Thursday, August 30, 2012

The GOP Is Not Colour-Blind

They want to make the tent bigger, but only for a few ...

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As much as I love Toure', I have to interject a few corrections here. Those Republicans with Spanish-sounding names, who are hankering after the Latino votes, are not Latino. They are Hispanic, and there's a difference. Latinos are brown and are mixed Native American and European (Spanish). Latinos are brown.

Hispanics are 100% European. Their ancestors came from Spain, and if they intermarried with anyone else, it was someone from a European background. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, however much they might try to say they aren't, are white. Hilda Solis and Raul Grijalva are Latino and brown. So the Republicans you see with Spanish-sounding surnames are white Hispanics, whose background was traditionally a tad higher than the mestizo Latinos.

Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal (both of whom changed their first names for more homogenous-sounding American ones) are oreos. They are people of colour who want to be white and consider themselves as such, never comprehending that their Republican cohorts might think otherwise.

And as much as Allen West might remark about African American Democrats as "slaves who never left the Democratic plantation," I fear he needs to fact-check himself. Those few black faces we see talking on the podium and dotted about the hall are like those slaves who stayed behind after Emancipation.

Whatever they all think themselves to be, we know that they are just tokens to put on display.

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