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JFK, Harry Belafonte and immigration

NBC's Tom Brokaw's series on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination includes an interview with singer Harry Belafonte who explained why he refused to endorse Kennedy's White House bid in 1960.

“He knew the headlines of the day but he really wasn’t anywhere nuanced or detailed on the deep depths of black anguish of what our struggle was really about," Belafonte said.

As I listened to Belafonte's remarks about Kennedy's lack of understanding of the civil rights struggle, I wondered why he and other influential blacks today might not be compared to Kennedy because of their indifference to mass immigration's impact on the very people they say they care about.

While unemployment among blacks remains around 14 percent, the NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al continue their silence about an immigration policy that for years has been pushing blacks back to the back of the political, economic and social bus.

Worse still, these black leaders along with the Democratic Party support doubling annual legal immigration to 2 million people and issuing work permits to 12 million illegal aliens. Is Belafonte comfortable with the idea of what would be the 8th amnesty since 1986 adding 33 million foreign workers to our labor pool and, according to the Congressional Budget Office, keeping unemployment high and wages low during the first 10 years?

Belafonte was completely justified in his criticism of Kennedy - and the federal government - for the way black Americans had been treated for nearly a century following the Civil War, but why his silence now when many of the gains blacks made as a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are being reversed by the nation's irresponsible immigration policy?

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