Wailing and knashing of teeth! Everywhere you turn these days some civilized nation is wringing its proverbial hands and having anxiety attacks over the possibility that evil racism has crept into its society. Thanks to Blulitespecial here is a story from the International Herald Tribune about Italy and racism.
We have previously reported on violence in Italy against mainly black Africans who have been arriving in that Mediterranean country in droves in recent years. I’m almost too weary to write about this. I am so sick of it! The article begins with a description of a recent murder of an African:
Although there is some debate about whether the killing was racially motivated, the attack on Guibre was the most severe in a recent spate of violence against immigrants across Italy. The attacks are fueling a national conversation about racism and tolerance in a country that has only recently transformed itself from a nation of emigrants into a prime destination for immigrants.
And, the Pope is worried:
The confrontations have resonated at the highest levels. In a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Quirinal Palace in Rome this month, President Giorgio Napolitano called for church and state to work together “to overcome racism.” He cited a recent speech in which the pope pointed to “worrisome new signs” of deepening social tensions.
Imagine for a moment if hordes of illegal immigrants flowed into any country in the world. Imagine that they were pushy and arrogant. Imagine that the economy was tough for the inhabitants and that those inhabitants had established for generations certain patterns of behavior and social interactions that the newcomers ignored, or were not even aware of. And, then imagine that the newcomers I’ve described were white. Don’t you see that the reaction of the inhabitants would be the same—they would behave in a way, perhaps violently, in order to expel the intruders. Or, imagine it is on a smaller scale and it is your home someone is breaking into. Would you be “tolerant?” Wouldn’t you fight for your home and family?
That is human nature—it hasn’t anything to do with skin color, except that lawbreaking migrants happen to be mostly black in places like Italy.
Just look at South Africa where the native BLACK population is killing the mostly illegal immigrant BLACKS, one could hardly call it racism.
The solution is for every country to control immigration. As long as one group of people is breaking into another groups’ homeland (or even when a large number of legal immigrants arrive) there will be conflict; no amount of soul-searching about the roots of racism will matter one iota. As a matter of fact, the longer a country’s ‘smart people’ direct their attention to racism, and accuse local people of being racists, the less likely a solution will be found.