Dr. Martin Luther King and the Immigration Impact upon Black America

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By Fred Elbel

Fred is an internet marketing consultant and director of the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform, www.cairco.org.

The writer's views are his own.

January 20, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. emphasized the importance of a person's character, not the color of his skin.

Yet Dr. King recognized the notable income disparity – and the disparity of economic opportunity – between working-class Blacks and their American counterparts of other races. Were he alive today, he would undoubtedly question why 20.5% of African-Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and why there has been no tangible wage increase for working-class Blacks in 40 years.

One cannot ignore the role of mass immigration – particularly that of illegal immigration – in displacing Black American workers from the workforce. An estimated 11 to 40 million illegal alien job seekers have snuck into America to work at sub-market wages, and as a result have displaced African-American workers.

Corporate America reaps the benefits, while Black Americans suffer.

For entirely different reasons, both political parties want more immigration and legalization of illegal aliens who have evaded apprehension in America. Republican leadership (aptly referred to as "Conservative, Inc.") want an unending supply of cheap labor for their corporate constituents. They refuse to acknowledge what the Democratic Party enthusiastically embraces: that immigrants overwhelmingly vote Democratic.

Amnesty – including legalization – of illegal aliens will surely undermine the Republican party, just as it will devastate the economic opportunities of working-class Blacks. Sadly, the Democratic party, to which many Blacks owe allegiance, will be instrumental in their economic demise. The consequences for America will be dire.

Dr. King warned:

There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't ‘own’ it, they want to destroy it.

Dr. King also clearly recognized the dangers of unending population growth and remarked that:

Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and resources we possess. What is lacking is not knowledge of the solution, but the universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victims.

– from a May 5, 1966 speech delivered on King’s behalf by Mrs. Coretta Scott King
upon accepting an award by the Planned Parenthood Federation

Dr. King did not directly comment on the mass immigration-population connection, namely because at the time, it was not the fundamental driver of U.S. population growth that it has now become. It is now well-known that mass immigration is driving U.S. population to a doubling this century. If we are to stabilize U.S. population, we must curtail mass immigration. Doing so is absolutely consistent with Dr. King's position on population.

Dr. King observed that:

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

Let us remember the principles upon which our great nation was founded and continue to work for the betterment of Americans – of all races, creeds and colors.

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