I’m still trying to get my head around something I read a day or two back.
Chain migration is a term used by demographers since the 1960s to refer to the social process by which immigrants from a particular town follow others from that town to a particular destination city or neighborhood. The destination may be in another country or in a new, usually urban, location within the same country.
Chain migration can be defined as a “movement in which prospective migrants learn of opportunities, are provided with transportation, and have initial accommodation and employment arranged by means of primary social relationships with previous migrants.” Or, more simply put: “The dynamic underlying ‘chain migration’ is so simple that it sounds like common sense: People are more likely to move to where people they know live, and each new immigrant makes people they know more likely to move there in turn.
Seems simple enough. Chain migration is something that’s probably been going on in places like the USA since the time of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1630. When your brother or your uncle was already living there, it was easy for you to migrate as well. And once you were living there too, it was easier for your sister or your mother to follow in your footsteps. One migrant pulls other migrants behind him, and they draw in yet more migrants. That’s how the “chain” works.
“Chain-smoking” works the same way. The first cigarette is used to light the second cigarette, and second cigarette is used to light the third.
But when Donald Trump mentioned “chain migration”, this was Senator Dick Durbin’s response:
“When it came to the issue of, quote, ‘chain migration,’ I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe they migrated to America in chains and when you talk about chain migration, it hurts them personally. He said, ‘Oh, that’s a good line.'”
That’s crazy. That’s just barking mad. Durbin seems to be saying that you shouldn’t use words like “chain” in front of African-Americans, because it will instantly remind them of slavery.
Maybe you shouldn’t use words like “slave” either? Or “master”? Or “plantation”?
I wondered what a real African-American like Thomas Sowell would have thought of this. I think he’d probably have burst out laughing.
It seemed to me that it all said much more about Dick Durbin than Donald Trump or African-Americans. It’s probably only the Durbins of the world who get triggered by words like “chain”. Because it’s white male Americans like Durbin who are still feeling guilty and ashamed of slavery in the USA prior to about 1850.
Maybe that’s what the “liberal” mindset is all about: guilt and shame. Shame over the misdeeds of past generations.
It’s not just slavery they’re ashamed about. They’re ashamed about everything. And here in the UK I guess we’re supposed to feel ashamed of the Industrial Revolution, and the British Empire, and probably about 300 other things as well.
Everyone’s got something to be ashamed about. And some people get crippled by shame and guilt. And Dick Durbin is one of them. And so also, most likely, are all the Nancy Pelosis and Diane Feinsteins. They’re all crippled by shame.
I was thinking this morning that the Roman Empire probably imploded when the Romans just started feeling thoroughly ashamed of themselves that they’d gone and conquered every country around the Mediterranean, and far beyond. And, worse still, despoiled them with cities and roads and aqueducts. And they probably sent delegations to all the places they’d invaded to apologise for what their ancestors had done.
Anyway, here’s a piece of music that Senator Durbin probably doesn’t like: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. And in it the refrain is that they would “never break the chain”, which of course meant that the black slaves working in the cotton fields should never be set free.