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“Operation Afro-Dilution”: Michigan’s Plan to Flood Detroit with Upscale Immigrants

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    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    It is the general consensus among white people that Detroit’s problem is, too many Blacks. Michigan’s governor has a solution: flood the city with upscale green card holders. “An infusion of global migrants would enable Detroit’s corporate masters to market the metropolis as a ‘cosmopolitan’ urban cocktail, as opposed to the nation’s largest ‘Chocolate City.’”

     

    Operation Afro-Dilution”: Michigan’s Plan to Flood Detroit with Upscale Immigrants

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Corporate ethnic manipulators like Snyder want to indoctrinate a new crop of immigrants to the inherent inferiority of Black Americans, whose cities must be saved by culturally superior foreigners.”

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is a crude and vicious racist who verbalizes what most white people believe, but won’t say in mixed company: What’s wrong with Detroit, is an excess of Black people. Snyder proposes to bring 50,000 immigrants to Detroit over five years on special EB-2 visas, on the theory that the newcomers’ entrepreneurial zeal will have transformative effects on the city. Starting with an initial 5,000 immigrants, “Snyder’s List” would expand to 15,000 in the final year, with Detroit accounting for more than a third of the nation’s total EB-2 authorization. Call it “Operation Afro-Dilution.”

    Gov. Snyder is a Republican, a political breed known to recoil at the prospect of the USA overrun by foreigners of the darker kind. However, Snyder’s specially summoned migrants would be flooding into territory inhabited mainly by an even more despised demographic: African Americans, who make up 82 percent of Detroit’s 700,000 people. The current Black concentration is far too thick to attract sufficient white families to effect a profound racial transformation in the near term. Consider this: If a rise in a town’s Black population to 20 or 25 percent is enough to push many whites past the “tipping point” into flight, how low do African American numbers have to get before a city definitively “tips” the other way.

    An infusion of global migrants would enable Detroit’s corporate masters to market the metropolis as a “cosmopolitan” urban cocktail, as opposed to the nation’s largest “Chocolate City.” In the language of White-Speak, that’s definitely an upgrade, a boost in marketable assets, all around – which is what late-stage, finance-dominated capitalism is all about.

    The current Black concentration is far too thick to attract sufficient white families to effect a profound racial transformation in the near term.”

    But, Gov. Synder is going to have to compete for his share of immigrant “pioneers” (as white American settlers in ghetto locales once described themselves). Other too-Black Midwestern cities, including Chicago, St. Louis and Dayton, Ohio, have the same idea, attaching a premium to immigrants of a certain type (educated, relatively affluent).

    Back in the post-Civil War era of breakneck U.S. industrialization, European immigrants didn’t even have to speak English to rate a sign-on bonus, free transportation across the Atlantic and company-built housing near their new jobs in American cities. For others, there was free land, confiscated from newly dead Indians. English-speaking African Americans, many of whom had been artisans and industrial workers under slavery, were turned away from factory and homestead. Black folks’ assigned “place” was at the bottom of the racial hierarchy, wherever that happened to be at the time. Nothing has changed, in that regard – except that modern white society determinedly denies that segregation is its favored way of life. Where that not true, of course, Detroit would not be 82 percent Black.

    Black folks know full well that Snyder’s immigration scheme is designed to dilute Black numbers and, eventually, make Detroit a more attractive place for native white habitation. But, in mixed company, politically conscious Blacks are careful not to appear jingoistic, like the other Ugly Americans. Rev. Charles Williams II of the National Action Network told the New York Times that “he believed Detroit, as well as other Midwestern states, should be pro-immigration. ‘However,’ he said, ‘I will say, on the other end of this, I think it’s a little ambitious for Governor Snyder to put together a plan to induce more population when still we have to work on double-digit unemployment and high poverty that’s already in our city right now.” That’s putting it mildly. Thirty-eight percent of Detroiters live below the poverty line, the vast majority of them Black.

    Other too-Black Midwestern cities, including Chicago, St. Louis and Dayton, Ohio, have the same idea.”

    Changing U.S. population patterns dictate that Blacks strive for solidarity – or, at least, healthy political relations – with immigrant groups, especially Latinos. African Americans must resist being goaded into ethnic confrontations that profit only powerful corporations. However, Snyder and his ilk are attempting to use EB-2 immigrants – the bulk of whom are relatively privileged people from India, China, Mexico and the Philippines – as demographic weapons to break up African American population concentrations. In the process, they are implicitly defaming Blacks as the negative side of the human ledger – The Problem – and non-Blacks as The Solution. This is an assault that must be answered with full throated roar.

