Bashing Latinos – America’s New TV Reality Show –

21 Jun

Latino bashing has become the most popular sport in America!
Why, you ask?
It’s fun, it’s easy and you can get away with it,  that’s why!

From Soledad Obrien’s horrific portrayal of Latinos on CNN’s “Latino In America”,
which won her the infamous “Chorizo Award” for her portrayal of a Latina journalist
a few years back – Check out the video, if you haven’t already seen it

and now,  John McCain’s latest remarks about illegal immigrants being responsible for setting wildfires in Arizona.
-Note to John McCain – In the words of Billy Joel;
“We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning”

Yes. Latino bashing is the new “In thing!”
Grab some popcorn and pull up a seat!

– Why aren’t you speaking English! –  Texas Sen. Chris Harris
– Shoot immigrants from helicopters – Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck
– I suppose if you’re a gay man from Guatemala who gambles and smokes pot, you probably think we’re on to some good ideas here – Rhode Island Rep Watson

Should I continue? Remember, it’s fun, it easy, and you can get away with it.

Thinking outside the box, if the racial bigotry going around the media served a purpose, let’s say, solved the budget deficit or ended all wars or brought down the price of gas, as a proud American, I would take the hit!  Go ahead, bash me!
USA! USA! USA!

-What do you call 4 Mexicans in quicksand? Cuatro, Cinco! (Stop it! My rib! You’re killing me!!!)

But sadly, it’s not.

It’s happening for votes and ratings. Period.
I’m beginning to think I’m part of a reality show, “Bashing Latinos.”
Our script is being written by racist politicians and media outlets.
The characters they have written for us include – Grease balls, Wetbacks, Border Bunnies, Beaner, Jose, Chico, Pedro,
Hombre, Cheese Lovers, Spic –

Should I continue? Remember, it’s fun, its easy, and you can get away with it.

So my question is, what are we doing about it?

As a whole, Latinos allow the media, the government, and other institutions to express their prejudiced views about us, and we sit quietly, watch and listen.   Unlike our African-American brothers and sisters, who unite as one voice, stand behind their leaders, and fight! What’s holding us back from doing the same? Is it the Latino Crab syndrome, where we drag each other down? Is it a coincidence that Latinos have no identifiable leaders/activists to stand behind? Are we our worst enemy?

It’s time for change my people.

The good news is, it can be done.

What do you think?

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9 Responses to “Bashing Latinos – America’s New TV Reality Show –”

  1. svivar9087 June 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Meow…I’m in love =D

    All kidding aside, great article. KUDOS my friend.

  2. dinie58 June 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    You are right on target. It is time that we recognize the responsibility we have to lift ourselves up, together and leverage the voting power we posses. However, we must understand the need for education if we are to be successful.

    • mikerobles June 25, 2011 at 2:20 am #

      Thanks!
      I couldn’t agree with you more!

  3. Julito Varela June 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Mikey, I think it has been sooo easy is that no one has screamed, but they screaming for justice is loud and this will change.

    • mikerobles June 25, 2011 at 2:21 am #

      Julito!

      I believe that too, brother.
      It starts with awareness.

  4. El Guapo June 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    1. the Latin@ appears infrequently and stereotypically. What this does is, on a pervasive subconscious level suggest a certain inferiority. Think of your average Latino kid growing up without ever encountering a Latino protagonist in a mainstream film or book. It carries over to society at large and we are seeing overt racism aimed at Latinos going almost entirely unquestioned. I’ve been clamoring for a Latino Sharpton for some time. Someone’s gotta keep pendejos honest. Interesting post, sir.

  5. mikerobles June 25, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Well said, my friend!
    Latino bashing by the media and politicians needs to stop.
    Unfortunately, our bark is louder than our bite.
    Until we unite as one voice, this will sadly continue.
    You’re right, a Latino Al Sharpton is what we need!

    In the meantime, we need to continue to bring awareness to the lack of
    Latino Leaders.

    Put simply, we have the numbers (ingredients), we’re just missing the Chef!

  6. Raul Colon June 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    Mike,

    I could not agree more. The only thing I disagree is with calling Mr. George Lopez a Role model he is another one that continuously bashes latino to appeal to the masses.

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