Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Multiculturalism = Balkanization

British Muslim leaders, apparently perfectly happy to capitalize on the growing threat of "radicalized" UK Muslim youth willing to murder other Britons, are now requesting, among other concessions, that Muslim holidays be recognized and that Muslim Sharia courts be created to handle domestic law for British Muslims. These things, they told UK Secretary of State for Communities Ruth Kelly, would mitigate the rising levels of extremism amongst UK Muslims.

Dr Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland, said he had asked for holidays to mark Muslim festivals and Islamic laws to cover family affairs which would apply only to Muslims.

Dr Pasha said he was not seeking sharia law for criminal offences but he said Muslim communities in Britain should be able to operate Islamic codes for marriage and family life. "In Scotland, they have a separate law. It doesn't mean they are not part of the UK. We are asking for Islamic law which covers marriage and family life. We are willing to co-operate but there should be a partnership. They should understand our problems then we will understand their problems."

He said that Ms Kelly had said she would "look sympathetically at all the suggestions" that had been made. He added: "She agreed with my suggestion [that] it should be a partnership approach."

The mere existence of a "Secretary of State for Communities" demonstrates the unspoken, but all too apparent reality that British society is fragmenting under the strains of mass immigration. There is no longer one Britain. Now there are many British "communities." Of course, the fact that these "communities" exist on British soil and that their residents carry British passports, don't make them British in the common meaning of the word. The Muslim leaders' requests simply underscore this. They want separate holidays and a separate judicial system to further isolate their people from common British culture and strengthen their Islamic cultural identity. This will only increase radicalism, separatism and violence, but the Muslim leaders understand this. They are counting on it to increase their political clout. They do not wish assimilation. The do not want to be British. They might say that they do, but the definition of British they are willing to accept negates the definition that the rest of the world has accepted for the past thousand years. Contrary to Dr. Pasha's statements, separate laws mean separate communities. Differing standards of law based on religion or ethnicity do no unite a society; they divide it. But that, of course, is exactly the intention.

Instead of dismissing the Muslim leaders' demands out of hand, as any British official should have, Ms. Kelly mouth the predictable, politically correct evasions.

Ms Kelly said she did not accept that British foreign policy should be dictated by a small group of people.

"What I do accept is that there is a lot of anger and frustration out there in the community that needs to be properly expressed and vented through the democratic process," she said.

British Muslims are attempting to leverage the threat that members of their communities will commit appalling acts of violence in order to win political concessions specifically designed to encourage and reinforce Islamist thinking and practice in their communities and all Ms. Kelly can do is talk about "venting" frustration? This is how far Britain has fallen. This is what four decades of mass immigration has done to the UK - and to Europe as a whole. The US - which has opened its borders to tens of millions of Mexicans and other Latinos - should take careful notice. Britain is experiencing the only logical outcome of multiculturalism: ethnic division and rising tensions leading to a cultural breakdown. But the worst hasn't happened yet. Violence is coming to Britain. And not merely on airplanes, but in the streets and between the hedgerows. The left's ideological timebomb is close to exploding.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Gang Colors in LA

The Associated Press reports the apparently startling revelation that Hispanic and black gang members are sometimes motivated by - gasp! - racism when committing crimes against each other.

Alejandro "Bird" Martinez and a crew of fellow gangbangers were joyriding in a stolen van when they came upon a black man parking his car — and decided to kill him.

Three of them riddled Kenneth Kurry Wilson and his Cadillac with bullets from a .357-caliber revolver and a 9 mm semiautomatic and blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun.

This month, Martinez and three other members of the Avenues, a Hispanic gang entrenched in one Los Angeles neighborhood, were convicted of federal hate crimes usually tagged on white supremacists.

Although the slaying was seven years ago, the verdict this month was one in a series of reminders that racially motivated black and Hispanic gang violence is still a Los Angeles reality.

The notion that different non-white racial groups might harbor racial animosity toward each other astonishes no one who has lived in a multi-ethnic city, certainly not anyone living in New York or Los Angeles, but among the leftwing multiculturalist elites, such ideas are abomination. Only whites can be racist, their argument goes, since racism requires power to impose itself and non-whites are perennially powerless in the faceof white supremacy. Of course, this is a gross distortion of the definition of racism, but one necessary to justify the multiculturalist agenda, and to cover up the abundant evidence of its failures. It is also a linguistic ruse needed to morally justify the left and its social-political agenda. But as mulitculturalism has become the entrenched policy of federal, state and local governments, the chorus proclaiming this inanity in the face of overwhelmin evidence has become vociferous. Nevertheless, sometimes the reality is so stark, people begin chaffing against imposed ideological rules of thought.

While some police, academics and even gang members insist racism isn't a factor in the violence, a pair of headline-grabbing killings — of a Hispanic teen by a black assailant described by witnesses as yelling a gang name as he fled and a drive-by shooting by a pair of black gunmen who killed three Hispanics — suggest otherwise.

"If it's not race motivated, if it's not gang motivated, then what the hell is the motivation?" asked South Los Angeles activist Taylor Mayfield after the June 30 drive-by.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca cited tensions between black and Hispanic gangs as he redeployed deputies to the Compton area, where four people were killed in 20 gang shootings during one July weekend. And the federal prosecutor who oversaw the Avenues gang case announced plans to prosecute other gangs involved in race-based violence.

It appears that the racial animosity and violence long on display in the California prison system is driving the conflict between black and Hispanic gangs.

Complicating the current equation are gang members returning from prison, where joining a race-based gang is a means of survival. A war between Hispanic and black prison gangs set off a series of prison riots across California this year in which two people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

"The whole racial thing leaks out into the real world," said Joseph Holguin, 28, who grew up in an East Los Angeles public housing complex as a member of the Primera Flats gang.

In the Avenues case, an informant told the FBI the gang had received an order from the Mexican Mafia prison gang to kill all blacks on sight in their predominantly Hispanic Highland Park neighborhood. Leading up to Wilson's murder, members of the Avenues terrorized other blacks, shooting a 15-year-old boy on a bicycle, pistol-whipping a jogger and drawing outlines of human bodies in a black family's driveway.

The last mass outbreak of black-Hispanic gang warfare was in 1993 and 1994, when two Hispanic gangs took on the black Shoreline Crips, who had cornered drug sales in the beach community of Venice. Eleven people were killed in six months.

However, there appears to be a more immediate and profound case to the current wave of racial violence between black and Hispanic gangs: Hispanics are overwhelming black neighborhoods thanks to illegal immigration.

However, a war that began more than 10 years ago in South Los Angeles with a fight between a Blood and a member of the mostly Hispanic 18th Street Gang continues today.

Los Angeles gang feuds were historically black-on-black, but that changed in the 1990s when Hispanic immigrants moved to Compton and South Los Angeles homes that middle-class blacks were leaving.

The area was 80 percent black and 20 percent Hispanic in 1980, according to an analysis by University of California, Santa Cruz, professor Manuel Pastor. By 2000, it was 60 percent Hispanic, 40 percent black.

Resentment simmered between the recently arrived Hispanics and black holdouts.

"They would try to jump me for not being black," said Mario Bonilla, a 22-year-old Mexican immigrant who spent much of his childhood looking over his shoulder. "They resent us."

Don't try selling that to the elites in Berkeley. But they spend most of their time trying to ignore Mr. Bonilla and his kind anyway.