Jobs, not Joe Arpaio, should be focus of black ministers

Soaring black jobless rates directly affected by illegal workers

The clamor for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s head on a platter is rivaling that of the biblical call for John the Baptist’s by Salome.

The daily newspaper leads the ruthless pursuit, emboldened by the recent recall of Arizona’s Senate President Russell Pearce in his Mesa legislative district. Pearce was the architect of Arizona’s nationally emulated SB 1070, the law addressing the epidemic of illegal aliens entering the United States.  Arpaio has implemented the law with workplace enforcement sweeps.

Yesterday we saw the spectacle of a group of what the newspaper identified as the “Valley’s black leaders” demanding the popular five-term Republican Maricopa County sheriff step down.

As foolishness goes, this display was the pinnacle.  The contingent made its choreographed, calculatingly camera-ready, politically motivated demand on the steps of the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix. This piling on comes in the wake of trumped up DOJ accusations of racial profiling against the sheriff’s office instigated by the Obama White House, and an absurd ruling by District Judge Murray Snow expanding the scope of a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office to include every Hispanic driver and passenger who has been stopped, detained, questioned or searched by MCSO deputies since January 2007.

Warren Stewart, pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church, and a man who should know better, began the performance by comparing Arpaio to “Bull” Connor, the public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Alabama, member of the Democrat National Committee, and  a Klansman, whose officers used fire hoses and attack dogs on civil rights activists in the 1960s. Unlike this charade with Arpaio, it was not necessary to fabricate evidence that Connor was a racist. Yet that knowledge didn’t keep Stewart from solemnly intoning. “We have become the Alabama of the 21st century.”

Connor was active in Democrat Party leadership at the same time Sens. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN) were leading the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fully 80 percent of the “no” votes on that bill in the U.S. Senate, and 75 percent of the opposition in the House, came from Democrats.

Adding to the shameless spectacle yesterday was Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of the Phoenix NAACP. Tillman, standing among the pack calling for Arpaio to step down,  had previously renounced an out-of-state-financed,  race-baiting ad taken out against Arpaio, and called him “a  friend.” Tillman also agreed to serve on an advisory council Arpaio formed following the release of a trumped up DOJ report accusing the MCSO of discrimination against Hispanics. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery expressed concerns the DOJ actions against the sheriff could endanger the public.

What the pastors should be gathering for is to commend the sheriff for his efforts. It is no secret that the impact of illegal alien workers on the labor market negatively impacts blacks, particularly black men. A Congressional subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held a meeting on this topic in March. Two of the three black witnesses said that the impact of illegals on the wages and unemployment rates of blacks was significant and tough enforcement was needed to prevent it from getting worse.

The government’s casual, wink-and-nod enforcement of employer sanctions indirectly shuts many blacks out of jobs. According to this stunning CBS News report, African American joblessness is at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.

Why aren’t the black pastors addressing this problem – greatly exacerbated by illegal workers — rather than advocating on their behalf?


22 Responses to Jobs, not Joe Arpaio, should be focus of black ministers

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    Excellent post, excellent points! These ministers are trapped by a disturbing mentality that aligns minorities, even when the facts clearly indicate major problems for their own people are caused by illegal laborers undercutting black job seekers. Joe Arpaio is their friend.

  2. Seen It All says:

    I’ve come to the same conclusion about the racial component in this issue of illegal immigration. Since our own citizens with only high school education (or less) are behind the economic eight ball in ways they never dreamed of when they preferred other pursuits to studying, and can only attain lower wage jobs, it seems to me that black Americans would be at the forefront of those fighting to regain control of our border.

    Black young men fill jails at record numbers because of low expectations, low skills and high unemployment rates. They need training and jobs to replace crime. But the jobs are going to illegal workers.

  3. Orion says:

    Courageous post, Seeing Red AZ! Going against the tide of those calling for Joe Arpaio’s hide (or “head” as you so graphically stated), is a bold but admirable move. I’m a strong supporter of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I respect and admire his commitment to the citizens of this county. He’s doing the job he was elected to do, and doesn’t balk at fulfilling his promises under this intense pressure.
    May God bless you, Sheriff. I keep you and your wife in my prayers.

