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REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS RACIST TO THINK THAT ILLEGAL ALIENS MIGHT BE MEXICANS? | 2003-01-11

Since I am the only American who has a memory, let me remind you of a liberal campaign that was under way before September 11, 2001. Nobody, but nobody mentions it today.

Minority leaders were appearing on national television demanding that profiling on the Mexican border be stopped. They said that blond people were being allowed into the United States while brown people who spoke little English were being stopped and checked.

This, they said, was racism.

If you want to be a respectable conservative and get on national television, you never remind liberals of anything that might embarrass them. If somebody showed what liberals were saying about profiling on the Mexican border before September 11 they would be humiliated.

So, I am the only person who will bring this up.

Minority spokesmen were also tearfully pointing out that poor black kids in an affluent neighborhood were far more likely to be checked out by the police than were middle-aged whites in limousines.

This, too, was Hitlerism.

All this was serious stuff. I remember Vice President Cheney getting on TV and choking up at the idea that black people, just because black people commit ten times as many crimes a whites, might be checked more often by police than white people are.

Nobody has heard a word of any of this since September 11.

Does anybody care to guess why?