    Snyder isn’t just preaching to white Americans, who are fully conversant in racially coded language; he is propagandizing the targeted immigrant populations, as well, telling them they are a better class of people than the current residents of Detroit. Snyder and his cohorts are essentially assigning the newcomers a racial mission: to bring their supposedly “superior” cultural attributes to uplift (and ultimately replace) an “inferior” Black social environment.

    Now that western Europeans no longer view the U.S. as a Promised Land, the American mythologists must tailor the Founding Lies to a darker audience. Gov. Snyder updates the old Ellis Island story to fit the current influx from the global East and South. “Isn’t that how we made our country great, through immigrants?” said Mr. Snyder, hawking his plan for Detroit. No, that’s not how it happened. The United States was made rich by Black slaves, whose pre-Civil War value exceeded all other national “assets” except the land, itself – which was, of course, stolen from the Native Americans. The descendants of European immigrants, from the Mayflower to the 20th century’s vaunted Melting Pot, somehow imagine they are God’s gift to the continent – to the planet! – but their most important contributions to the enrichment of the New World were smallpox-infected blankets and chains.

    Snyder and his ilk are attempting to use EB-2 immigrants as demographic weapons to break up African American population concentrations.”

    Corporate ethnic manipulators like Snyder want to indoctrinate a new crop of immigrants to the inherent inferiority of Black Americans, whose cities must be saved by culturally superior foreigners. This is how U.S. rulers prepare for the year 2043, when the U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority country – by inculcating the newcomers with the same racist worldview as the previous white overlords.

    Gov. Snyder bragged that he could achieve ethnic cleansing on the cheap. "Here's a non-cash way to significantly accelerate the comeback of Detroit” – meaning, he has no intention of spending any money on the existing Detroit population. However, the week before, Snyder announced that he was asking the state legislature to provide $350 million to shore up the city’s retiree pension plan and save the art collection. Snyder and Republican lawmakers have long waged a starvation campaign against Detroit, depriving the city of revenue sharing and other funds in order to accelerate its fiscal collapse. Now that the local electorate has been disenfranchised (as has a majority of the state’s Black population), and total corporate dominion appears imminent, Snyder turns the money faucet back on. Should corporate plans sour (see Tom Stephens, “Judge Rhodes to Detroit: Don't Pay the Banksters,” in this issue of BAR), then the screws will be tightened.

    If, by dint of sheer human will, or just the fact of not having anywhere to else go, Black folks can maintain a super-majority in Detroit, that will be a great victory. When someone is trying to kill you, to live is to triumph.

    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    ...on Wilmer Leon's show "Inside the Issues" on Sirius XM.  Dr. Leon had several prominent Detroiters on last summer right after the bankruptcy to discuss it and the city's future.  One of the guests, who was white, suggested that Americans need to get over the old ideas of having an all white or an all black city and accept immigration as the solution to Detroit's and America's woes.  He said that in order to revitalize the city's industrial & technological base, it needs to attract highly skilled immigrants from the Ukraine, and Central & Eastern Europe as well as Asia & Latin America.  Now, here we are 9 months later & Gov. Snyder's proposing it and getting some traction.  We have another instance where both white Democrats & Republicans believe the answer to improving America's problems is getting rid of black people.  Nobody on the show even not even Dr. Leon said a mumbling word to challenge his racist assertions.

    This is another example of why we should depend on ourselves.  But, even the authors of "Black Agenda" Report, still believe we need others to help us.  Glen Ford said as much when he wrote in this article, "Changing U.S. population patterns dictate that Blacks strive for solidarity – or, at least, healthy political relations – with immigrant groups, especially Latinos. African Americans must resist being goaded into ethnic confrontations that profit only powerful corporations." 

    But, do Latinos and others really want healthy polictical relations with blacks or do they want to just use us a stepping stone to climb up the economic ladder like every other racial & ethnic group has done before in Amerikkka?  I don't know how you can have anything but a Black Agenda in a city that's 82% black like Detroit or a country's that's 79% black like S. Africa!  With numbers like that, you don't need to form coalitions with anyone.  It's timeout for Rainbow Coalitions!

    Black Detroiters have two options: leave or fight!  If you can't stomach a fight, move somewhere South where blacks have more opportunity than exists in the East, West, or Midwest.  If you can't move or don't want to, you're going have to ratchet your strategy up a few more notches and be willing to fight a long and protracted battle where you prevent business as usual from going on until the enemy concedes defeat and gives into your demands.  Shut Detroit down and make it impossible for the powers that be to do business like they did during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the sit-ins all throughout the South! 

