Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Maybe It Was Opposite Day

Arkansas Governor Huckabee Welcomes Hispanics. Welcomes them to what? To the "Political Animals Club (that) meets monthly to hear from political figures and experts?" To America? To Arkansas? To his church? Certainly not to government. Somehow I get the feeling that the Political Animals Club is a bunch of rich old white dudes sitting around a hotel convention room table and probably NOT the most welcoming group. Still..this is an example of political rhetoric at its most ridiculous.

His statement is just such a lie it's not even funny. Most halfway educated people in Arkansas have figured out that it's not cool to be racist...but racism is only against black people, you understand. It's still perfectly acceptable to make all the assumptions and embarrassingly crude and outdated prejudices about Hispanics, Latinos or "native Spanish speakers." I know this because I live here. I see it and hear it all the time.

It's the way that Huckabee presented this that's so offensive...like our influx of Hispanics is God's way of allowing the good people of Arkansas to atone for the sins of our racist past. Um, no, actually God had nothing to do with it, Huck...I think Tyson and other manufacturing companies that aggressively courted workers in Mexico and at the border starting back in the 80s probably had a lot more to do with it. Welcome! Come work in our factories gutting chickens and cleaning our bathrooms! We'll try not to lynch you!

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