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Asians push amnesty, claim discrimination at Georgia polls

March 12, 2013
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund claims Asians in Georgia were mistreated at polls in 2012.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund claims Asians in Georgia were mistreated at the polls in 2012.

As the US Supreme Court decides whether or not to continue to force some Southern States to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (a Federal law which restricts the rights of Southern States), another racial group is claiming discrimination at the poll: Asians. Dan Klepal reported the story for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Asian American voters in Georgia had a range of problems during the 2012 presidential election, including being improperly asked to show proof of citizenship at the polls, not having access to translators or interpreters when reviewing ballots, and having their names misspelled on voter rolls.

That’s according to poll data released last week by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that surveyed more than 9,000 Asians at polling locations in 14 states — including Georgia, where 361 voters were interviewed in Suwanee, Norcross, Duluth and Doraville.

The organisation did not indicate how many of the 361 Georgia voters polled actually experienced any difficulties, but it does not appear to have been as significant as they are trying to make it seem.

Glenn Magpantay, an attorney and director of the non-profit’s Democracy Program, said the overall number of problems experienced by Asians in the four Georgia cities was relatively small, but significant all the same.

For example, voters should not be asked to produce proof of citizenship on Election Day because they already did that during the registration process, he said.

“Much of the talk about the Voting Rights Act has been about the African-American and Latino communities. None of it has been discussed with regard to the Asian community and the impact overturning it would have on that emerging demographic,” Magpantay said. “We think it’s a powerful tool to protect those rights in the future.”

Magpantay acknowledged that Georgia isn’t mandated by law to provide translators on Election Day, but said his organization has for years requested that service to make voting “accessible to all of Georgia’s voters.”

It is indeed remarkable that a naturalised citizen should need to request a translator in order to vote, considering the lengthy residency and ‘basic knowledge of English’ requirements necessary before becoming a US citizen. Note that there is no law requiring translator services to be provided, but like those from other foreign groups, Magpantay wants special treatment for his group as well. In addition, some of the group’s complaints seem trivial, such as some individuals having their names misspelled, which is something that could happen to anyone regardless of their national origin. It appears that this group may simply be looking for something to complain about.

“The growth of the Asian American population is undeniable,” he said. “We are drafting a complaint letter to officials in Gwinnett County and Duluth. We’re going to work with legislators to fix some of those problems.”

Georgia does have a large and growing non-White population due to the US Federal Government’s anti-White policy of demographic replacement. As of 2011, Georgia was 63.2 per cent White, down from 65.1 per cent in 2000; Asians accounted for 3.4 per cent of the State’s population, up from 2.1 per cent in 2000. In Gwinnett County, Asians accounted for 10.8 per cent of the population in 2011, up from 7.2 per cent in 2000.

The poll data also shows Asian American voters leaned heavily toward the Democratic Party in 2012, overwhelmingly voting for Barack Obama.

And that’s a notable shift, said Kim Reimann, a political science professor and director of the Asian Studies Center at Georgia State University. Nationally, she said, Asian Americans have been more closely associated with the Republican Party.

“That could be because there were a lot of younger voters and a lot of first-time voters,” Reimann said. “I think that shows efforts in the communities to get out the vote were very successful.”

When combined with black and Hispanic voters, Asians may in the future influence the makeup of the Georgia legislature, which is currently dominated by Republicans. Despite Republican pandering to non-Whites and widespread GOP support of amnesty for illegal immigrants at the Federal level, most immigrants still do not view the Republican Party in a positive light.

Wooi Yin, a Cobb County resident who volunteered to poll Asians in Doraville, said she distributed the polling forms to people in Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and English. Asian Indians were the other major demographic surveyed in the poll.

Yin said many of the people she interviewed switched from Republican to Democrat in 2012 because of the immigration issue.

“Most Asians … know someone who is undocumented, so immigration policy plays a very big role in their daily lives,” Yin said. “They are for comprehensive immigration. … And the Republicans are not reaching out to them.”

