sort of thing, and the manager was a Japanese woman. I asked one what she did during the day. Oh, she said, she was studying computer security at a local university. Another had a similar answer, which I have forgotten. Up the street was a Vietnamese restaurant that was engaging in the Asian practice of keeping labor costs down by employing the daughters as waitresses. After years of dining there it occurred to me to ask the same question. One replied that she was a wide-area network engineer. The other said that she had gotten a Master’s in biochemistry but you couldn’t make money that way so she was in dental school.

An internet friend once offered to arrange an appointment for me with a high-end ophthalmologist. This turned out to be Yassine Daoud, Lebanese and a star surgeon at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. A former street urchin in Beirut (really), he got to Hopkins by a combination of brains, luck, and Harvard med. On another occasion I had an appointment at EDOW, Eye Doctors of Washington. The doctor was Deepika Shah, by a brown cast and name or origins somewhere east of Suez. University of Virginia undergrad, Penn for med school, impressive resumé. Also pretty. (Look, I’m a guy. Deal with it.) Her insurance woman was named Martinez.

(Very Pretty Doctor)

On the same trip the assistant manager and a teller at my bank were Mexicans, perfect but slightly accented English. Later, in Austin, the recommended ophthalmologist was Annie Chan, Chinese, and her support staff were two Mexican women. Nobody seemed outraged by this. In practice Americans seem to accept anyone who speaks English, obeys the laws, behaves civilly, and has a job.

Here it is worth noting that the objections of the Racial Right to immigrants are rhetorical. Websites that verge on being official voices of White Nationalism, notably American Renaissance and Vdare, have not the slightest whiff of calls to violence. They are not Nazis, do not advocate actually doing anything, such as boycotting immigrant businesses. One reads in the media of racist attacks on Asians. These are committed by blacks, not White Supremacists or Latinos. Again, regarding immigrants, the Racial Right seems more in the nature of a hobby than an onrushing wave of, well, anything.

This information will arouse despondency in the woke for whom alarm at imagined brown-shirted hordes seems also to be a hobby. Nativists themselves may be mellowing a bit regarding immigrants. For long years, and still to some extent. The racialist, Republicans all, wrote that Latinos were criminal, carried thirteenth-century diseases, couldn’t read, didn’t speak English, were infested by lice and bedbugs, and were not assimilable. They then wondered why Latinos didn’t vote Republican. Today one hears less of it, vehemence being more directed at blacks and their crime.

The future? Sez I, the country will muddle along as it now muddles, boringly. Blacks are a different question, but, regarding immigrants, there just isn’t enough racism to satisfy either the Woke or the Racial Right.  You can’t have everything.

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20 thoughts on “FRED REED: The Immigrant Thing: Latinos (Mostly), the Racial Right, and Wokismo

  1. John

    I imagine that Mexican women have a distinct smell. I don’t know what it would be, but I’m confident that they would smell quite differently than European women when intimate with them. Bye.

  2. Ilana Mercer

    Interesting, John. Maybe just of some department store knock-off, made in China?

    My current favorite fragrances are ones I hunt for because vintage French: “Paris” by Yves Saint Laurent, “Anais Anais” by Cacharel. Oh, and I do like the distinctly American “Artisan Pure” by John Varvatos. A stretch, but I’ll take any opportunity to talk scent.

  3. Juvenal Early

    In general, I think what Fred sez in his always-entertaining prose is correct. Hispanics & Asians are assimilating. Asians always have. My only beef is that the Asians still seem to play by the woke rules. They were content to allow people to think that the current wave of anti-Asian violence was the work of the (chimerical) white supremacist. They still vote for the Democrats (FWIW). Although, now that their high-achieving sons & daughters are being kept out of elite schools because there’s too many Asians there already, there are signs that the Tiger Moms are coming around.

  4. Ashley H

    “In practice Americans seem to accept anyone who speaks English, obeys the laws, behaves civilly, and has a job.”
    That’s the G-spot in the article IMO. The whites who are nervous feel that their bedrock ‘America’ they grew up in is being deliberately destroyed and their status as ordinary Americans demonized. This latter perception is accurate and their resistance to being so treated is normal. Fact is that the vast majority of these same nervous whites do indeed have no problem with other races in their country if they speak and act like Americans and most non-white English-speaking job-holding Americans have no problems with white Americans in the same cultural milieus. They are all Americans.

    Actually, America has worked extremely well that way. Nearly all the tensions are being manufactured by manipulators for nefarious purposes that generally we can only speculate about but which all boil down to breaking down any positive sense of the American collective ‘we.’ It’s still there, but under heavy siege and running out of supplies day by day…

    I would recommend you do an article about the latter issue too. You write great stuff always and manage to cut deeply without losing your sense of humour, a rare gift, much appreciated.

    (expat in Veracruz)

  5. Bob

    I can’t smell so I can’t comment on their smell. But I DO know that ALL women taste wonderful.

