It’s Righteous Indignation, Not Hate
Many Americans object when immigration changes their neighborhoods and communities beyond recognition. When they do, they can count on swift criticism from immigration enthusiasts, who are quick to label their reaction as “fear” and “hate.” The proper response, say these moralists, is to “celebrate” the new diversity of peoples, nearly all of whom are “hard-working” folk who just want “the American dream.” Wanting a common culture, they piously intone, is “bigotry.”
Is it really? To be sure, many Americans in the newly “diverse” areas show anger, though just as many, quite often, are more sad than mad. But is anger in such cases inappropriate, or even immoral? The answer most certainly is no — at least if common sense has any say-so on the matter.
Like it or not, people generally prefer the familiar. Human beings, by their nature, desire a sense of belonging, and belonging requires common values. This is not irrational prejudice, but rational practicality. Though diversity may be enjoyable for a vacation, the work-a-day world works best when common ties keep social friction to a minimum.
Agreed upon standards and values, derived from Western culture, have been the source of American success and freedom. Communities of Americans, working in harmony, have achieved impressive civic and material goals without needing government as a rule-maker and a referee for their activities.
Sadly, this harmony is fading as community after community falls victim to the kind of diversity which destroys common purpose. Even when immigrants are hard-working, this does not mean that they that they share all American values and sentiments. To illustrate, the August 1998 issue of National Geographic ran a generally pro-immigration article about New York’s Chinatown. It noted the work ethic of recent Chinese immigrants. The author commented, however, that all he met “[used] the same word for [American] white people. It means ‘barbarian.’”
If the numbers of newcomers in a community are sufficiently large, a clash of cultures — and confusion — will follow. Many natives, feeling like foreigners in their own country will experience a deep sense of alienation, a psychological condition characterized by anger and sadness. Such anger is entirely appropriate, and is justified further by the undemocratic manner through which “diversity” comes about.