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Why LL Has a Problem With Leo Alexander’s ‘Anti-Illegal-Immigrant Rhetoric’

In his column this week, LL swatted away the candidacies of two declared challengers to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in order to proffer a half-dozen more suitable candidates.

With regard to Leo Alexander, LL wrote that his "anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric...leaves a bad taste in LL’s mouth."

That led Alexander's communication director, Debra Daniels, to issue a release last night calling LL a "second-rate reporter for having stated the attribution of "anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric"...when you in fact have not even interviewed Leo Alexander." (Even though—yes, Debra—LL did.)

And now Martin Austermuhle has tackled the line in DCist, leading to a vigorous commenter debate.

For sure, Alexander deserves some more meat to be placed on the bones of LL's brief critique. So why does his anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric leave a bad taste in LL's mouth?

Because it's easy, it doesn't solve much at all, and it does so by dividing the city.

Alexander speaks eloquently about how he knows poverty and how he wants to cure poverty. But he betrays little sophistication as to how to do it.

If you're running for mayor of a platform of "eliminating generational poverty," surely you have some better plan than to kick illegal immigrants to the curb so the black Washingtonians you're pandering to can take low-income jobs parking cars and working in hotels? Is that the way out of "generational poverty"?

To be fair, Alexander's Web site doesn't mention his plan to mandate the troubled E-Verify system and it also includes a smattering of proposals to address unemployment, such as "vocational education, apprenticeship training, and partnerships with government, unions, businesses, and universities," not to mention the "mandatory, non-skilled labor percentages on District projects." But he has described none of those ideas in the detail he's put forth for his anti-illegal-immigrant plan in interviews (let alone have any sort of record on the issue).

The problem—identified by every think tank and business organization in town, and most of its politicians—is that the District's unemployed workforce is woefully underprepared to take the jobs that are being created in the District and the region. That's why Kwame Brown's so big on vocational training. Why Michael Brown's big on supporting UDC. And why Adrian Fenty's so goddamn serious about fixing the D.C. Public Schools.

While Alexander's talking about addressing the "root causes" of poverty, his most specific, concrete proposal to address chronic unemployment merely mists its leaves.

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  • homegrown

    Listen, it should not matter whether or not these assholes are dark meat, the 'other' white meat or well spoken, bullshit is bullshit, whether smeared, heaped or packaged! WE THE CITIZENS OF DC SHOULD BE TIRED OF 'DA BULLSHIT' period point blank!
    Fuck PC and feel good rhetoric, I deserve and want the real and this 'image is everything' get's you fukked with or without vaseline....in the end you still got fukked!

  • Truth hurts

    @WARD4DC: You don't need my validation,I got it, but I'm not here to validate anyone. Just pointing out when posters engage in reasonable exchanges of opinions as opposed to when they resort to spewing hater jargon. You and some others have crossed the line. In the process, your credibility suffers.

    Especially idiotic is this ignorant assertion in #37: " Your liberal BS is the reason why the US is in turmoil." You don't know me, that much is plain.

  • WARD4NDC

    There are more than 160 member countries in the United Nations. Let some of those countries take in the Haitians that wish to leave their island home.

    Let us start with the injured. The various nations that make up Central and South America can take in the injured, followed by the relatives of the injured.

    I believe that one can receive first class care in nations such as Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, etc.

    America is not for everyone and not everyone is for America. We have enough problems here with our own people. Let us help our fellow Americans. Let us repair our infrastructure. Let us address poverty here at home. Let us educate our children. We can no longer be the sole savior of the world.

    Let the rest of the world help with the Haitian immigration issue. Let the rest of the world solve the Haitian immigration issue.

  • WARD4NDC

    Truth Hurts kiss my brown ass and go to hell. I don't like you and please don't direct none of your comments towards me. If you don't like what someone have to say, keep it to yourself or ignore them. You are such an annoying asshole!

  • downtown rez

    These back and forths bring this to mind:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativism_(politics)

  • Colombia Heights

    Bringing millions of Haitians here is simply not in the best interests of the United States and its citizens, however well it serves beleaguered Haitians. If OUR OWN GOVERNMENT doesn’t put the best interests of American citizens ahead of the interests of the rest of the world, WHO IS GOING TO? Post-Americanism is right. We are, for all practical purposes, second-class citizens in our own country BEHIND foreigners of all stripes, including the ones who want to kill us and destroy our culture. Our government is supposed to defend us, and our interests first and foremost. That is the basis of the Constitution, and one step back, the Social Contract. Every elected representative, at whatever level of government, needs to be called out on this, beginning with President Obama and members of Congress.

  • noodlez

    downtown rez I BROWSED THE LINK! INTERESTING HISTORY LESSON.

    WE NEED TO INSTITUTE SOME ANTI-SHIT HERE IN DC. IF FOR NO OTHER REASON TO BRING ATTENTION TO OUR BELEAGUERED CITY!

  • Truth Hurts

    @ WARD4NDC: Gee, by comment #54, you apparently forgot about your comment #38. And now you don't like me? Wah, wah, wah! Keep acting the foul mouthed racist fool as demonstrated in your earlier comments. You really expect folks to ignore personal attacks? Like I said, you don't even know me, and you certainly don't intimidate me.

