The Vital Question Before America’s Working Class 

Several dozen working-age Latino males stood in line at the walk-up window of a local bank in Greensboro, Georgia. The window had been installed supposedly to accommodate the deluge of illegal immigrants sending remittance transfers to their families in Mexico and Central America. 

Attorney Joe Garcia (a pseudonym) watched from the parking lot, confounded by the scene before him. As the son of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States legally, it troubled Garcia to see so many foreign nationals transferring money out of the country while scores of American citizens remained unemployed in his community. 

“I’m obviously a proponent of legal immigration,” said Garcia, “but this ‘open borders’ insanity is hurting my community. They say Americans won’t do these jobs. The truth is, they don’t want to pay Americans to do these jobs. People see what’s going on. They think it’s pointless to even try looking for work now. Their spirits are defeated.” 

 Defeatism among working-class Americans is the desired outcome for ruling-class elites, whose goal is to subvert and replace the native working class with a new, more obedient serf class from Latin America. To achieve this goal, the elites have sowed division between the black and white communities and institutionalized propaganda designed to defeat the spirits of both groups. This Machiavellian scheme has taken a heavy toll on the psyche of America’s working class. 

 For the last three decades, white Americans have been subjected to an unrelenting drumbeat of “diversity” messaging from academia, corporate media, politicians, Silicon Valley, Hollywood luminaries, CEOs, central bankers, military brass, and even the CIA. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama never missed an opportunity to remind white Americans that “diversity is our strength.”

Translation: you aren’t. 

 Victor Davis Hanson observes that among America’s elites, the term diversity simply means “nonwhite.” In an essay for American Greatness, Hanson explains how wokeism—the new religion of elite progressives—canonized a “damnation of all things ‘white’ with a new definition of diversity as simply all those, without any affinity, who claim to be bound together by being nonwhite.” 

 Hiring policies at some of America’s largest corporations are a prima facie illustration of what “diversity” means in practice. United Airlines recently announced that it would no longer select candidates for pilot training based solely on their qualifications. Instead, the company will select candidates by skin color, and cap white males to no more than 50 percent of the slots available in its pilot training schools. Hanson points out that similar race-based selection policies would likely carry over into “the military, entertainment, education, and . . . everything from movie roles to book contracts to national awards.”

 Admissions policies at America’s elite colleges and universities also provide a case study on the elites’ definition of “diversity.” A Center for Equal Opportunity report found that “for the sake of campus diversity, many colleges and universities pass over white and Asian applicants with better academic preparation, favoring blacks and (to a lesser extent) Hispanics.” 

Take Yale for example: a 2018 Justice Department investigation found that “race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year,” and “whites have only one-eighth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials.” At Princeton, meanwhile, “diversity” seems to mean limiting the percentage of white students to about half their representation in the overall population. According to a recent Daily Mail article on Ivy League admissions, whites are similarly underrepresented at all Ivy League schools.

 The message to white Americans is clear: You need not apply. We don’t serve your kind here. 

 In addition to discrimination from America’s most powerful institutions, working-class whites are also publicly derided by America’s most powerful people. The Beltway corps d’elite has branded them irredeemable deplorables, bitter clingers, morons, illiterates, credulous boomer rubes, chumps, ugly folks and smelly people. They are mocked for the way they speak and how they dress. 

 Is it any wonder that working-class white Americans believe the system is rigged against them? 

 Author J. D. Vance explored the deleterious impact this messaging has on the psyches of working-class whites in his book Hillbilly Elegy. According to Vance:

You can’t believe these things and participate meaningfully in a society. Social psychologists have shown that group belief is a powerful motivator in performance. When groups perceive that it’s in their interest to work hard and achieve things, members of that group outperform other similarly situated individuals. It’s obvious why: If you believe that hard work pays off, then you work hard; if you think it’s hard to get ahead even when you try, then why try at all?

 Author Barbara from Harlem believes this “no need to try mentality” is also pervasive in the black community. In her book Escaping the Racism of Low Expectations, Barbara explains how the Democratic Party has evangelized a message of defeatism to black Americans for generations. “Too many of my fellow black Americans mistakenly believe that America is too racist to succeed,” she writes. 

Barbara explains how blacks are taught from a young age that America is a racist country; that evil, white people have rigged the system against them, and that only with the constant aid of government (via the Democratic Party) can they prosper. As a result of this toxic indoctrination, she says blacks are “stuck in a permanent underclass, believing that government is their savior, because they are the victims of this ‘racist’ country.” Like Vance, Barbara believes the elites’ noxious messaging has devastated her community. “The damage to the psyche of a large percentage of the black population is almost incalculable,” she writes. 

 The messages of defeatism being force-fed to black and white Americans are pernicious. 

Joe Biden recently said illegal aliens are “more American than most Americans.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called illegal aliens the “true and legitimate heirs . . . of our founders.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said illegal aliens are “kind of what the American Dream represents.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg both have called for U.S. taxpayers to pay reparations to illegal immigrants. Prominent voices in the American ruling class have promised free money, free education, free healthcare, free housing, citizenship, and jobs to all those who come in defiance of the law. 

 The true twin impetuses behind the elites’ courtship of Latin America’s poor are money and (most of all) power. Washington, D.C. is awash in lobbying cash from corporations who want cheap, immigrant labor, and census data shows that a majority of illegal immigrants are dependent upon government welfare programs—the elites believe this makes them reliable Democratic voters. Democrats know if they can change the demography of Texas (just enough to turn it blue) and get one more blanket amnesty bill through Congress, they will achieve their ultimate goal: permanent political dominion over the United States.

Cesar Chavez understood that flooding the labor market with low-skilled foreign nationals undermines American workers because illegal aliens will always undercut American citizens in the marketplace. But with the globalist elites now firmly back in control of the U.S. government, the floodgates are open. Customs and Border Protections’ data show that over 500,000 migrants have entered the United States illegally since January 20. This sudden influx of competition will hurt working-class Americans most—the migrants won’t compete in the elite’s upscale job market. 

 A divided working class is impotent, and exists only at the mercy of the elites who want to replace it. A united working class has power, and is the elites’ greatest fear. American citizens, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, must reject the elites’ messages of defeatism and division. They must unite in defense of their right as citizens to pursue the American Dream. United, they can replace the politicians who want to replace them, and secure a government that serves the interests of its people over those of its corporate donors. Whether or not working-class Americans can unify may prove to be the essential question of our time.  

 

About Charlie Eastman

Charlie Eastman’s writing has appeared in American Greatness, The Daily Caller, and The Washington Times. He is also a contributor at Bassmaster Magazine, Bass Angler Magazine, and others.

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