I don't normally troll conservative blogs to find and comment on the most outrageous things I find. But when it comes to immigration, National Review writer John Derbyshire really gets under my skin. Maybe it's the thinly veiled argument that blacks are genetically inferior to whites, or maybe its the insistence that maintaining "ethnic balance" is a justification for limiting immigration, legal and illegal. (Or maybe it's a leftover sense of nausea from when Derbyshire blamed the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting for their own deaths.)
No matter what the reason, Derbyshire isn't in Coulter territory. He may be shrill, and there may be a sly knowingness in his inflammatory statements, but he writes for one of the leading intellectual journals of the right and must be taken seriously. So I had to point this blog post from The Corner:
Incidentally, while hobnobbing with those Midwesterners at Storm Lake, Iowatheir surnames mostly taken from the Stockholm, Oslo, and Berlin phone booksI heard a couple of times the remark that in this little corner of rural Iowa, the student body in the schools is half Hispanic. The remark was passed in a polite, diffident and non-condemnatory wayof course! this is Iowaand when I tried to probe, people just retreated into niceness ("These Mexican restaurants are really great!")
Still, I found it hard to believe, surrounded as I was by Lundqvists and Muellers. In an idle moment, however, I looked up the stats on GreatSchools.net. Sure enough, the "Student Stats" on GreatSchools for Storm Lake show percentages Hispanic as:
High school: 32
- Middle School: 43
- Elementary schools: 53, 66, 63, 53.
Say what you like, that is truly an invasion. Why on earth are we letting this happen?
Why are we letting WHAT happen? Why are we letting the racial demographics of the nation change, as they have for hundreds of years? There is no indication that the Hispanic students Derbyshire references are in this country illegally, though I'd bet Derbyshire assumes they are. He is, in essence, objecting to the presence of people of a different national origin (or a different race) in high numbers. That's it.
This shouldn't have to be said: As a nation we have agreed to let this happen. Through our laws, our attitudes, and the inscriptions we allow to be placed on our most famous national symbols, we have decided that we are a free nation that allows people from elsewhere to come and share in our success. That's what makes America America, not the fact that a majority of our residents look like John Derbyshire.
But that's not all.