  4. Carly says:

    Joe, next time they speak, turn to the camera and tell them to, “Bite Me” and walk away. These stupid traitors need to go live in Los Angeles where the illegal gang run rampid through the streets. It shows how stupid they actually all are, and no matter what they call themselves, they are all worshipers of Black Liberation Theology, which is the most racist religion on the planet earth.

    The reason they are all turning on Joe, is most likely because they are learning something about our president that they didn’t know before. Most of the black so-called leaders of this country already know this, but some do not: Obama’s real name is Bari Shabazz, and he is Malcom X’s illegitimate son. That makes him somewhat of a messiah among these idiots, which will trump all common sense and logic. Black comes before all else in their world, but we are the only ones called racist. Ignorant bullshit based on a lame report that was based on statements from inmates. How many inmates on this earth are going to speak favorably about their experience in jail, no matter what jail they did time in. Ignorant and stupid to give it any creed at all.
    Oh, and about the MCSO not investigating those supposed sex crimes? Well hello, who’s fault might that be? If there weren’t 100,000 illegals committing crimes in Maricopa county, maybe the MCSO would have the resources to investigate more crimes. Duh.
    These idiots are the reason the crimes werent investigated, and any 3rd grader could figure that out. We love you Joe, and don’t you dare cave in to this idiotic nonsense. Just tell them to “Bite me”.

    • Angee says:

      The illegal invaders commit their rapes, molestation, theft, kidnappings and murders then flee to the border where they immediately find help entering the USA. The so-called reverends are nothing but thugs who defend any criminal
      just to look like they’re doing something. The are nothing but walking corruption, their souls are putrid to the core!

  5. HR in AZ says:

    These ministers are foolishly ministering to the wrong people. Thanks for making that point so well. Race baiting is always ugly. When this group engages in it, they are exposed as embarrassingly preposterous. Joe Arpaio is actually doing more for the black community than they are, by opening up jobs for American citizens !!

  6. Vince says:

    What extremes these ministers are going to just to be on what they view as the popular side of this contentious issue and full scale war against the sheriff. They should be looking out for their own folks instead of playing the PC game. This position makes them look like jackasses. If they think the leftwing, open border extremists at the Arizona Republic will praise them, they’re no doubt right. But why would that be their goal when their obligation is obvious?

  7. LD 7 PC says:

    Where’s Vernon Parker? He was happy to get and widely display Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s support during his campaigns for governor and congress. How about returning the favor? Has the cat got his tongue or is he hiding out on this one? Friendship is a two way street and means more under circumstances such as these the sheriff is facing. Man up, Vernon!

  8. Ricky Lujan says:

    LD7 PC, thanks for the timely reminder regarding Vernon Parker. Although that was a misplaced endorsement returning some support should be welcomed.

    Arizona African American Republican Committee and their Chairman Clyde Bowen promote a very strong position against the illegal invasion in keeping with the principles contained in the Republican Platform.

    AAARC Chairman Clyde Bowen certainly deserves a seat for any meeting of “valley black leaders.” Perhaps Chairman Bowen is excluded because he promotes the notion that people should be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King was a Republican after all. Dr. King seems a lot more like Chairman Clyde Bowen then any of these other “leaders” invited to the AZ Republic dog and pony show provided yesterday.

    • LD 7 PC says:

      Clyde Bowen could easiy make a supportive statement on behalf of Sheriff Arpaio. He has, so far, chosen not to. Under his leadership, AAARC endorsed John McCain after stating support for JD Hayworth.

      Bowen is no Martin Luther King.

  9. Ajo Joe says:

    How much do you want to bet that al of those black ministers are registered Democrats? Regardless of the history with the liberal party, there is a senseless bond. Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president is the one who freed the slaves, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Very similar to this rant against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is actually acting in a manner that should please the ministers and their flocks.

