AZ Latino GOP’s actions underscore fallacy that all Latinos are the same

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LatinaLista — News today that the first Hispanic group filed a federal motion in an Arizona court supporting SB 1070 and wanting to intervene with the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the immigration bill has stirred up a lot of attention.

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It’s to be expected.

After all, Latinos are supposed to all think the same way and vote the same way. We all speak Spanish, eat tortillas, have brown skin, have an uncle named Junior and are Catholic, right?

If you didn’t get the sarcasm in the above statement then you don’t know Latinos. Suffice it to say that we are all individuals with our own opinions. Some detest SB 1070 and others obviously don’t see anything wrong with it.

The media’s reaction to the court filing by the Arizona Latino Republican Association underscores the propensity of the media to pour all Latinos into one neat mold. When that mold is broken, rather than recognize it for what it is, charges of rogue Latinos are levied against the “breakaway group.”

But it’s not the case.

While in this instance, it’s not the kind of action polls are showing that the majority of Latinos agree with, it’s not cause to make anymore out of it than what it is — a group of Arizona Republicans who want to show their solidarity with their state party, and they happen to be Latino.