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Not the Onion:

Ariz. Protestors Mistakenly Blockade YMCA Bus Instead Of Migrants

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — Protesters waved “Return to Sender” signs, shoved a group of mariachi musicians and waited for a bus of immigrant children that the local sheriff told them would arrive. At one point, they briefly halted a bus before realizing it was carrying children from a YMCA.

Note that: the embarrassment was not over screaming at busses full of terrified children, but merely at screaming at the wrong kind of children.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, GOP pol goes for that “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seem all” vote that’s totally not about race or anything:

GOP Congressional Candidate Mistakes YMCA Campers for Migrant Kids

I *demand* that Obama stop conspiring to give free government handouts to conspiratorial immigrant children sent here in order to make Tea Party jingoes look like ice-hearted buffoons. They are clearly able to do that without help from the damn liberals!

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  • Dan C

    Nope. Not about race.

    There is the conservative defense that unless the “N” word is said, it’s not about race.

    Meanwhile, Pat Buchanan channels a certain political faction’s id, overtly longing for white, Christian America and contrasting us those entities that are purging their countries of different ethnic groups.

    Buchanan wonders when we voted for this country all but suggesting its time to kick out the Asians, South Asian, and Latinos.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/america-is-a-microcosm-of-a-world-on-fire/

    Nope. It’s not about race or anything.

    Natalie Tran, though, is willing to talk about race:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ivkw27k9J0c

    • Joe

      I saw that Natalie Tran video before. Love it.

  • Eve Fisher

    Race will always be an issue in America because
    in our country white is considered the norm (even though Native Americans were here first and the Spanish came next). And, no one can ever breed themselves white. Instead, they are
    always defined – whether entertainer, politician, church-goer, athlete – by their
    race: “Hispanic-American”, “Asian-American,”
    “African-American”. If they’re just called an American,
    they’re white. But if your white child marries someone who is even 1/8th black, their children will be called black until the end of time. That right there is a major problem, because that labeling implies something negative.

    Note: that’s not the way it is in some other parts of the world.
    Did you know that Alexandre Dumas, the author of “The Three
    Musketeers”, etc., had a black grandfather? Never mentioned. Which made him “black” and his son, Alexandre Dumas fils, another writer, “black”. Or
    Colette, who also had a black grandfather. Now, to be fair, in Europe they do pay a lot of attention to your religion…

    • Paxton Reis

      “Instead, they are always defined – whether entertainer, politician, church-goer, athlete – by their race: “Hispanic-American”, “Asian-American,” “African-American…”

      This is a two way street. Groups self-identify has a hyphenated American…been that way for a long long time. Going back through records one can find Irish-American, German-American, Polish-American named groups, clubs, organizations, etc. dating back to the late 1800s.

      And in the university environment there are so many self-identified groups for African Americans, Asians, Latinos, etc. (Coming from an Asian family, the Asian one is interesting given the differences and identification that Chinese have vs. Filipinos, vs. Koreans, vs. Vietnamese, and vice versa).

      All of this shows that ethnic, tribal, and nationalistic feelings are deeply held throughout the human family, and unfortunately can, far too often, be detrimental to the human condition. These views and feelings are an unfortunate obstacle to living the Gospel.

      • Dave G.

        Well said.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      We identify our inter-racial children as ‘snickerdoodles’, because who doesn’t like a cookie? Seriously, though, America seems as obsessed with race as it is with breasts, and it seems to be getting worse, not better. I think seeing every sub-group as a group of votes doesn’t help. There is a wide variety within the Hispanic/Latino community.

  • petey

    upside: those children will come to know what rightwingism means. they learned the hard way granted, but now they know.

  • jroberts548

    But the real mystery is why hispanics don’t vote Republican.

    • Dan C

      Exactly. So…let’s count up the demographic: 12% black- almost all go Democrat for obvious reasons. 8% Hispanic vote (70% break for Dems). 6% Asian vote (now over 70% Dems) and 2% Jewish vote (70% for Dems).

      Every percentage group is higher in proportion than in 1992 (when Hispanics voted evenly for Republicans, and Asian tilted more in favor for Republicans).

      Why have all these groups moved to the Democrats? My claim is that this id on display in these protests, in comments against these refugees and in Buchanan’s post is the reason. The Southern Strategy was not just a cynical ploy as much as representing and creating a practice of race-based campaigns and politics. The habits of mind are on display now.

      Politically it was foolish. It planned on throwing away a quarter of the votes in this decade by race-based politics. The Tea Party is more of this same plan.


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