LatinaLista — When it comes to politics, it’s understood that it can be a rough sport between the opposing parties. Extreme exaggerations, outright lies, name-calling â€” and that’s the civil part of it.
However, Republicans have taken politics to a whole new low level. It’s one thing for a party to be against an issue but when that same party goes to great lengths to maliciously ridicule or lie about a particular group then it’s time for concerned party members and voters to draw the line in the proverbial sand and take a stand.
If you’re wondering what could be so bad, it has to do with a particular song that possible RNC Chairman Chip Saltsman included on a CD he gave RNC members back at Christmas. It’s the same CD that had the title track “Barack the Magic Negro,” written by Saltsman by the way.
The questionable song on the CD is titled the “Star Spanglish Banner.”
Now, when it comes to Spanglish, Latinos are the first to embrace the mix of English and Spanish. In fact, we write books and create movies about it.
Yet, the Republican’s “Star Spanglish Banner” had less to do with the skill of mixing two languages and instead chose to ridicule those Latinos who speak with a Spanish accent and rewrite the lyrics to our nation’s anthem to poke fun at the struggle of Hispanic immigrants and the larger Latino community.
The song, its video follows this post, is insulting on several different levels. With it still making the rounds, it’s hard to believe that Republicans are sincerely strategizing to win more Latinos into their ranks.
In fact, if anything, this song serves as the score for recent actions by Republican House and Senate members who are trying with all their might to sow fear and resurrect attacks on Hispanic immigrants and convince the American public that Hispanic immigrants are the cause of the nation’s economic downturn.
It’s such bizarre behavior of a political party that one would think we’re watching the antics of a third world country or a very bad spoof of those “Police Academy” movies. In the latest attempt to scare the public into thinking that undocumented Hispanic immigrants are getting more than they deserve, the Associated Press reported:
WASHINGTON â€“ A top Republican congressional aide says the $800 billion-plus economic stimulus measure could steer government checks to illegal immigrants.
Republican officials are concerned that the Democratic-written legislation makes people who came to the United States illegally eligible for tax credits of $500 per worker and $1,000 per couple.
A House-passed version of the bill and one making its way through the Senate both disqualify nonresident aliens from receiving the credits. But neither requires a worker to have a Social Security number to get the credits.
An economic aid measure enacted in February 2008 that sent rebates to most wage earners required that people have valid Social Security numbers in order to get checks.
Aside from the fact that the majority of the undocumented don’t avail themselves of government hand-outs, otherwise the potential for them to get caught is higher, this allegation from Republicans â€” the latest in a long line of legislative actions targeting Hispanic immigrants, and it’s only been a week and a half, further showcases what can only be described as persecution of these people.
Yet, what is more startling is that none of the Latino Republican leaders has publicly rebuked their party’s leaders for purposely inflaming the issue. As Latino congressional representatives know as well as any other Latino, nobody can tell with 100 percent certainty who is a citizen and who is not.
So, in essence, the mean-spirited targeting of the Republican Party of undocumented Hispanic immigrants has a side consequence â€” the targeting of ALL Latinos by the crazy nuts and the ignorant who now see all Latinos as undocumented immigrants.
Think it’s crazy? What’s crazy is the revelation that the killing of an Ecuadorian immigrant last November on Long Island by seven teenagers wasn’t the first incident of these kids hunting Hispanics.
On Wednesday, the prosecutors painted a newly detailed picture of what they said was a yearlong rampage by some of the teenagers, announcing new indictments that accuse the seven defendants in the fatal attack of assaulting or attempting to assault a total of eight other Latino men.
Prosecutors believe that many more teenagers â€” they are not sure how many â€” were involved in attacks on Hispanics in and around Patchogue, and are still at large. Investigators believe that there is a separate group of teenagers who roam Patchogue on bicycles attacking Latinos, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.
For Latinos, the Republican Party is quickly becoming synonymous with attacks on Hispanics. That they don’t wear hoods but suits makes them a lot scarier.
(Hat tip to ndn.org)