What kind of immigrant are you?

What kind of immigrant are you? By Thomas Sowell.

Sweden was, for a long time, one of the most ethnically homogeneous countries in the world. As of 1940, only about 1 percent of the Swedish population were immigrants. Even as the proportion of immigrants increased over the years, as late as 1970, 90 percent of foreign-born persons in Sweden had been born in other Scandinavian countries or in Western Europe.

These immigrants were usually well-educated, and often had higher labor force participation rates and lower unemployment rates than the native Swedes. That all began to change as the growing number of immigrants came increasingly from the Middle East, with Iraqis becoming the largest immigrant group in Sweden. …

Immigrants, who were by this time 16 percent of Sweden’s population, had become 51 percent of the long-term unemployed and 57 percent of the people receiving welfare payments. The proportion of foreigners in prison was 5 times their proportion in the population of the country.

The point of all this is that there is no such thing as immigrants in general, whether in Europe or America. Yet all too many of the intelligentsia in the media and in academia talk as if immigrants were abstract people in an abstract world, to whom we could apply abstract principles, such as “we are all descendants of immigrants.”

The essence of being politically correct is never being seen to discriminate. What we’ve got here is a failure to discriminate.

Oh well, “communicate” not “discriminate.” But a famous scene from a classic movie, Cool Hand Luke.