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MURDOCK: Influx of Black Immigrants Belies Left’s Claims of ‘Systemic Racism’

'One wonders why these Africans and Caribbeans leave their majority-black nations to penetrate Earth’s supposed headquarters of anti-black bigotry...'

(Deroy Murdock, Headline USA) If AmeriKKKa is so bigoted, why do Africans and Caribbeans leave black-run, predominantly black nations and come to the United States of America, which the Democrat-Left condemns as Earth’s headwaters of “systemic racism” and white supremacy?

According to the most recent Department of Homeland Security data, 548,891 African immigrants became permanent U.S. residents between 2015 and 2019.

In 2020, these were the top-10 African sources for such new green-card holders—plus each nation’s black-population percentage, courtesy of the CIA World Fact Book.

  1. Nigeria: 12,247 individuals from a 99% black country
  2. Democratic Republic of Congo: 11,752, 100% black
  3. Ethiopia: 5,461, 87.4%
  4. Ghana: 4,532, 98.5%
  5. Kenya: 3,063, 91.8%
  6. Eritrea: 2,845, 95%
  7. Cameroon: 2,747, 95.5%
  8. Somalia: 2,636, 85%
  9. South Africa: 2,372, 79.2%
  10. Sudan: 2,017, 70%

Total: 49,672 permanent residents from 10 nations that are 90.1% black, on average.

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America’s population is 13.4% black.

Each of these African nations yielded more permanent residents to America in 2020 than did the 944 from Sweden. Largely blond, blue-eyed Sweden is 82.3% white.

Swedes, at least ethnically, are precisely the type whom a “systemically racist,” white-supremacist nation would greet with pom-poms aflutter. And yet Swedish green-card recipients totaled fewer than half of those from Sudan.

Between 2015 and 2019, Caribbean green-card awardees totaled 816,522. They, too, swapped black-ruled islands for this allegedly racist superpower.

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Here is 2020’s top-five snapshot:

  1. Jamaica: 12,719 individuals, 92.1% black
  2. Haiti: 9,285, 95.5%
  3. Trinidad & Tobago*: 1,656, 34.2%
  4. Bahamas: 549, 90%
  5. St. Lucia: 449, 95%

Total: 24,668 new permanent residents from five nations that are 81.4% black, on average.

* Note: Another 35.4% of Trinidad & Tobago natives are indigenous Indians, also considered part of the broader BIPOC community. When factoring in these and mixed-race demographics, the islands’ nonwhite population is somewhere above 92%. Only 0.65% identify their ethnicity as “European.”

Each of these Caribbean islands generated more new green-card bearers than the 410 who hailed from Denmark, a Scandinavian nation whose 86.3% white population is just what U.S. “systemic racism” would demand. But more St. Lucians than Danes decided to call America home.

So, if America is so irretrievably racist, why does it keep giving green cards to these Africans and Caribbeans? Coping with native-born black Americans should keep “systemic racism” plenty busy. Why would it import even more blacks?

It should be incredibly easy for “systemic racism” to deny these people visas, long before green cards entered the picture.

Every application from a Kenyan or Haitian who wanted in could be nixed by a systemically racist consular officer at the corresponding U.S. Embassy. Surely, the State Department is “systemically racist.”

And yet, these visas for black foreigners keep getting approved. Is “systemic racism” on the fritz?

Beyond legal immigration, which “systemic racism” could control, African and Caribbean illegal aliens keep running across America’s borders and breaking into this country without permission.

Between 2015 and 2019, DHS apprehended 16,210 African illegal aliens, including 9,003 from the 10 nations analyzed above. During those years, 14,534 illegal aliens came from the five aforementioned Caribbean states.

It’s much harder for “systemic racism” to control this illegal black influx. But beyond that, one wonders why these Africans and Caribbeans leave their majority-black nations to penetrate Earth’s supposed headquarters of anti-black bigotry.

Moreover, they do so while risking drowning in the Rio Grande, rattlesnake attacks, Gila monster bites, fatal dehydration amid cacti, and robbery and rape by human traffickers.

Why would blacks overseas confront these dangers, merely to be crushed beneath the cold, hard heel of America’s racist boot?

This grim picture surely puzzles such successful African immigrants as Somali-born human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Nigerian-born neuropathologist Bennet Omalu (portrayed by Will Smith in the motion picture Concussion).

Such influential Caribbeans as Jamaican-born basketball legend Patrick Ewing and Trinidad-born Howard University president Wayne A.I. Frederick must be equally baffled.

Black immigrants like these treasure America’s abundant freedom and ample opportunity, never mind the “systemic racism” Big Lie relentlessly chanted by the America-hating Democrat-Left.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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