Tag Archives: Mexican-Americans

Racist Tweets Directed At Hispanic Kid Singing Anthem

I swear I think some people need to be required to get a license to use the Internet. Following the Internet ugliness over the Cheerios commercial that dared show a mixed family, the Internet racists went crazy when a Latino kid, an Hispanic-American, sang the national anthem at the 3rd game of the NBA Finals.

Racist Tweets

And there is plenty more where that came from as you can see here.

But the kid and his family responded with class to the whole thing, pointing out that he IS an American, from San Antonio actually. And kudos to the Spurs for bringing him back last night to stick it to those idiots by having him sing the anthem all over again. Only thing better would have been if he also held up a box of Cheerios at the end.

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Mixed People Monday – Kid Cudi

UntitledRapper Kid Cudi, whose real name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, has a Mexican father and an African-American mother.

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The Overreaction File – Racist Mexican Barbie Doll

Leave Barbie alone.

Leave Barbie alone.

Calm down people.

Not everything is racist.

There are more than 200 Barbies in Mattel’s Dolls of the World collection, all dressed in costumes that pay homage to different countries. The collection debuted in 1980 with Parisian, British, and Italian dolls and is aimed at kids and adult collectors alike. But the most recent versions, especially ones representing Latin America, are causing controversy online. The newest Mexico Barbie, released in June 2012, has been rediscovered by Barbie enthusiasts — and is being called out by critics recently for being offensive rather than educational. “@Mattel, maybe #MexicoBarbie should come with a taco instead of a chihuahua- you know, just to be really clear,” tweeted Jennifer Morales on Thursday. “Of course #MexicanBarbie comes with a passport!” @SavannahLime pointed out on Twitter. “She doesn’t want to be deported!”

Give me a break. There are some real matters of racism out there. That the Barbie has on a traditional dress (and I have seen dresses like this at Mexican celebrations) and has the very popular Chihuahua with her, is not one of them. If you look at the other dolls in the collection, representing other countries, they all wear traditional garments.

If they want to go after Barbie, there are better things to make a stink over.

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Carolla Wants To Know What’s Wrong With Blacks And Latinos

Tough but necessary discussion.

Tough but necessary discussion.

California’s Lt. Governor got into an interesting discussion the other day with radio host Adam Carolla. Carolla took the conversation into interesting territory when he said this about the lack of banking accounts among Blacks and Hispanics in the state:

“I want to know why [Blacks and Latinos] are struggling,” Carolla continued. “Do Asians have this problem? Why do so many [Blacks and Latinos]? Blacks have been here longer than we have. What about Asians–they were put in internment camps. Are they at the check cashing places?”

“Why are [these problems] concentrated in the African American community?” Newsom responded. “Look at the history. It’s naïve to suggest that those things don’t matter.”

“How about the Jews?” asked Carolla. “No problems in the past? Whose had it worse? Why are the Jews doing well? […] Why do some groups do so much better? I’ll tell you why: They have a family who puts an emphasis on education.”

Carolla then credited socioeconomic inequality on the lack of two-parent households.

“The family is the number one problem in the Black community. […] It’s simple. Fathers, stay at home, raise your family, do your homework with your kids, put an emphasis on education like the Jews, like the Asians, and let’s see what happens to the problem in 20 years.”

Newsom definitely wasn’t expecting that kind of discussion. But frankly I’m glad Carolla went there. His points need to be discussed in the light of day because I am sure people say these things in private anyway. And I do believe, while he grossly oversimplified the cultural components, and the history, there is room to discuss his points.

Here is the rest of the story.

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Mixed People Monday – Alexis Bledel

Try labeling her background.

Try labeling her background.

The actress (Mad Men, The Gilmore Girls) was born to an Argentine father, who was originally from Denmark, and a Mexican mother, of French and German origin. How is that for a mixed background?

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Ann Coulter Now Blames Hispanics

Most divisive nominee.

Most divisive nominee.

Ann Coulter can’t help herself. Now instead of advising the Republican party that it is in their best interest to court the Hispanic population considering that group almost single-handedly handed Obama the White House, she is instead attacking Hispanics.

In a column she wrote a few days ago, in which she made fun of the Spanish language by titling it “America Nears El Tipping Pointo” she said this:

…Hispanic immigrants, who — because of phony “family reunification” rules — are the poorest of the world’s poor.

More than half of all babies born to Hispanic women today are illegitimate. As Heather MacDonald has shown, the birthrate of Hispanic women is twice that of the rest of the population, and their unwed birthrate is one and a half times that of blacks.

That’s a lot of government dependents coming down the pike. No amount of “reaching out” to the Hispanic community, effective “messaging” or Reagan’s “optimism” is going to turn Mexico’s underclass into Republicans.

She then takes it further with this gem:

…contrary to stereotype — Hispanics are less likely to be married, less likely to go to church, more supportive of gay marriage and less likely to call themselves “conservative” than other Americans.

Rather than being more hardworking than Americans, Hispanics actually work about the same as others, or, in the case of Hispanic women, less.

Yeah, if Republicans keep thinking like Coulter, Democrats may have permanent control of the White House.

Read her full column here.

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“Mixed Mexican” and The Fallacy of Race

Funny and enlightening at the same time.

Saw this on Mixed American Life’s site. Very good video demonstrating the complexity of “race” and it’s non-existence. Worth watching.

Here is the video.

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Arizona Really Is The New South

Doesn't look like Alabama.

You really can’t make this stuff up. Arizona is really like the new version of old Alabama when it comes to ethnic silliness and stupidity. One Arizona lawmaker, in response to another lawmaker suggesting there be some kind of Latino holiday to honor Latinos and their contributions, suggested that there may be a need for a holiday honoring Whites. Wow.

I think Sandra Bernhardt had the best response to this on Twitter. She tweeted:

Honey everyday is a holiday for white people in arizona.

Indeed. People are so funny when they say silly stuff like that. Like they don’t recognize almost all history taught in schools is from a European-American perspective. Come on people.

Here is the video on the Arizona lawmaker.

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Arizona’s “Hispanic Problems”

Come on Arizona. Learn the difference.

Seriously Arizona? Seriously?

The headline was simple: Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Program Ruled Illegal.

I’m really starting to wonder if Arizona is the new Alabama or something. That’s too bad considering I’m actually a big fan of the geography and natural beauty of Arizona. But when it comes to the politics and the us against them, especially when the them is the Hispanic population, they have lost me. First the ugly laws designed to push illegals out, a move that most rightfully saw as overstepping the state’s boundaries and also one that too easily targeted anyone with Mexican heritage, and now this.

I’m might have to get like Thelma and Louise and start driving around the state of Arizona to get to New Mexico and Texas. The wierdest  part of the ruling was this this:

Kowal’s ruling, first reported by The Arizona Daily Star, said the district’s Mexican-American Studies program violated state law by having one or more classes designed primarily for one ethnic group, promoting racial resentment and advocating ethnic solidarity instead of treating students as individuals.

The judge, who found grounds to withhold 10 percent of the district’s monthly state aid until it comes into compliance, said the law permits the objective instruction about the oppression of people that may result in racial resentment or ethnic solidarity.

Which means in the state of Arizona, according to this, there can be no ethnic studies of any kind. Save of course for the standard teachings based on predominantly European perspectives. I am sure the intent of that law was a good one. But a reality that doesn’t allow for cultural studies, which is not the same as teaching a “racial” separation is silly. There is a difference. One that Arizona clearly does not get.

But then again, maybe they do and this isn’t about the class. Here is a link to the full article.

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