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Paris Burning...LA Next?

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We hadn't seen much connection between the riots in Parisian suburbs and Los Angeles but according to Fred Hutchison at Renew America, the connection is obvious: our liberal mind is just too addled to see it.

Mr. Hutchison blames the riots on multicultural liberalism and the infusion of Muslims in France without much effort of assimilation, a strong police force or political will. We can get down with the idea that the police response to the situation was lacking and that the rapid infusion of people into a new culture and society is always filled with potential for violence but multicultural liberalism is the problem? Really?

Hutchison also argues that the continued arrival of illegal immigrants from Mexico and South America threatens to put America, and California in particular, in the same position as France in a generation:

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America is being inundated by a flood of illegal aliens from Mexico and Latin America. The sheer numbers of those sneaking across the border are too great to assimilate in orderly fashion...Drugs, criminals, kidnappers, and terrorists easily cross the border...The liberal education establishment is mimicking the French in their advocacy of teaching classes in Spanish, glorifying Hispanic culture, and ignoring America's cultural traditions.

Because the southwestern part of this country has nothing to do with Latinos right? We should ignore the cultural heritage of a major part of California's population in schools because assimilation into American culture is most important. Who gets to decide what counts as "American culture"?Hutchison continues:

Is Paris burning? Yes. Will San Diego and Los Angeles be burning a generation from now? Maybe. It does not have to happen. If America changes its course on border control, law enforcement, illegal aliens, and assimilation, the nightmare can be avoided. It is high time that the Army be sent to police the border. A national dialogue about how many and what kind of legal immigrants we will accept is imperative. The lawless Hispanic teen gangs in San Diego, Los Angeles, and other large cities must be put out of business by strict law enforcement and curfews in gang-infested neighborhoods. The schools should teach Hispanic teens American history, law, culture, patriotism, and civic values and throw multiculturalists programs into the waste basket. Our goal must be assimilation and integration, not separate cultural enclaves.

Of course! We're sure the Watts Riots and the '92 Riots had everything to do with a lack of teaching American history, law, etc. and nothing to do with social inequality and injustice.We agree that a national dialogue on immigration is an important one. We're just not ready to position the argument in terms that encourages the disenfranchisement and criminalization of our neighbors and friends or to compare what happens in our state to a situation in France that doesn't look much like America.

A 12 day riot with just one death? That's not very American at all.