The GOP has some real problems with racism.

The Log Cabin Republicans are a mystery to me.  They support a group that positively despises them and want to make their lives less happy.  The Hispanic Buzzword Leadership Network is kind of in the same vein.  It’s a group of racial minorities supporting the party that regularly attempts to discourage minority voters and has been, in general, the the political party of appeal for racists.  The Network just sent many Republicans a list of helpful tips for not pushing away Latino voters.

But then you hear certain members of the Republican Party use terms like like “dogs,” or “wetbacks,” or “socialists by nature [who] come from Mexico [to] plunder [America's] goodies“ to describe Hispanic immigrants, and you’re a little torn. On the one hand, you still really like the GOP’s positions on things like abortion and cap-and-trade. On the other hand, you’re not sure how comfortable you are with their Let’s Send All Them Illegals Back To Mexico Where They Belong campaign. If only there were a way to convince the GOP to stop using this kind of rhetoric?

That’s exactly what members of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network set out to do when they emailed their Republican colleagues on Monday with some helpful suggestions for “tonally sensitive messaging points when discussing immigration proposals.” The HLN’s memo was not entitled “Because Apparently This Shit Needs To Be Said,” nor was it entitled “How Not To Sound Like a Raging Jackass When You Talk About Immigration Reform: Some Friendly Do’s & Don’t From the Hispanic Leadership Network,” but it maybe should have been.

When addressing securing our borders:

Don’t use phrases like “send them all back,” “electric fence,” [or] “build a wall along the entire border”

And also…

When talking about immigrants:

Do use “undocumented immigrant” when referring to those here without documentation

Don’t use the word “illegals” or “aliens”

Don’t use the term “anchor baby”

Wow, with insights like those, I hope they also included revelations like “don’t put your head in fire”.

C’mon guys…if your refer to Latinos as anchor babies, it might result in them not voting for you.  It turns out that racial minorities don’t have a soft spot for racism.  Well, most of them, anyway (looking at you, Hispanic Leadership Network).

Rather than try to cure their racist ways, some Republicans like Pennsylvania’s Lou Barletta would just try to keep those stupid, lazy immigrants (and their votes) out of the country.

“I hope politics is not at the root of why we’re rushing to pass a bill. Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,” Barletta said. “The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”

Yeah, I’m guessing he missed the Hispanic Leadership Network’s memo.  What you just said, Mr. Barletta?  That’s why they’re not voting for you.  It’s not that they’re too stupid or lazy, it’s that they’re at least smart enough to see who hates them.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    They’re like “boots on the ground” creationists: the think tanks and the like can waste their brain power on nifty words and phrases to use to hide their real intent but the foot soldiers are just too eager or too dumb or both to go for all that.

  • eric

    “The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma.

    Someone born and raised in Mexico not having a US High School diploma – imagine that! I bet those damn canuckistan immigrants cross over without having a US high school diploma, too.

    • JOhn Horstman

      Oh, but they’re consistently read as White, so that’s fine. We don’t like brown immigrants; the White ones are just dandy.

  • baal

    This letter is somewhat akin to the advice that when you’re in a pit stop digging. Only that the letter is not even that good. It’s somewhere around ‘maybe you should knock 1% off your digging rate’.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    And the problem they have is “those damned non-whites keep voting!”

  • RobMcCune

    On the one hand, you still really like the GOP’s positions on things like abortion…

    C’mon guys…if your refer to Latinos as anchor babies, it might result in them not voting for you.

    Yeah, if they’re opposed to abortion because they’re uncomfortable with the idea their mother could have gotten rid of them if they weren’t wanted, they’ll sure as hell will resent the idea their birth was a cynical immigration/welfare ploy on the part of their mothers.


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