This speech was delivered at the 2013 American Renaissance conference, which took place on April 5-7 near Nashville, Tennessee.
For as long as anyone can remember, immigration has been the chief political concern at gatherings such as this. At last night’s cocktail party, “amnesty,” “illegals,” and various heroes and villains in Washington were discussed with great interest.
For people like us—who are asylumed away to the margins—one could say that immigration is our connection to the outside world. It makes us feel like we have a horse in the race—maybe even that, through our silent partners in the Beltway, we can affect national policy. We even, we should admit, get captivated by the political theater of “immigration reform.” Ann Coulter’s speech at the last Conservative Political Action Conference, for example, was catnip for racialists. Ann staked out the far rightward territory of respectability; and though she used the language of Republican electioneering, she seemed to be winking and nodding at us the entire time.
Whenever any issue or idea receives universal accord—when it become an assumption, when it’s taken for granted—it’s time to put it under serious scrutiny. We should ask what an issue like immigration can tell us about ourselves—about what our goals are, and should be, and how we could best engage in political action. I hope we can do that today.Read More: http://www.npiamerica.org/the-national-policy-institute/blog/facing-the-future-as-a-minority