The subject of immigrants came up in a local conversation. People who read this column know I love and respect LEGAL immigrants of various cultures. I have special fondness for Poles, Russians, Cubans, Copts, Dominicans, Phillipinos, Indians and Guyanese and countless other groups. I have interacted with many people from these cultures as friends and coworkers. On numerous occasions I was privilaged to date women from some of the above cultures.
Imagine the horror when I heard ethnic slurs and stereotypes of blacks and these immigrant groups at my local bar. There is some truth that some of the drug dealing up here is done by Blacks. However they are far from the only people doing that evil function. Moreover their customers are overwhelmingly white.
Immigrants are blamed for high taxes and taking welfare. I readily pointed to white people we knew who haven't worked in years and are literaly drunk six days out of seven. In fact there was a joke about a local friend that I fill up my car at the gas station and pass her a bottle of Vodka.
I do not understand the illogical hatred for people that the locals have never even met. How many Dominicans or Guyanese do you know ? Then kindly shut up. The amazing part is the fear and hatred is related almost to the distance. Vermont is not as progressive as some think. I never heard talk like this in NYC ever except for the Anti Semitic and Hindoooooo fulminations from the Comuleft in Union Square. For the record all of these bigots were also against the war.