A few years ago I read “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman. It is an interesting and complicated story that illustrates the challenges of trying to integrate a primitive people into American society. The story ends in tragedy and I was left wondering who decided those people should be brought here and why. I still have no good answers. The Hmong, though Asians, seem to be as crime-prone as NAM’s.
Today, I had a conversation with a young Hmong. He told me how, when he visits family in California, he must be careful how he dresses so that other Hmong don’t mistake him for a member of a rival gang. The Hmong seem to live in fear of each other. He told me disturbing stories – and I asked him why it is that there is so much crime among his people. He had no idea. My mind drifted to the Kurds, another stateless people, and the problems they cause in places like Sweden. A rough hypothesis worked its way to the surface of my consciousness: A people that has had little, or no, representation in its home country for many generations is likely to have little respect for the government of its home country. By extension, it would also lack respect for the laws of that country. Persecution might even work to make a life of crime more attractive. Over the course of those generations, a criminal mentality might develop. In their native country, tradition, harsh justice and segregation of various sub-groups would work to suppress this mentality. But the moment they leave their traditional lands, and settle in a permissive and mixed nation like the U.S. or Sweden, all those criminal elements are free to express themselves. Like a soda bottle that has been shaken, they erupt at the first opportunity.
My own people would be an exception (for the most part). Our strong traditions of discipline and adherence to the law (our own religious law) promoted a more reserved and law-abiding culture.
To help emphasize the extent of Hmong criminality, I’ll quote from Don Stacey at Freedom Writer:
BIRCHWOOD, Wis. A Hmong immigrant from the 24,000-strong “Hmong community” of St. Paul, Minnesota crossed the border into Wisconsin on a hunting trip. Armed with a high-velocity semi-automatic assault-style rifle, Chai Vang, 36, wandered onto private property, ignoring the bright orange “no trespassing” signs and took a position in someone else’s hunting platform.
Locals have complained that the Hmong, a tribe from the jungles of Southeast Asia, have no respect for the concept of private property and hunt wherever they see fit. Apparently this is true. When Vang was confronted by two White people — a man and his son — instead of moving on, he shot them both. Before dying, the father managed to radio for help. Six of his hunting companions converged at the scene on two ATV’s and were immediately fired upon. Those who were not hit fled into the woods but were chased down and shot.
Unfortunately, the eight Whites had only one gun between them. It is not known if they fired even one shot in return.
After killing the five Whites and wounding three, the Hmong immigrant reversed his orange vest to the camouflage side to avoid capture, and attempted to flee the area. However, lost in the woods, he required the assistance of two more Whites to find his way out. Luckily for the two Whites, Vang was out of ammunition. For a complete report see the AP link below.
In February of 2003, the FBI released a law enforcement bulletin warning that throughout the United States, the level of Hmong criminal activity was increasing in severity. Extracts from the FBI bulletin:
The Hmong have become involved in a wide range of crimes, such as homicides, gang rapes, prostitution, home invasions, burglaries, auto thefts, and, most recently, the sale and distribution of illicit drugs.
In the St. Paul/Minneapolis area during the summer of 1999. Within about a 6-week period, at least 22 shootings were reported.
Hmong gangs have considerable mobility. It is not uncommon for gang members to drive from California to North Carolina, stopping en route to visit fellow gang members in other states, such as Minnesota or Wisconsin. Many times, these gangs transport guns to another state and commit crimes in transit. Because of this mobility, law enforcement agencies investigating these gangs must maintain a high level of communication to effectively track gang activity.
Hmong gangs also present a violent threat to people who are not members of gangs. The most frequent and violent crimes against nongang members are rape and prostitution.
I sympathize with ethnic groups that lack sovereignty in their homelands. As good people, we might care about them and perhaps even render whatever (voluntary) aid we can. But such aid should take the form of helping them in their homelands. If, and when, they work out their problems and advance to the point where they no longer pose a danger to those around them, at that point we might consider some sort of limited immigration. Until then, bringing them here is akin to releasing a pack of brutalized pit bulls into a playground full of children. Whoever does this is responsible for the resulting carnage. Here too, the government officials, and interest groups, that brought about the Hmong influx bear responsibility for the resulting death and suffering.
If my hypothesis, or any other culture-based hypothesis, is correct, then it would be interesting to see how long the Hmong remain a crime-prone group. Will their Asian genetics prevail as their dis-functional culture fades away, leaving them as docile as other Asians? Or perhaps they will remain a nuisance for centuries. Maybe their genetics differs from other Asians to the point where they should be considered “honorary NAM’s”.
I look forward to comments that will direct us to articles on this topic. No doubt others, more enlightened and prestigious than I, have already tackled this topic.