Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Workin' in New Orleans

Latin American immigrants -- with and without papers -- come here to do work Americans won't do, and many of them get screwed over by shady employers.

This time it's not Texas or California or Florida, but the Crescent City, where the Dallas Morning News reports Latinos might comprise one-fifth of New Orleans' population after Hurricane Katrina:
In New Orleans, as in other cities, Latin migrants can be found in some of the most menial jobs. Yet even as employers readily snap up the new workforce in a city that has lost two-thirds of its population, some politicians and residents decry the arrivals as an economic threat.

And, like elsewhere, many encounter poor working conditions, get gouged for housing and endure mistreatment from bosses who stiff workers. There are some worker advocate groups in New Orleans -- the National Immigration Law Center and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network have people in the city -- but it sounds like these immigrants really have it tough in what the DMN headline calls a "Wild West" town.

Of course, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin doesn't help with by wondering how to "stop New Orleans from being overrun by Mexican workers" back in October. His remarks on Martin Luther King Day that "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be." convey the message that New Orleans doesn't want Hispanic immigrants.

Meanwhile, these workers are busting their asses to rebuild his city. Some gratitude.

5 Comments:

Blogger JB said...

It's a travesty. Latinos do most of the work even Blacks don't want to do, said Mex. Pres. Vicente Fox in an ill-worded quip about his people's plight and migration. Fox was wrong to downgrade the efforts of Blacks, no doubt. The Black community rightfully came down hard on him, but where are they on Nagin? Better yet, where's LULAC and Raza Unida on this issue? Doesn't Nagin's racist bane poison the dignity of the downgraded Latino? Are Latino groups too afraid to take on the domestic supporters of left-wing agendas? Black activists weren't afraid on taking on Latino sympathies. Let's see if Latino groups can find the right artful phrasings for their condemnation of Black leaders.

9:00 AM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Can one imagine the outrage if say ,Tom delay said what Mayor naggin (sic) said? There'd be rioting and clotting in the streets ! My qustion is why won't these same blacks rebiuild their OWN city? 'Cuz they won't work when they can get welfare,section 8 rent , and free lap dance cards . I 've never known blacks to be resourcefull like my latino bruthas. My bruthas will at least work manual laber until something better comes along. Blacks won't work period ! For now they will wait unitl their city is rebuilt , then they'll return to demand better housing , more food stamps , more diapers for all those illegitimate kids. Though I don't support or agree with vicente the fox, he's dead right on this one!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Mack Harrison said...

How the hell can you generalize like that about an entire class of people? Your statement is extremely bigoted and doesn't even make sense. How do you know "Blacks won't work period"? Is this true of every black person you've encountered? Every black person in the country? Have you conducted a scientific survey of African-American employment? Or are you just employing a crude stereotype that you would call if someone applied it to your ethnic group? Try thinking about what you type before disparaging an entire race.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Mack Harrison said...

That next-to-last sentence should read, "Or are you just employing a crude stereotype that you would call racist if someone applied it to your ethnic group?"

8:45 PM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Facts are many latinos don't esspeak eengleech to well either. True, I won't bust a vein if someone made a stereotypical comment, 'cus its mostly true or at the very least accurate. Question, who makes up most of the prison population? Blacks and latinos! Why 'cuz they commit the most crimes , period! Its not some white-man made conspiracy. The "man" is not the cause of these so called "injustices", THEY themselves are the cause ! Just facts , hell most , if not all , of their victims were their same black and latino bruthas dude! Trust me on this. Why is it when the truth is poosted, its called bigoted? Can't we be truthful here in the valley without having to be being politically correct? Guess not huh?

10:49 AM  

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