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Friday, May 05, 2006

Why wouldn't blacks want to join these folks?

Minutemen Get Cold Reception From Blacks
By Hemmy So, Times Staff Writer
8:07 PM PDT, May 3, 2006

The Minuteman Project, the self-proclaimed citizen border patrol that has emerged as a vocal opponent of illegal immigration, arrived in the heart of South Los Angeles Wednesday hoping to recruit blacks to their cause.

But instead, they were met by protesters, most of them black, who compared the group to the Ku Klux Klan and urged them to take their campaign elsewhere.

The event, billed as the Minuteman Project's launch of a cross-country caravan to Washington, D.C., quickly devolved into a series of shouting matches between two sides punctuated by honking horns and howls from a megaphone.

And the newspaper, radio and TV reporters far outnumbered the participants.

"The Minuteman organization has never had any concern with the black Americans," said Najee Ali, a South L.A. community activist who led the protest. "They don't come into our community and give any assistance to help reduce gang violence, create employment opportunities."


"Illegal immigration has had and is having a devastating effect on the black community," said Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Minuteman Project supporter and founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, during the event in Leimert Park. "Black Americans are being put out of jobs, they're put out of their own homes," he said.

Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist cited high unemployment rates, particularly among black teenagers, to make the same case.

But Ali and others said they don't buy the message or the motives of the Minutemen.

"The same system that wants to criminalize immigration is the same system that disproportionately imprisons black men," yelled Monica Morant, a Los Angeles area resident who decided to protest the event after hearing about it on the radio.

The event had less the feel of a dialogue than of counter-protests.

Yeah. Did they think they could play us off against each other like they aren't racists? Ted Hayes and Jesse Lee Peterson were quite alone in their embrace of failed Congressional candidate Gilchrist.

You know, if you don't like Mexicans, you really are unlikely to like black people.

posted by Steve @ 12:57:00 AM

12:57:00 AM

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