  10. Braveheart says:

    Now this is pretty funny! I just clicked on the link to staff directory the First Institutional Baptist Church, and each one of the staffers has a photo and their name listed. Only the “custodial staff” lacks their last names. We see “Pedro,” “Carlos” and “Javier” only. Do you think Rev. Warren Stewart is hiring illegals?

    • Steve says:

      That might explain the Reverend’s desire to protect illegals over his own parishioners! In the final analysis, it’s HIS bottom line that counts….

  11. MacBeth says:

    Maybe Joe should raid FIBC? I’d travel downtown to see that!

  12. Hometown Guy says:

    The CBS News link says it all: For young men of color, especially black males in New York City, things are especially bad — 34 percent of New York’s young black men age 19 to 24 are not working.
    “If you haven’t connected with the world of work by the age of 25, it’s a permanent problem for the rest of your career,” says David Johns with the Community Service Society.

    Question: Who doesn’t connect with the world of work by 25? I had graduated college, was married and supporting a wife and child. Hanging out on street corners is not the route to steady employment and any reasonable hope for a bright future.

  13. Night Owl says:

    The liberal detractors of the good guys never stop. Thanks for staying on these issues. Best wishes in the New Year!

  14. Bonnie says:

    If illegal aliens were deported en mass THERE WOULD BE LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED STATES!

    And just think how our debt would decrease if all illegal alien students were deported from our schools?

    We are now building new schools in California for Mexico’s students.
    Mexico must be laughing their butts off!

  15. Army Of One says:

    How disappointing not to hear a single black voice raised in support of Sheriff Arpaio. Are the black Republicans tone deaf? Don’t they get it that the astronomical unemployment rates among blacks is directly traceable to illegal aliens taking jobs they might otherwise have? Is this a type of unity against whites by people of color? If so, it’s luancy. My dad used to use the phrase “cutting off your nose to spite your face.” That sure applies here.

    • Angee says:

      Clyde Bowen and Company, are you listening? Are you and your 6 members for the rule of law?

  16. Sgt. Preston says:

    SRAZ missed another candidate. Arpaio also endorsed Augustus Shaw, a lawyer running for a state House seat in legislative district 17. Shaw ran into some difficulties and ended his candidacy, but he is another black candidate who received support from Arpaio. How quickly and appallingly they all forget. Shaw and Vernon Parker were happy to have that endorsement when they were running. Now they and the Arizona African American Republican Committee have all clammed up. This sheep-like group-think behavior is definitely worth remembering. It reminds me of chickens in a hen house, all ganging up to peck to death the bruised one.

  17. snoremonster says:

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  18. Another LD 20 PC says:

    I get in trouble for this but here goes. The blacks have been kept down for so long by the democrat Party they actually know no better. Their quality of education has been dismal, and every time a Republican gets in office and tries to raise their education standards the Republicans are called RACIST, it is against the rules of the Democrats to try and educate blacks. The Obama administration is doing whatever it can to get the Hispanic vote, they do not have to work for the black vote so why bother. Why is it the white people see this but blacks can’t? Blacks by all reason should be Republican, that is where they get the biggest bang for their no tax monies. but the difference is they need to work for their benefits not sit home and collect. Please let someone in office that is not a do good-er who will change all the welfare rules and make all work for benefits or go to school and get a trade.

  19. Angee says:

    I just read this and had to share it with all who still defend the
    presence of the illegal alien invaders…not immigrants.

    Suspected murderer, rapist of Mexican toddler extradited to Mexico, “another good Mexican illegal who only came to better himself and to feed his family” Nice people! Why doesn’t anybody realize that the majority of the illegals cannot enter legally because they already have criminal records in their country! Legal
    immigrants have to pass a criminal background check before they are legally allowed to be IMMIGRATED. The illegals are not UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS! THEY ARE CRIMINAL INVADERS! USE THE RIGHT TERMINOLOGY ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    Suspected murderer, rapist of Mexican toddler extradited to Mexico Joshua Moses Morales of San Diego was extradited to Mexico on Thursday, where he is expected to be tried for the alleged 2009 murder.

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