Notice here how ‘comprehensive immigration’ means amnesty and ‘reaching out’ means in this case adopting a pro-amnesty policy of demographically replacing native Georgians.

Note: A reader sent in the following question: ‘Do these Asians push for non-Asian amnesty in Asian countries?’

That’s an excellent question. I seriously doubt it. How many Vietnamese-Americans wants to see Vietnam with a minority Vietnamese population? And yet they have no problem advancing a policy which will make Georgians a minority in Georgia and Southerners a minority in the South.

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  • http://MyWhiteJourney.com GregFannin-SCV

    Oh, the wonders that are ‘Diversity’!

    Did I mention it is our greatest strength?

    Just don’t ask me why … because I don’t know … but it must be true because everyone says it is!

  • J

    To both the author and members of the Southern Nationalist Network:

    I recently stumbled upon this network and after reading a few things, including this article, I have the following questions:
    1. What are qualifications to be considered a Georgian (by the author of this article as well as the southern nationalists)? What is necessary to be classified as a southerner?
    2. How many Georgians by the above standard make up Georgia’s current population? How many southerners are in the south (please clarify which states you are including)?
    3. Are there any laws that prohibit new people (American (citizenship only) or otherwise) from settling in a given state? –Can a state close its borders for example? What would be some projected economic consequences?
    4. Also, how many Georgians by above standard versus non Georgians in Georgia are on any form of welfare? Southerners versus non southerners in the south on welfare?
    I’d greatly appreciate a reply answering (within reason to best of ability) these questions.

    Much appreciated,

    • Michael

      J, Georgia is one of the 15 Southern States. The Southern people in general are divided into many micro-cultures and a few large regional cultures (the Lower South, the Upper South, etc.). Georgia is part of the Lower South. The European (mostly British) derived people of the South were always considered to be the Southern people and the citizens of the South until democracy and equality was forced upon us at gun-point in the 1960s by the USA. The two other native racial groups in the South are the large West African derived population (heavily concentrated in the Lower South, especially in the Black Belt) and the very small American Indian population (concentrated in Oklahoma and a few other areas). A significant number of the latter and a much smaller number of the former identify with the South. In general however, White Southerners make up a distinct political, cultural and ethnic bloc. As for their exact numbers, that is difficult to say. It is in the millions but I have seen no study as to the exact number. The US census, of course, does not ask this question.

      In the present system Southerners are being systematically displaced in their own cities, counties and countryside. US law forbids barriers to entry from other US citizens. Legally we are forbidden from protecting ourselves from demographic displacement either by the massive influx of non-Southerners into States such as North Carolina, Virginia and Florida or from the tide of Third World immigration pouring into States such as Texas and Georgia.

      As far as the ‘necessity’ of being classified as a Southerner, there is none. Imagine going to Japan and asking what is the necessity of being classified as Japanese. Imagine going to Somalia and asking about the necessity of being classified as Somali. As ethnic and cultural nationalists we believe that all nations and unique cultural groups have a right to exist and not be genocided out of existence through mass immigration and forced assimilation. This means that all national and cultural groups need a land of their own. The Japanese have Japan. The Somalis have Somalia. We Southerners have the South. We built the civilization and culture here. We brought civilization to the wilderness and we constitute a unique ethnic and cultural group. Yet the USA is purposefully replacing us in our land with its policies. The USA is overtly hostile to our continued existence as a people. Therefore we must achieve independence if we are to survive and make the South a home for the Southern people again.

  • Long Live Dixie

    What is necessary to be classified as a southerner?

    The same thing necessary to be classified as a member of any other Western tribe. Blood descent from the tribe.

    The American idea that to be born in Dixie or to live for a few years in Dixie are enough to be classified as Southron is wrong.