  6. joe tentpeg

    “On one hand we have vaguely defined groups who collectively might be called the Racial Right. They oppose immigration and immigrants, unless they are white, and say things like “Keep America American,” meaning what they regard as American.”

    BS.

    Some very, very small group suffering from ‘Melanin percentage obsessive/compulsive disorder’ may believe that…most don’t.

    Most are concerned over slavery via taxes for ‘free benefits’ given by Uncle Sugar that our legal immigrant ancestors never received. Or ‘bilingual ballots’.

    “Immigrants are assimilating unnoticed and this will continue.”

    Some are…some aren’t.

    Green card friend’s been here since ’95 and still won’t learn english. Wants my Hispanic wife to fill out her Walmart job application. Can’t ‘grok’ why she won’t get hired ’till she learns english.

    Grand daughter’s boyfriend from Juarez cheers pickups in Las Cruces with Mexican Flag license plates…ignores the 4th.

    Bottom line: Majority of ‘White America’ just wants to feel ‘It’s OK to be White’…without being placed on the fbLie’s domestic terrorist list. Oh…and not get hit with a $50K emergency room bill while illegals get it free.

  7. David T Pike

    John, just how confident are you? Ilana, he was not referring to perfumes but the natural scent of a woman. My current wife is Thai but she does not smell different then my ex wife who was Mexican did. My current wife does not smell (I am surprised you did not say taste) like spicy coconut cream and my ex like cumin.

    I am confident that women from around the world would smell the same if their feminine hygiene regimen were exactly the same. It’s called Eau de Homo Sapien.

  8. DaveForTexas

    Dear Ilana,

    Yes…“In practice Americans seem to accept anyone who speaks English, obeys the laws, behaves civilly, and has a job.”

    In a seperate article, Fred Reed writes: “if every time I passed a Japanese on the street, he punched me in the face, I would quickly come to detest the Japanese. Would this be racism? If mobs of Japanese turned cities into abattoirs, looted stores, and beat people of other races unconscious, would disliking them be racism?”
    “Here we arrive at Fred’s First Law of Practical Sociology: It’s the behavior, stupid. The majority of Americans will accept members of races that are productive, Anglophone, agreeable, and not criminal.”
    https://barelyablog.com/fred-reed-life-in-the-short-run-desperation-examined/

    Thank you,

    Dave

  9. Jay Alexander

    As a member of the racial right, I think you’ve got it wrong, at least partially. Many of us know that there’s no turning back, politically speaking. There are many of us who hold no illusions in that regard. No president is going to come in and turn us into a 90% white country again. It’s just not going to happen. You’re right about all of that.

    However, my problem is with your personal solution to that. You’re a supposedly right-wing guy who shares at least some of the frustrations (it would appear) of the racial right. But you’re response to dealing with all of this is to essentially embrace the globalist vision in your personal life. “If you can’t beat them, join them” is your philosophy, at least from a biological perspective.

    You clearly have an intense attraction to non-white woman and you make a point to promote them at every turn. It almost borders on fetishism. So, what it comes down to, really, is that you’re not too concerned about the trajectory or wellbeing of white people and you are attracted primarily to non-white women. And that’s okay. But that’s YOUR way of dealing with all of this.

    But here’s what you’re missing: people like me. Firstly, I’m attracted to White Women and that’s all I’m interested in. I don’t care if there’s pretty latinas/Asians walking around. Doesn’t do anything for me. Secondly, I love European people and culture. I value their continued existence as a distinct biological group. I think that for them to go extinct due to low birth rates and intermixing would be a tragedy. So, I don’t care which direction the dominant culture goes in. I can’t control that but I can control what I do. Even if we shrank to 3% of the population, I would stand by my people in the face of all of it.

    They’ll never get rid of us entirely.

    Not everyone is going to dive into the interracial melting pot. There’s black who value being black, Asians who value being Asian, whites who value being white, etc. And they continue being that way long into the future. Don’t forget to factor us into the equation.

  10. Jack Bowers

    Dear Fred,
    Thanks as always for a thorough dissection of the US immigration problem. It is indeed complicated but heading in the direction you suggest – assimilation of all. If… America doesn’t implode first. The notes I made of this essay were “In practice, Americans seem to accept anyone who speaks English, obeys the laws, behaves civilly and has a job”. A shot solidly in the 10 ring. Those people always seem to fit in our society and are welcomed. “….vehemence being more directed at blacks and their crimes.” And Roger….”Blacks are a different question.” Two more shots solidly in the 10 ring.

    For years, I have held up Orientals, Jews, Hispanics, Indians and other immigrants as coming to America without bitching, complaining, whining or causing trouble – they work hard and study hard and show lazy US citizens in spades how to get ahead in “America”. Moreover, if more members of the Black community would take serious lessons from our hard working immigrants, they too would find their plight in America much more rewarding and readily accepted in society. The Black’s problem is relatively simple. It is not a need for more money, more programs or free stuff… it is one of no leadership. Barack Obama had an opportunity of a lifetime to lead the Black Community to great heights but failed miserably.

