April 8, 2008
Wikipedia: President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, established with Executive Order 13050, was a critical element in President Clinton's effort to prepare his country to embrace its growing diversity as its greatest strength in the 21st century."
The Initiative, featuring
John Hope Franklin
and his panel, visited San Jose February 10–11, 1998.
The second day had a guest panel featuring several liberal professors and Robert Woodson (black), addressing the issue of race and poverty with an audience of 200. Woodson differed with the rest in that he didn’t like blacks being portrayed as victims, in need of white help.
Then I spoke from the audience: “One of the causes of persistent poverty in America, is President Clinton’s support of an immigration policy that brings in massive numbers of Third Worlders, most of whom are in poverty. In other words we import poverty. In fact, so many Third Worlders are being imported, that our racial composition is being transformed. European Americans, who used to be 88% of the population, are declining at 4 percentage points per decade.”
The crowd hisses and boos. The moderator reminds them that this is supposed to be a dialogue.
So I continue: “The Chinese claim the land of China to be theirs exclusively and forever. The Indians claim the land of India to be theirs exclusively and forever. And of course the Mexicans claim the land of Mexico to be theirs exclusively and forever. Nobody complains.” The audience is quiet because they have no problem with other nations claiming their own land.
“But when we Americans claim the land of America” my voice rising in defiance, “to be ours, exclusively and forever, we are called ‘racists’”!! The audience is in an uproar, shouting me down, and the moderator is signaling me to stop. But I have one more comment: “For us to be called ‘racists’, is like the thief who calls his victim a ‘materialist’“.
Later the panel breaks up and reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and KQED (Channel 9) come by to get my name. The San Francisco Examiner stays for and interview. I also interviewed with the News Observer of Durham NC.
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In the hallway, I continue to debate with a few people. KGO (Channel 7) joins in. Channel 7 carries ABC and is one of the Bay area’s top rated stations. This is what they broadcast:
KGO narrator: “And there were verbal confrontations
away from the panel discussions. One man, calling himself a voice for
European-Americans, was challenged when he argued for a return to a
predominantly white America.”
Perry Lorenz: “All nations of the world, in order to preserve their unique characteristics, exclude those who are unlike themselves.”
Young European American lady: “And that is nothing to be proud of. That is nothing to be proud of.”
Perry Lorenz: “That is the nature ...”
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That night I
spoke with Michael Savage on the KSFO talk-radio show for 5 or 10 minutes.
Initially he was sympathetic. But when I pointed out that Sweden, Japan, and
North Dakota are homogeneous areas, and consequently have no racial conflicts,
he objected. “Are you saying blacks shouldn’t be here?” I asked what would be
wrong if black Americans had their own government, their own land, and their own
society, in which they occupied every position from top to bottom? “Are you a
Nazi?” No. “Are you uncomfortable with blacks or Asians?” We had moved from a
conversation to an interrogation, in which he would talk over me if I said
anything other than a one word answer. Of course it’s his show. Earlier I had
said that the Kurds, as nation, have a right to their own government. “I don’t
want to talk about the Kurds. I want to talk about America.” He didn’t want an
example that the audience might extrapolate to our own people. Still, I got to
say quite a bit, and I believe a significant fraction of his conservative
audience would agree with me.
I’ve noticed a leftist retort that is becoming quite common: “What are you afraid of?” It implies a psychiatric problem or cowardice. My favorite answer: “Nothing.” “The issue is protecting our nation against demographic aggression.”
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The following article is from the San
Jose Mercury News, Thursday, 2-12-98, by De Tran, Ariana E. Cha and Edwin
OUTBURSTS PRODUCE MORE RACE DIALOGUE
... Tuesday’s forum heated up after Lou Calabro, president of the San Jose-based European American Issues Forum, criticized the panel for not having “representation of European-Americans.” Even though three of the seven board members are white, they don’t represent “European-American views” because they are too liberal, Calabro said.
[Calabro provoked a response from white Governor Winter.]
The forum exploded after a white man in a baseball cap started shouting and interrupting other speakers. He was led away by police, shouting, “We want our own land.” ...
Silicon Valley has “a remarkable mix of people, but I didn’t think this translated into paradise,” said historian John Hope Franklin, the panel chairman. ...
[This remarkable insight leads me to believe that race panels will not be initiated in the future.]
Lester Lee, a Chinese-American high-tech executive who watched Tuesday’s forum on cable TV. “The more we talk about race, the more we create a race problem. You make people realize that you’re asking a certain group of people to make room for another group.”
Remnants of the angry, racially loaded discourse from the forum the night before flared up during Wednesday’s sessions at Independence High, which featured mainly expert testimony on the relationship between race and poverty.
A white audience member said that the United States belongs to European-Americans. [Actually my view is that Third Worlders who have come here since The Treason of 1965 have no historical claim on the land.] U.S. immigration policy is “importing poverty” into the country and making whites the minority, said Perry Lorenz.
“Chinese claim China as their land, exclusively and forever,” Lorenz said to boos and catcalls. “But when we Americans claim this land to be our land, exclusively and forever, we are called racists.”
Matthew Snipp, a Stanford University sociology professor, retorted: “As an American Indian, I feel that I’ve had issues with immigration for a long time.”
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I’d like to thank Lou Calabro for his
persistence in pursuit of a “seat at the table,” which I hope we will have in
the not-to-distant future. After he negotiates and end to all immigration, I’d
like him to start working on increasing our fraction of the population by 4
percentage points per decade (our current rate of decline).
I’d also like to thank the "white man in a baseball cap" for providing the drama and the passion. Although it was difficult even for me to sit through (given my temperament, and his language), I am sure, for the audience, it was pure punishment! Long after the panel has forgotten Lou’s speech, and mine, they will remember his tongue lashing, and hope that it does not signal an awakening of American nationalism.
Perry Lorenz is an electrical engineer specializing in integrated circuit design. Email him.