  • WARD4NDC

    Truth Hurts, fuck you and the white horse you rode into D.C. on. Why don't you move back to your hometown in your all lilly white town in middle America? Your constant comments on here shows you whinning like a white liberal who think you are superior to black people. I am not intimidated by you white boy or any white man on the planet earth. Your ancestors lynched, rape, and killed my ancestors. I agree with Howard University Dr. Francis Cress Welsing about white supremacy. Stop responding to me. My original comments were not directed at you. The topic was illegal immigration. If you don't like what others have to say, ignore their comments. Stop whinning like a little girl all the time. It's because of the white man's greed and for cheap labor, the U.S. is in a mess with illegal immigration being out of control. Black neighborhoods have suffering and been displaced in their communities and low level employment thanks to the influx of illegal aliens into the United States. Now that illegal immigration is affecting ordinary white folks, they are complaining about the influx of illegal aliens into their communities.

    Native Washingtonian

  • WARD4NDC

    Truth Hurts, fuck you and the white horse you rode into D.C. on. Why don't you move back to your hometown in your all lilly white town in middle America? Your constant comments on here shows you whinning like a white liberal who think you are superior to black people. I am not intimidated by you white boy or any white man on the planet earth. Your ancestors lynched, rape, and killed my ancestors. I agree with Howard University Dr. Francis Cress Welsing about white supremacy. Stop responding to me. My original comments were not directed at you. The topic was illegal immigration. If you don't like what others have to say, ignore their comments. Stop whinning like a little girl all the time. It's because of the white man's greed and for cheap labor, the U.S. is in a mess with illegal immigration being out of control. Black neighborhoods have suffering and been displaced in their communities and low level employment thanks to the influx of illegal aliens into the United States. Now that illegal immigration is affecting ordinary white folks, they are complaining about the influx of illegal aliens into their communities.

    Native Washingtonian

  • Columbia Heights

    Correction:

    Truth Hurts, screw you and the white horse you rode into D.C. on. Why don't you move back to your hometown in your all lily white town in middle America? Your comments on here shows you complaining like a white liberal valley girl who think you are superior to black people. I am not intimidated by you white boy or any white man on the planet earth. Your ancestors lynched, rape, and killed my ancestors and the ancestors of slaves living today should get reparations from the U.S. Government. I agree with Howard University Professor Dr. Francis Cress Welsing regarding white supremacy. Read her book entitled "The Isis Papers". Stop responding to me Truth Hurts! My original comments were not directed at you. The topic was illegal immigration and Leo Alexander being a xenophobe. If you don't like what others have to say, ignore their comments. It's because of the white man's greed and for cheap labor, the U.S. is in a mess with illegal immigration being out of control. Black neighborhoods have suffered and we have been displaced in our communities and lost jobs in construction, hospitality, housekeeping, thanks to the influx of illegal aliens into the United States. Now that illegal immigration is affecting ordinary white folks, they are complaining about the influx of illegal aliens into their communities and the majority white Congress are beginning to listen with the election of Senator elect Scott Brown from Massachusetts.

    Native Washingtonian

  • Columbia Heights

    WARD4DC, I can tell by your anger, you didn't get your thoughts across well to this idiot. I too am black and I am sick of these condescending whites posting on this blog. There true color came out on this blog and on the Third District's list serve about he snow ball fight last month at 14th & U Streets, NW. Many so called liberal whites used the words nigger and other racist terms to identify that black MPD Detective. If this had been blacks or black Howard University students at this location throwing snow balls at a major D.C. intersection, the whites involved last month would have called the police on them. Whites still have their double standards in this country. One for themselves and one for blacks in America.

    Jay
    Ward 1 Resident

  • Skipper

    How did this becoem the therapy session for Ward4DC? What a nutty lady she is!

  • Truth Hurts

    @WARD4NDC aka Columbia Heights: It took you 3 tries to change "fuck you" to "screw you"? Priceless.

    Native Washingtonian (51 years)

  • WARD4DC

    Skipper aka Truth Hurts, you both can go to hell. I doubt if you are a native Washingtonian white boy and have lived here all 51 years of your life. Whites like you, I don't like, because of your white supremacy complex. You are a racist cracker.

  • Truth hurts

    WARD4DC: Read your posts and then read mine. Only one of us spews racist nonsense, and it surely isn't me.

  • WARD4DC

    Truth Hurts, heres the deal, I will never make any comments to you in the future regarding your comments or opinions. Please don't direct anymore comments directly to me. If you don't like what I have to say, ignore my comments. Others have different opinions than yours. On the issue of illegal immigration, the majority of U.S. citizens don't support it and are fed up with the large influx of illegal aliens in the United States.

  • Typical DC BS

    Truth Hurts - too bad in your 51 years you've lost intelligence. Your reading comprehension skills are atrocious. You can't even summarize, let alone cite my "quote", accurately. You must be a DC school graduate.

  • Truth hurts

    @Typical DC BS: My reading comprehension is great, but you're correct that I inadvertantly identified comment #37 (your post) in a response to WARD4DC's comment #38. The mistake should've been obvious given that my post was addressed to Ward4, not you. Regardless, my bad. Sorry.

    @WARD4DC: Sounds reasonable. I have no problem with people expressing their opinions -- that's what blog comments are all about. And I don't condone illegal immigration, and you seemingly believe. I do, however, reject racism and hate speech. So let's move on, be civil, and squash the beef.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Truth hurts: Bravo. Nice response. Still surprised so many read these comments.

    Personally, I love the vitriol on these blog comments. Better to get it all out here in cyberspace. Maybe it helps in reducing rage elsewhere in our lives and we may learn something here about our fellow citizens.

  • downtown rez

    That's right, hug it out.

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