    The US was built on immigration but it cannot continue unabated as it is presently – it is criminal by the current U.S. Regime. It must be reasonably regulated and the border wall finished – too many bad guys from all over the world coming in and too much dope killing way to many American children.

    Roger… Ilana, Nicely done re: the perfume!

    –Jack B

  11. doug

    Mostly stereotypical group think bs
    BTW…young “horribly pretty” latino women blossom to become big butted harpies in need of some serious psych medications

  12. Jojo

    “In practice Americans seem to accept anyone who speaks English, obeys the laws, behaves civilly, and has a job.”

    What most dislike is POOR people who immigrate, don’t have education or the IQ to learn and won’t be able to get a job. The fear is that many will need regular social handouts to survive, which will come out of the pockets of taxpayers and a significant percentage will turn to crime to support themselves.

    This is the crux of immigration fear for most.

  13. Jojo

    “Given that over half of sub-eighteen children are not white, it is mathematically inevitable that before long most Americans will not be white.”

    Once we achieve one world government and county borders are eliminated, everyone will travel where they will, intermarry and eventually, reach a state of sameness in skin color.

  14. Ilana Mercer

    Also, I believe, a concern is the anti-white proclivity that comes with an influx of non-occidental immigrants. Immigrants once in the USA are acculturated to militant anti-whiteness.

  15. Albert de Villiers

    Jay Alexander you are a gentleman and a scholar. One should cherish your religion, culture, language and race. All these things form a civilization. As it happens ours is the Western civilization. It is what defines us. Good men care about their heritage and legacy. To want to conserve those things that make a group of people unique is a noble cause.

    Different people with different cultures in different parts of the world. Not a melted mess of mud in one place. That is the true love of diversity.
    So is it so wrong to want to marry a blonde/redheaded woman with green/blue eyes and have blonde\redheaded children with green/blue eyes, who share your religion and values and live in a place (country, region or community) where others like yourself do the same?

    Only weak men turn on their own. And that is currently the Western mans big problem. Weak men.

    By the way you open-minded, live and let live rubes do you really think that the USA with a 20%, 10% or 5% minority of whites (people from European decent) would be the same country with the same institutions, political and economic system and overall values as a 90% white USA? Once the US is majority brown it will be governed like all other majority brown countries in the world, good or bad, doesn’t matter, but it won’t be anything you are used to.

  16. Fred

    Re: JOJO 11.25.22 @ 8:16 PM

    You (and Fred Reed) transparently misrepresent the issue.

    Many immigrants arrive ILLEGALLY.
    Many immigrants become WELFARE recipients, generationally.
    Many immigrants are CRIMINALS, way out of proportion to their numbers.
    Many immigrants are HOSTILE to whites.
    Many immigrants are HOSTILE to the America System.

    Of course, our own government is hostile to the American, and welcomes the hostility and Cloward-Piven usefulness of these immigrantsimmigrants.

    Finally, plenty of White European women are beautiful – particularly in their youth. Flawed as things are these days, I’ll stick with the gene pool that built western civ…

  17. Jay Alexander

    @ Albert de Villiers

    Thank you for the kind words, my friend. Everything you said was on point!

    And yes, weak white men are indeed our greatest enemy. Liberal whites in general are the reason why we’re in this situation to begin with.

    But if there’s any bright spot here, any upside whatsoever, it’s that the weak whites will be culled in the coming decades and centuries. They will essentially become black and brown biologically speaking through intermixing and will cease to exist as a distinct people. The Europeans who survive will be those who stand by their people and consciously choose to procreate with other Europeans.

    Political systems and geopolitical power dynamics come and go but species and subspecies can exist for thousands or millions or hundreds of millions of years if they possess the will to survive.

    If there’s one thing we can learn from the Jews, it’s how to stay alive and survive as a distinct people even when we are the minority and even with the chips are down.

  18. JungianINTP

    “Masculine republics give way
    to feminine democracies, and
    feminine democracies give way
    to tyranny.” -Aristotle

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    Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
    Commenting on the passage of his
    (( his Commie Handlers’ )) Immigration
    Act of 1965–His (broken) P R O M I S E :

    “Out of deference to the critics, I want to comment on … what the bill
    will not do. First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants
    annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration
    remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country
    will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, S.500 will
    not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or
    the most populated and economically deprived nations of Africa and Asia.
    In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed
    measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.
    Thirdly, the bill will not permit the entry of subversive persons, criminals,
    illiterates, or those with contagious disease or serious mental illness. As I
    noted a moment ago, no immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is
    likely to become a public charge … the charges I have mentioned are
    highly emotional, irrational, and with little foundation in fact. They are out
    of line with the obligations of responsible citizenship. They breed hate of
    our heritage.” (Senate Part 1, Book 1, pp. 1-3)

    -Rick

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    And this, from historian Will Durant:

    “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her falling trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars. The political causes of decay were rooted in one fact – that increasing despotism destroyed the citizen’s civic sense, and dried up statesmanship at its source.” – The Story of Civilization (Vol.111).

    -Rick

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