Thursday, April 13, 2006

Backlash from the "scare the white people" strategy?

The concocted immigrant crisis is making Americans misplace the blame for our economic woes. But it is having a backlash too, as it turns the ray of ignorance and frustration on a wide swath of brown (or not) people who have been here for a long time.
The mistake the U.S. spin-meisters are making now is that they are clumsily and racistly trying to equate "Latino," "Mexican," and "illegal," (terms that are NOT interchangeable) in hopes of scaring the bejesus out of non-Hispanic white Americans and directing American anger over disappearing jobs, failing schools and lack of health care on what they wrongly perceive to be a foreign menace.

Why this fearmongering against Latinos a mistake? Simple. Most Latinos in the U.S. are citizens who are extremely offended by this false labeling and ignorant discourse. The only exception, I think, is Alberto Gonzalez.
Heh. Now let's just hope that all of those annoyed Latinos remember to turn out in November (and/or that the attempt to change the debate fails)...

(via dailyKos)

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