January 27, 2020

When Immigrants Are Told to "Be Grateful"

“In June, I published a book — This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s ­Manifesto — ­­arguing that immigration is a form of rep­a­ra­tions. It drew forth a fusillade of ­hatred — on Twitter, in my inbox, under the rocks of 4chan and ­Reddit — suggesting that I return to India. One reviewer on Amazon called for me to be “skinned alive” and to go back to my “turd-world country.” Someone else tweeted, “This cockroach needs sent back to whatever s—hole he crawled out of.”

Meanwhile, University of Penn­syl­vania law professor Amy Wax, in a speech at the National Conservatism Conference, said I had argued that “immigrants should not join the mainstream or try to preserve and protect what makes America great, but should just take over from the ‘white power structure.'”

I’ve said no such thing, of course. Wax accused immigrants like me of being culturally inferior: “Most inhabitants of the Third World don’t necessarily share our ideas and beliefs … Our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites.””

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