LatinaLista — Organized opposition or concerned citizens?
It's the question most Americans now struggle with whenever seeing on television images of people screaming, pointing fingers or waving weighty stacks of paper at healthcare town hall meetings.
Woman protests Obama's healthcare reform at town hall meeting with Rep. Barney Frank.
One side would like all Americans to believe that these Nazi-doctored-Obama-picture-toting-citizens aren't part of any organized group effort to derail healthcare reform. Yet, it's just hard to believe, especially when these same in-your-face challengers have trouble expanding on their arguments against heathcare reform when they stray off script.
Accusations that insurance companies and conservatives are behind these orchestrated efforts to turn public opinion against healthcare reform have been running rampant since the start of the debate.
It's enough to plant dread into immigrant advocates who are leery of how anti-immigration reformists will attack when it comes time to debate the bill for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
Well, a video that surfaced over the weekend shows that the opposition against CIR isn't waiting for the bill to even be written. They have already started an attack that shows the ugliest battle is yet to be fought.
The last thing I want to do at Latina Lista is give free publicity to what I view as nothing more than a piece of propaganda film against immigration reform and undocumented immigrants, but I provide the video to start making people aware that subtle, and obviously not so subtle, attempts will be made to turn public opinion against immigration reform the closer we get to Congress introducing a CIR bill.
In the process, these individuals, who seem to be fighting for a "white America," are also endangering the lives of legal Latino residents by inciting anger in those people who are already teetering on the edge of reality.
I don't think I have to share my analysis of the film for anyone to be able to pick out the elements that make this a propaganda piece directed against Latinos, undocumented immigrants and immigration reform.
Yet, there was one thing that was amusing about this video -- in the poor attempt to make people think this was remotely about healthcare reform (like we were led to believe in the beginning), it's laughable when the "hostess" of the video tries to talk about the healthcare bill to someone who is attending the town hall meeting and is against the bill.
It doesn't take long for the "hostess" to go above the guy's head when she starts citing reports, etc. If there had been a text bubble over his head, the line of Homer Simpson quotes could rapidly fill it. It did provide the perfect seagueway into talking about Latinos and immigration reform.
From then on, it was pretty clear what the intent of this video was and it was disturbing to watch.
It was disturbing to watch grown men being allowed to egg on a teenager with taunts and dares. It was equally disturbing to see how the police overreacted in subduing this teen, and it was disgusting to read the captions.
Yes, there is no doubt the next legislative battle is going to be ugly but only if people with evil intentions of painting the whole Latino community in a negative light are allowed to operate without being challenged by both citizens and our nation's leaders.