Tuesday, August 05, 2008

This is an immigration story, not a civil rights story

The Tyson food plant union that voted to cancel Labor Day in favor of Eid for its Muslim workers, what kind of story is that?

Is it a civil rights story? No. Is it a story about changing American culture? Sort of.

Here is the money quote from the article:

Union leaders said implementing the holiday was important for the nearly 700 Muslims, many of them Somalis, who work at the plant that employs a total of 1,200 people.

More than half of the workers at the plant ARE MUSLIM. Read: Immigrant.

Immigration: The killer of American society. It must be stopped.


Anonymous Kevin S. Willis said...

Immigration isn't the problem. It's lack of assimilation. Legal immigrants have to swear an oath of fealty. That used to mean: our language is now your language. Our holidays are now your holidays. Your holidays are not our holidays, no matter how many of you there are. Balkanize yourselves if you must, but you'll get no support in becoming a mini-Somalia-in-America from the government or the company you work at, etc.

Nothing wrong with immigrants. We're all from immigrant families. What is wrong is this country has stopped assimilating immigrants. We don't demand they learn English, embrace American values, or embrace the American way of life while they are busy benefitting from the founding principles of this nation. The killer of American society is liberal progressivism, and the anti-American, anti-western nonsense that comes with it. Frankly, if you aren't prepared to acknowledge that America--specifically, the America of our founding fathers--is superior to every other country out there, then you don't need to be here. Go home. If our country is not superior to yours, then why do you want to come here?

4:06 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

So what can we do: Outlaw liberals and liberalism?

One of the strengths of our country (and one of the weaknesses) is that idiots can exist.

But immigration can be narrowed.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Kevin S. Willis said...

Legal immigration is fairly narrow as it is. I'm not opposed to getting rid of "bring the whole family" laws that fast-tracks all the "relatives" of a successfully legal immigrant, but the bigger problem is assimilation--abandoning the idea of obligating immigrants to assimilate is a bad idea. And that is the problem. I don't know how to get rid of that, but the two more likely things would be (a) English as an official national language and (b) English-immersion courses for immigrants rather than bi-lingual education. Just fluently speaking the language is a big step towards assimilation.

These companies celebrating Muslim holidays ain't a good step, tho.

5:01 PM  

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