Opening up Pandora’s Boxes appear to be the American Left’s speciality.
The normalization of reparations for Blacks discourse has been one of the most transformative developments over the last four years. In previous decades, a policy suggestion of that nature would have been laughed out the venue. But now we’re in 2020, where anything is possible.
Now, racial reparations are being openly discussed not just for Blacks but also for Hispanics.
In a book titled, Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism, University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor Laura Gomez is pushing for the United States, more specifically, Whites, to dole out reparations to the Hispanic community.
Per Gomez’s website, the book’s main thesis centers around “the how and why of Latinx identity becoming a distinctive racial identity.” In addition, the website says, “this book explains how and why Latinos became cognizable as a racial group— a racial group that is Other and inferior to Whites.”
She responded to one of the questions by pushing for reparations for Latinos.
“Thankfully, we’re talking a lot more about reparations to African Americans. I think that’s a long-overdue conversation. How do we repair the damage that racism has done?” she inquired. Gomez argued that “because of the way that American military, government, and corporations infiltrated Central America and destroyed the indigenous way of life, and slaughtered so many people. People in Central America should get asylum here, like we had asylum for the Vietnamese, for Cubans. We must allow those folks in.”
In a similar vein, Gomez believes that granting amnesty to illegal aliens in America could also function as a form of reparations.
“Another is amnesty, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented persons who are here, have not committed violent crimes, and can prove that they’ve been here for a certain amount of time,” she stated. “Again, we’re looking at a different story of anti-Latino racism. And so what does that suggest in terms of what we might do as a society to make amends, repair the relationship, and bring people into the fold as full-fledged Americans.”
One can argue about the merits of previous U.S. interventions in Latin America. Most America First nationalists would agree that the American government should not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries that do not do the same to the U.S. Nor should the government appease defense corporations by getting involved in never-ending conflicts in regions that are of no national interest to the U.S.
But it’s another to argue that the U.S. should open the floodgates to foreigners simply because the country made mistakes in the past. We can acknowledge our policy errors but also make it clear that the European character of the U.S. must be maintained if we want to continue having a functional state. We should not let the politics of guilt cloud our better judgement.