A C-SPAN clip of SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson is circulating online. In it he says something controversial about how one can move African-Americans to care more about immigration reform.
“On white workers, I think we got some real problems. I’ve spent a lot of time in Wisconsin and places like that, where I have heard some of the most anti-immigrant sentiments around. It’s also, and this is where you get the black workers first, it’s so f***ing rabidly racist, ’til black people get scared. They don’t just mean you, right? So, you can organize them quicker, like, look at what’s there.”
A number of right-wing themed sites are pushing this clip viral. They seem to think that he’s calling black people gullible and that he’s demonizing good, working class white folk. Hudson is a big, black, bald-headed man. The fact that he cussed alone likely made some people uncomfortable. LOL
It’s no secret the rhetoric that follows immigration reform can be laced with images and concepts that make blacks and jews very uncomfortable. Racial profiling is what it is, but any thought of laws that require people to have proper documentation…makes me think of South Africa. If you suggest racist motives and connect with the black experience of American racism…sure, you’ll motivate some people.
However, there is also an economic and social side (access to social services and the strain on local governments) to immigration reform that blacks may have concerns over. Let’s face it, some black people are as concerned as some whites with the idea of Hispanics “taking over” America. Just ask someone who grew up in Dade County or Miami Florida about needed to be bi-lingual to get a job. I’m not saying that it’s right…I’m just saying.
Readers, take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.