     

     

    "But, do Latinos and others

    "But, do Latinos and others really want healthy polictical relations with blacks or do they want to just use us a stepping stone to climb up the economic ladder like every other racial & ethnic group has done before in Amerikkka?"

    Excellent point.  Maybe I'll be proven wrong, but I believe blacks will get (again) the excrement end of the stick when the Latinos achieve more power politically and otherwise.  They are more likely to join forces with whites and Asians to carve up what's left of the empire.  Black is not any of these groups' favorite color; black people are on their own to come up with viable options for survival in Detroit and everywhere else.

    Afro-Dilution

    There's no need for the governor's immigration plan to implement Afro-Dilution. Uber gentrification is underway. Today there exist two Detroits- downtown (along with some exclusive enclaves scattered throughout the city) and the rest. The gulf between the two is immense and growing by the day. 

    I watch incredulously as local media talk about the great things happening in Detroit. This is not sustainable. Far too many people are being excluded- people who have lived their entire lives in the city of Detroit and put up with its shortcomings. Now skyrocketing housing prices in these areas is replacing local resident with young professionals from the suburbs and even out of state. 

    Regime Change In Detroit

    Afro Dilution In Detroit

    As a group of people in economic distress we have a right and a duty to speak up in our own defense. If corporations and their immigrant tools don't like it so what?  The future of our kids and grand kids is at stack.  This country with all of its faults is still the land of our birth.  We have no business going back to the back of the bus for anyone!  I stopped working with White progressives over one issue, immigration!

    Then as now I fail to see what is progreesive about mass immigration into a country with economic problems; and a marginalized population whose concerns are not being met.  What would our activist say to Black Americans who rushed to take jobs in some down trodden country displacing the local population from empolyment? Why is the burden of coalitions and solidarity only on Black America?

    Our succees during the civil rights era was based on the fact that we were not married to political parties or political idologies.  We spoke truth no matter who did not like it.  We need to get back to that. I am not bashing immigrants, I am bashing immigartion policy.

    As far as Snyder, he needs to be impeached or recalled from office.  I am sure that there is plenty of corruption in his closet.  The Black Caucus and other Black organizations need to be called to task on this.  If it means giving up our knee jerk support for immigation,so be it.

    Eric

     

     

    what civil rights era successes?!!

    ...the elevation of a handful of self-serving lackeys in mainstream media & politics, black kids being bussed to hostile dangerous white schools (e.g., the infamous South Boston "southie" high school), and the newfound "freedom" to take money out of the black community to enrich hateful white businesses?! Yeah, great successes! And FYI, churchie civil-rights negroes were seriously wedded to the democrap party and proved themselves to be a bunch of phlegmatic spineless scaredy-cats when it came to standing with courageous dissidents like el Hajj Malik el Shabazz (Malcolm X) and Dr. King in their hour of need when they were vilified by mainstream democraps and the "liberal" mainstream media. The few who dared speak truth (e.g., Mr. X, Dr. King, Fred Hampton, H. Rap Brown, Kwame Toure) were quickly murdered or driven into exile, leaving a lot of calculating self-serving proto-misleadership types who talked a good-sounding game & played the brinksmanship game well enough to fool the churchie negro masses and get paid. To add insult to injury, negro have only become more phlegmatic and gullible to the point where they happily ignore reality and censor themselves lest they upset their beloved symbol in the whitehouse.

     

     

    I used to be neutral on

    I used to be neutral on immigration but my observations have led me to lean more to the anti- camp.  Go to many fast food establishments and the once mostly black staff is now over half Latino.  A lot of small law offices have paralegal/admin staffs that are 3/4 to 1/2 Latino.  Once the Latinos get up to speed with language, the attorney won't hire a black or white for old time's sake; he/she will do the economically feasible thing and choose the Latino who is bilingual.  HB-1 and 2 visas were already flooding other white collar fields such as medical and IT with foreigners.  Now the Detroit political mafia wants to ethnically cleanse the city by bringing in foreigners (FYI:  the things being done to Detroit will be rolled out to other cities in the near future.).  Who gets the excrement end of the immigration sweepstakes?  Black people of course.  Be they Latino, Asian, or other, they will join forces with the whites to amass wealth and power.  Black folks, wake up and stop acting the fool.  It's past time to think about ways to fight back and survive in an increasingly hostile world.

    On another note:  Happy New Year Enlightened Cynic.  I hope you will return with your on point and entertaining analysis one day soon.

    I wonder how long it will

    I wonder how long it will take Barry to issue an executive order for more EB-2 visas?  Will the black people still love him afterwards?  Of course!

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