November 26, 2004
The Unbearable Wetness Of The Rio Grande
Bryanna Bevens recently
wrote about radio host
Mark Belling, who uttered the word
on the air, and was fired by Clear Channel for doing so.
Wetback is arguably a racial slur—if it’s used to
or legal immigrants.
The term was used
officially by the US Government
during the Eisenhower administration (
"Operation Wetback"). It comes from the undeniable fact that, where the border
consists of the Rio Grande River, illegal aliens cross by fording it.
And they arrive soaking wet.
One person who got soaked recently was
Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed,
a South African Arab woman on the terrorist watch list. She was arrested by the
Border Patrol at McAllen Miller
International Airport on her way to New York.
“Among her possessions were a pair of
wet blue jeans
and muddy shoes scored with thorns, a border official said.” –
African Detained in Texas May Have Terrorist Ties, by Sylvia Moreno and John Mintz,
Washington Post, August 1, 2004]
Ms. Ahmed is not a Mexican at all. The Rio Grande
will dampen anyone who crosses it. They don't have to be
a descendant of Montezuma or the Conquistadors to get
While presumably river crossers have dried off by the
time they reach
Milwaukee, they’re still illegal.
And it was the illegals that the
“anti-hate” protestors are defending against
“Several advertisers complained or pulled ads after
Belling used the word "wetback" to describe
illegal Mexican immigrants on his Oct. 27 show
potential voter fraud in Wisconsin.
“’You watch the voter turnout on the near south side (of Milwaukee), heavily Hispanic,
and compare it to the voter turnout in any other election, and you're going to see every
every other non-citizen out
there voting,’ he said.”
Conservative Radio Host Pulled
Off Air After Racial Slur:
Host Used Slur On Air, Joked About It For Days, November 9, 2004, Channeloklahoma.com
while back about the
vs. New York Times case, which gave the American
Media, in effect, the right to lie.
think his is fair enough, believe it or not. Ask anyone
who lives in a country like Britain, where they do have
a law of libel, and guilty politicians sue innocent
journalists for printing the truth.
But, given that First Amendment jurisprudence gives
journalists this (somewhat counterintuitive) "right
to lie," why is that media moguls are so
quick to crumble in these cases when somebody tells
Jackie Robinson's Success and the Invisible
I've been reading
Double Play by detective novelist Robert B.
Parker, a long-range Dodgers fan in Boston in the
Jackie Robinson and
Branch Rickey desegregated Major League Baseball.
The viewpoint character is a Boston Irishman named
Joseph Burke, a discharged veteran hired to bodyguard
Robinson, who received numerous death threats during his
first year in baseball.
Parker fans will be on very familiar ground here.
You can see characters and plot elements going back to
The Widening Gyre, not that there's anything
wrong with repeating a successful formula. Since Parker
was actually alive in Boston in the forties, there are
few of the major errors that dot historical novels,
where you have to say, "People didn't talk like that.
Or think like that."
And Parker also points out something that most people
Steve Sailer in his (pre-purge)
National Review cover story "How
Jackie Robinson Desegregated America" noted:
“In the liberal
world-view, discrimination stems from prejudice, from
ignorance of the actual talents of blacks. In organized
baseball, the opposite was true. White Major Leaguers
freely admitted that many blacks could have taken white
players' jobs. Yet, somehow, this enlightened perception
failed to make the white pros into ardent
Another group that felt displaced was the owners of the
Negro Leagues. Robinson's integration of Major
League Baseball was the
beginning of the end for them. In Parker’s novel, a
group of them offer Robinson more money than he's making
with the Dodgers to play for them.
Parker writes, as Steve Forbes
“‘Thing is what they
say make some sense,’ Jackie said. ‘Be other colored
players coming along after me, and eventually all the
good ones be playing in the white leagues. Be putting a
lotta Negroes out of business,’ Jackie said. ‘The Negro
leagues go under, and a lot of Negro players, the ones
with less skill, gonna be out of a job.’
“‘True for white
players too,’ Burke said.
“‘White?’ Jackie said.
“‘Every Negro comes
into the major leagues,’ Burke said, ‘is one less white
Parker has Robinson say "I never thought of that."
Robinson was a good man and a great athlete. He was not
an "affirmative action case." Here, it was the
whites who were benefiting from affirmative action.
But today when immigration enthusiasts are talking about
finding "willing workers" south of the Rio Grande
for American employers, then the same thing applies.
Every job for a Mexican immigrant means one less job for
African-American, by the way.
President Bush or
Tamar Jacoby ever say "I never thought of that?"