  • J

    I was born in Louisiana–and lived about half my life in various parts of the south. My family has lived in Georgia for the past 10 years or so. I agree with much of this network, but I don’t meet your standard of blood dissent. Am I a southerner? I call Georgia home. I support the rights of landowners and wish Kennesaw would enforce its law on gun ownership. I support re-instituting the Alabama literacy (and comprehension of government) test as a requirement (but for all citizens) to be allowed the privileged of voting. But, I am not from blood dissent.

    • Michael

      J, I’m not really here to tell folks that they are or aren’t Southern. Many of the people who read this site and support us have no roots at all in the South. Some are foreigners (we have German, Scottish, Spanish, English, etc. readers) and some are non-Southern Americans who support our goals. I’m willing to work with anyone as long as they support our goals – the most important of which is the prevention of our displacement in our land. Of course, as with any national group, some level of assimilation is possible with limited numbers of people. Today I think that is very difficult given that in many areas of the South we Southerners are now a minority due to US immigration policies. However, in some places I’m sure it’s still possible. I know this is not a direct answer to your question but I don’t know the particulars of your circumstances so I’m writing in generalities here.

      • Long Live Dixie

        Today I think that is very difficult given that in many areas of the South we Southerners are now a minority due to US immigration policies.

        I think it could be added to that that a huge number of Southrons need to be assimilated – that is, huge numbers of our own people have abandoned their Southron ways (mostly for imported Yankee ways).

    • Long Live Dixie

      I agree with much of this network, but I don’t meet your standard of blood dissent. Am I a southerner?

      What is your blood descent?

      • J

        My mother’s side is italian but have lived in America since early 1900s and my father’s side is irish and german and have been here since about the same time. I am third/fourth generation american.

  • J

    Fair enough. As far as the pouring in of immigrants what makes GA so susceptible? Texas, by proximity to the border…I see how it happens.

    • Michael

      Part of the problem is that Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport (according to data I saw a couple of years ago). It’s very much an international business and travel hub. In a society such as the US which essentially has open borders this is a very negative thing because it means that anyone can and will fly into your State. Another problem is that the US-imposed welfare system has made it so that the native Black and poorer White population of the State have little incentive to do the agricultural work (and GA is a huge agriculture-producing State) that they formerly did. Immigrants from Latin America are instead imported. The birth-right citizenship policy of the USA means that the children of those immigrants are entitled to everything that I am even though my family actually built this civilization and has lived here for 300 years. Therefore, a continual flow of immigrants is needed for the agricultural work. The same is increasingly true of the construction industry, which is spurred by the inflationary policies of the US Federal Reserve. So, all of the major reasons why Georgians are being displaced are due to Federal policies – policies which we can’t change from within the forced-Union. As an independent republic though Georgia could reform its welfare system so as to put the lower classes to work again and eliminate the need for a constant flow of immigrants. It could end birthright citizenship. It could make many changes which would essentially end the immigration policy. That is really the point – this is a problem which the USA is imposing upon us. It need not be a problem at all.

  • J

    I disagree with your needing immigrants to work construction and agriculture. Perhaps recruiting southerners to work the jobs and refusing to hire the non southerners would work. It’s not a right to work state, you don’t need to explain why. I just know that in high school I worked at Kroger, but if someone had showed me agricultural jobs available in the area I would have taken one. Also, construction is totally stalled. So many new buildings/parts of buildings and plots abandoned where I live. Neighborhoods not sold, etc. So, I don’t see anything in construction promising.

    • Michael

      That is what the contractors and farmers tell me, J. They say they can’t get good local workers so they use immigrants. This is because the poorer locals are all on government assistance. If that assistance were greatly reduced they would be forced to work. I’ve had people tell me that they could take a manual labour job but decided to instead live on government assistance because it paid about the same and didn’t require them to work.

      • J

        I’ve heard the same from people on assistance, but then aim for the teenagers to start work ethic young. Seek them to work farms part time, rather than have them work at places like kroger and walmart, surrounded by entitled mentality where they get corrupted.


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