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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

It’s about immigrants, all immigrants

In today’s New York Times there is an op-ed about Saint Patrick’s Day being not so much about the Irish as immigrants. In his op-ed Mr. Behrens points out that before the Irish immigration, caused in part by the great famine, there the word “immigrant” was not used. The people that came to America before the Irish were either settlers or slaves.

Immigrant is not a proud name it’s a name put upon people along with some other names:

“It’s embarrassing to listen to prosperous 21st-century Americans with Irish surnames lavish on Mexican or Central American immigrants the same slurs — “dark,” “dirty,” “violent,” “ignorant” — once slapped on our own, possibly shoeless, forebears. The Irish were seen as unclean, immoral and dangerously in thrall to a bizarre religion. They were said to be peculiarly prone to violence. As caricatured by illustrators like Thomas Nast in magazines like Harper’s Weekly, “Paddy Irishman,” low of brow and massive of jaw, was more ape than human, fists trailing on the ground when they weren’t cocked and ready for brawling.”
Brooklin, Me.

I would add one thing about people we call “immigrants”. When they first come here they find jobs, sometimes several jobs a day. They save most of their money, and work together with family and friends. When they are ready they buy or create a small business. After a generation they are business leaders in their communities. After several generations they are ready to call new people coming here by that derogatory name; “immigrant”. It happened about that way with the Irish, Polish and Italians.
The Mexican immigrants in Chester County are now at the business owner stage. As a group, Mexican Americans are one of the drivers of Chester County’s economy.
If Mexican, Indian and several other nationalities of people did not migrate to Chester County, PA, USA real estate salesmen would have a more difficult time selling the mansion style 7 bedroom homes built in Chester County in the early 21 Century. 

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