It’s easy to forget at this late date how verboten the subject of illegal immigration was among average Americans even as recently as the late nineties.
In my opinion it took the Minutemen going to the border and drawing attention to the problem to create the possibility of a discussion and ultimately public activism. As an interesting data point there were between nine and twelve amnesties granted during the nineties, depending on how you count them, but post-Minutemen our traitorous elites have not been able to slip even one more through, though God knows not for a lack of effort.
So the question becomes could WN’s build on this same framework? The border is, in my opinion, where the heat of racial issues is sizzling the loudest. And no matter how much the Minutemen may have complained I can tell you from personal experience that many of its members were well aware of the racial component.
And there is some history here…
Although Chris Simcox and Jim Gilchrist are seen as the fathers of the Minuteman movement, citizen vigilante border patrols are not a new concept. Simcox and Gilchrist are following in the footsteps of other anti-immigrant activists before them, and it is well-trodden ground.
Klansmen were on the Mexican border 28 years before the Minutemen co-opted the concept. And they were talking about the Hispanic immigration threat more than five decades before that.
In 1926, Klan Imperial Wizard H.W. Evans warned that “to the South of us thousands of Mexicans, many of them Communist, are waiting a chance to cross the Rio Grande and glut the labor marts of the Southwest.”
In an article that traces the history of the Klan in San Diego from the 1920s through the 1970s, The Journal of San Diego History describes an atmosphere of fear that persisted for decades. “Any Mexican worker who challenged authority or appeared suspicious of one thing or another would forfeit his life,” Mercedes Acasan Garcia, a maid during the 1920s, said in a 1979 interview. Garcia tearfully recalled lynchings, whippings and burnings of Hispanics. “Since they were ragged wetbacks, nobody cared who they were and nothing was done about it.”
With such a history of anti-immigrant violence, Klan boss David Duke and his California leader, Tom Metzger, had little trouble directing the energies of their followers to the Mexican border a half century later.
In 1977, after shoring up their ranks with Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan kicked off its Klan Border Watch. Klansmen were supposed to drive the border from Texas to the Pacific Ocean in a caravan, instructed to report suspicious people to the Border Patrol. Media attention was huge, and cameras at times outnumbered Klansmen eight to one. The event wasn’t much more than a publicity stunt, although Metzger boasted of leading 500 volunteers from four states.
Metzger split with Duke in 1979, critical of what he saw as Duke’s showmanship and inveterate womanizing. But, in the spring of 1980, Metzger formed his own rogue Klan chapter and led a “security force” of around 40 Klansmen to John Landes Park in Oceanside, vowing to rid it of Mexicans. Metzger’s followers carried black shields emblazoned with “KKK” in white letters. They wielded bats, chains and nightsticks and wore hockey masks and helmets. Some brought attack dogs. Protesters met the Klansmen at the park and pelted them with rocks. Seven people were injured.
That same year, Metzger parlayed the attention he had gained, along with growing anti-immigrant sentiment, into a victory in the Democratic primary for his local congressional district. He got some 33,000 votes, although he lost the general election handily.
I think Tom metzger hits the nail on the head here…
Today, Metzger is dismissive of the staying power of the Minutemen. “They remind me of the big splash about the militias a few years ago,” he told the Intelligence Report. “When the Murrah Building in OKC went up they all disappeared. The Minutemen are similar and when the blood really flows on the border, most will be long gone. They go out of their way to claim not to be racist. They are hypocrites of the worst order. They go on and on that they want no racists among them. What a joke.”
And when is the last time you heard anything from the Minutemen? Gilchrist? Simcox? Is the border sealed? The problem solved, obviously not. Yet they are off the national stage for the usual reasons; the lack of a second act, internal squabbling and accusations of racism.
So could WN’s make use of the border issue for their own ends? I think this is possible but the looming question in my mind is who would be the face of this effort? If it were costumed clowns I think it would be sunk before it was even begun.
But if it were an organization like the Council of Conservative Citizens I think there is a real possibility that something like this could thrust the modern WN movement into the mainstream. The key as I see it will be for the movement to be perceived as manned by “regular folks” like the Tea Party is and the Minutemen were.
I may be dreaming a little here but I will remind you that as much as we mock the Minutemen today they were not completely feckless, they did move the ball some distance down the ideological field.
So what say you? Is this a possibility? Or will the usual infighting amongst WN’s render this a moot point before we even begin the discussion? And if it were up to you who would you like to see running this operation and what should the goals be?
UPDATE: well this is timely…
“Six to seven bullets went through a west-facing wall this afternoon at City Hall.
The shots hit City Hall about 4:50 p.m., about the same time as a shooting in west Juárez near the Rio Grande.
El Paso police officials believe it appears the shots came from Juarez.
One bullet entered the ninth-floor office of Assistant City Manager Pat Adauto. There were no injuries.”