He called himself "the prisoner of South Central."
Terry Anderson died of pancreatic cancer last week. For the last two decades of his life, Anderson may have been the angriest black man in America, and rightly so.
Anderson grew up and worked in the Los Angeles neighborhood known as South Central, which was, at one time, predominantly black. No longer.
Anderson's neighborhood, courtesy of unchecked illegal immigration from south of the border that our worthless elected officials are either unwilling or unable to stop, is now predominantly Latino. Anderson was livid about that, so much so that he called talk shows on a regular basis to give his views. Before long, he had his own Sunday night talk show on KRLA in Los Angeles.
As might be expected in an America where any criticism, no matter how justified, of anybody or any group not white isn't tolerated, Anderson had his detractors. The bilious bunch who run the Web site www.onepeoplesproject.com expressed the wish that he would "rot in hell." Anderson had no fans at the Southern Poverty Law Center either.
In the fall of 2006 Anderson was one of the subjects covered in an SPLC "Intelligence Report" titled "What's Behind a 'Black' Anti-Immigration Group." The SPLC story alleged that the group Anderson belonged to was set up and supported by "white supremacist" groups.
But by the way it titled the story, the SPLC revealed several blatant biases of its own, as well as misleading its readers. Anderson was not "anti-immigration."
He was anti-illegal immigration, which he said has changed his once-black, American, South Central neighborhood into a Latino, Third-World one. And by enclosing the word "black" in quotation marks, the SPLC crowd hinted that Anderson's group couldn't be black, since white supremacists supported it.
The only racism SPLC acknowledges, you see, is white racism. That's why they give tacit support to illegal Latino immigration. My bet is that if 11 million people entered the United States from, say, a lily-white nation like Finland, the SPLC crowd couldn't have them deported fast enough.
America's debate about illegal immigration is mainly about gaining more allies for what I call the nation's "whitey-bashing" contingent. In their eyes, Latinos are ready, willing and able allies.
But some Latinos apparently never got the memo that they're supposed to be brothers with America's blacks. And that, mainly, is what Anderson's problem was with illegal immigration.
"They won't tell you of how skilled black workers in Los Angeles can no longer ply their trade," Anderson testified before Congress about America's open borders bunch. "Body and fenders, roofers, framers, drywallers, gardeners and now even truck drivers. They don't dare tell you about all of the race riots in our schools where the blacks are told to take their black a****s back to Africa. Even the news media [have] refused to tell of this while we know they are aware of it. ... The illegals won't hire us and won't buy from us. And still our black elected officials won't help us."
That's because those black elected officials, for the most part, belong to that "whitey-bashing" contingent I referred to above. Many of them can't even say the word "black" these days without sticking an almost-obligatory "and Latino" behind it.
They ignore warnings like the one Anderson gave before Congress, and like the one a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official told http://cbs13.com after a riot at Chino penitentiary last year:
"It appears we had some southern Hispanic gang members targeting African Americans."
Anderson's mission was to expose such racism; his is a voice that will be desperately missed.
Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.