LatinaLista — One consequence of the immigration debate is that it has tagged all Latinos with the same labels: immigrant, Spanish-speaking and illegal.
Nothing matters to those who are intent on seeing every brown face or hearing every Spanish accent as illegal and a worthy candidate for abuse.
But in a second example, we’re seeing Latinos are fighting back.
In California, it’s reported that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a suit on behalf of a group of Hispanic construction workers who were the butt of racially offensive remarks and actions.
It seems the construction contractor is being hauled into court because the workers say that a supervisor would refer to them as “stupid Mexicans” and said “Latinos are the slaves of the twenty-first century.”
This same supervisor was said to use “crude” language when talking about them and would single them out from the rest of the workers to make them answer questions about alcohol and drug abuse.
Obviously, the supervisor didn’t get the memo that while there may be some types of Latinos who will endure that type of treatment to safeguard their jobs and lives, there are a lot more who won’t.
It’s interesting to note that the case was only pursued in the courts after the EEOC couldn’t reach a voluntary settlement with the company.
Guess they didn’t think a bunch of Mexicans could win.
Time will tell just how false that assumption has become.