Many of the statistics and news accounts included in this blog on the blessings of diversity are taken from the book White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Centuryby Jared Taylor, published in 2011.
"We have a serious interracial violence problem in this county involving blacks and Latinos. Some people deny it. They say that race is not a factor in L.A.'s gang crisis....but they're wrong. The truth is that, in many cases, race is at the heart of the problem. Latino gang members shoot blacks not because they're members of a rival gang but because of their skin color. Likewise, black gang members shoot Latinos because they're brown...
I would even take this a step further and suggest that some of L.A.'s so-called gangs are really no more than loose-knit bands of blacks or Latinos roaming the streets looking for people of the other color to shoot."
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca
L.A. Times article, "In L.A., Race Kills"
From January 2004 through June 2005, 44 blacks and Latinos were killed and 200 wounded in shootings in an area of L.A. of just three and a half square miles. Police said only about half the victims were gang members (L.A. Times, Dec 17, 2005).
In 1992 during the riots that followed the Rodney King police brutality verdicts, blacks targeted Korean-owned stores for arson. Black animosity towards Korean owned grocery stores and other small shops in black neighborhoods led to the creation of a Los Angeles Black-Korean Alliance in 1986 to try to reduce tensions. The Alliance collapsed after the riots (N.Y. Times, Dec 26, 1992).
Racially motivated violence is rampant in L.A. county schools. The following is just a small sample of the larger fights and outright riots.
Nov 20, 2004, Jordan High School in South Los Angeles; an estimated 1000 students brawled. It took 60 cops in riot gear to quell the disturbance (ABC channel 7, L.A., Nov 20, 2004).
Apr 14, 2005, Jefferson High School in L.A. A brawl broke out in the schools cafeteria after Hispanic students told blacks to "go back to Africa." Over 100 students were involved in the fight which was broken up by police (L.A. Times, Apr 15, 2005).
May 5, 2005, L.A. school district. Some 51,000 middle and high school students skipped school when rumors spread that Hispanic gang members were going to kill blacks in celebration of Cinco De Mayo (L.A. Times, May 6, 2005)
May 9, 2008, Locke High School in L.A. 600 black and Hispanic students fought. It took 60 school district guards and 50 cops to lock down the school (L.A. Times, May 10, 2008).
In 2005, Valencia High School in L.A. had to pay a $300,000 law suit settlement for failing to protect four black students from racial attacks (L.A. Times, Sep 12, 2007).
A 2008 survey of over 6000 South Los Angeles high school students revealed that only 25% of the students felt safe in school.
Throughout L.A. county schools, blacks routinely stay home in droves on Cinco de Mayo, and warn black teachers that they should do the same (Washington Post, Feb 20, 2006).
March, 2005, Grant High School in L.A. Armenian and Hispanic students rioted, sending four students, two teachers and one police officer to the hospital. Following a previous riot in 1999 the Dean of the school reported that there had been one large scale fight motivated by race at the school at least once a year for more than a decade (The Valley Star, Mar 16, 2005; L.A. Times, Oct 23, 1999).
It's not just those crazy kids that are finding it difficult to celebrate diversity in their neighborhoods and schools.
In 2007 the L.A. Unified School district had to dispatch conflict resolution experts and mental health professionals to deal with a black/Hispanic conflict in one of it's advisory councils. Seems the council members had been fighting for months over whether to hold their meetings in English or Spanish.
L.A. County must print election ballots in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tagalog and Korean. The California DMV translates it's documents into 30 languages. Please note; in almost all elections only citizens can vote...and one of the requirements for being naturalized is the ability to speak English.
In fiscal 1998-99, L.A. County courts had 91,600 man-days of interpreting to provide and pay for.
For twenty years the L.A. County Sheriff's Department was stymied in it's attempts to make a criminal case against an extended family of Oaxacan Indians who were running a $2 million per month heroin smuggling ring. The sheriff's department couldn't translate the language used by the indians, which is only spoken by a small number of people in southern Mexico.
In 1999 the Cartoon Network permanently banned the showing of any 'Speedy Gonzalez' cartoons in the U.S. because of "ethnic stereotyping." A spokesman for the network confirmed that the cartoons were "hugely popular" on the Cartoon Network in Latin America.
By now you'll have noticed that much of the problems of diversity in Los Angeles are between blacks and Latinos, with hardly a word about whites. That's largely because white are a minority in L.A. County now, and a very small minority in the L.A. Unified School District. When the riot starts, white kids take cover. It's not their fight.
Do the God-fearing enjoy the blessings of diversity any better than the rest of the population? At least one national study reported that almost 95% of churches have congregations "at least 80% one race or ethnic group"(Louisville, KY Courier-Journal, Apr 26 2004).
Do I need to point out that the blessings of diversity described so far are prevalent wherever the races rub together, particularly in urban settings? The problems in L.A. are a microcosm of what's happening in most of America.
Since 9/11 religion has become a battleground too. Muslims have been clashing more and more with non-muslims over places to pray; work schedules that don't allow for five prayers a day; the absence of foot baths; Muslim cabby's that don't want to take fares that have any alcohol in their shopping bag or have a dog with them; the wearing of traditional Muslim clothing by women that hide their faces in public; demands that Muslim holidays be included in school calendars; separate gyms and pools be provided for men and women.
In 2004 a Latina woman Lina Morales was fired from her job at Rising Star, a Muslim owned firm in Florida, for eating a bacon sandwich. The company had banned pork from its premises (local6.com, Orlando FL, Aug 4, 2004). Muslims consider pigs and all pork products to be 'unclean'.
Americans now know what honor killings are. Americans now know there is something called Shariah Law that Muslims are demanding they be allowed to practice and that this law be recognized in American courts. Dozens of natural-born and naturalized U.S. Muslim citizens have been indicted for supporting jihadists and their terror plots. Some have travelled to the Middle East and blown themselves up in suicide bombings.
The great 'melting pot' and assimilation into one nation of Americans...E pluribus unum...worked well as long as the vast majority of immigrants came from Europe. Alas, the melting came to a screeching halt with The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (Hart-Celler Act) which opened immigration to America to all parts of the world.
In just 25 years, one generation, after the passage of Hart-Celler Act whites were a racial minority in California.
In 1965 whites were 90% of the population of the U.S. Now that number is barely above 70% and dropping fast.
"Diversity is our greatest strength" may be a pernicious lie, but boy do we have diversity, strength or not.
Who's it good for? Ask the people of L.A.
In Part III we'll examine how whites looked at diversity prior to 1965 and compare that to today's views.