Thursday, May 28, 2009
Really, can they sink no lower? Ultimately, what this boils down to is white heterosexual men feeling threatened by minority groups. To them, Obama is giving just too much power and too much responsibility to a lowly Latina woman. Hispanics are fine as long as they are confined to working at fast food joints and mowing lawns, but once they enter high political positions, cowardly conservative white men seek to push them out. Tom Tancredo himself is no stranger to this behavior, as seen by his political ad that implies that all illegal immigrants will either steal our jobs or become terrorists.
By the way, in case you're wondering about what La Raza really does, here's their mission statement:
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.
La Raza focuses only on Hispanics because most white people don't need the same help. Yes, of course there are impoverished and unemployed white people, but they have a much greater chance of being able to attain a job and a college degree than most Hispanics do.
It is precisely these hardships that lead to developing the unique experiences of Hispanic women - the same experience Sonia Sotomayor was referring to when she stated that Hispanic judges, having lived drastically different lives than white people, would make different decisions than white judges would.
In the media coverage of Sotomayor, all I see is cowardice. White men are afraid to let a proud Latina make important decisions, as if she's destined to always rule in favor of the side that bears a Hispanic defendant or prosecutor. They know that her confirmation will mean big steps in the direction of letting Hispanic people do more than just mow lawns and paint houses. The white men don't like that. They like their power, their status, and their nice, comfy position on top.