“South Texas just loves the Clintons” ¿Y por qué? – Asks Michaelr

February 16th, 2008 · 17 Comments

We periodically cruise the other Latino political blogs on the internet to see what they are saying. Dos Centavos is a blogger out of Texas. He usually focuses on local happenings in the Texas Democratic party. Michaelr, having maternal roots in Texas, wanted to chime in and respond to $.02 recent post on Hillary Clinton with another strong reaction:

Has the Mexican social caste system crossed the Rio Grande and engrained itself into the Tejano mentality? Has the Third World small-minded mentality that dictators and tyrants have used to systematically repress and stifle the progressive motives of their populace transferred itself to South Texas? Have the cheap goods from China via Wal-Mart made South Texas Chicanos so giddy they believe that shopping and working there, while earning minimum wage with no benefits is heaven on earth? Has five hundred years of racial conditioning blinded those Latinos in South Texas to the actual prospects of racial parity and political empowerment? Do you feel honored to send your sons and daughters to serve, to be maimed, and die for the fiscal interests of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, CondiLiar Rice, and the oil industry? Are you proud to be viewed by White America as second, and third class citizens who are so gullible, a presidential candidate only has to eat tacos at a local eatery and parade Ugly Betty around to gain your vote? Have you forgotten your history, and what WASP politicians have been telling you for the last three hundred years? You can go to sleep at night and pray to the Virgin Mary or Jesucristo that your vote for Hillary will make you a white person, but sooner than later your employer will remind you that your skills don’t merit that wage increase reserved for Bob Smith, that lazy asshole who misses two days of work each week, and can barely read. Or if you do climb the ladder, you can be demoted like Patti Solis Doyle and then have to tell everyone that you wanted to spend more time with your family.


Tags: Hillary Clinton · Presidential Elections

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Kaiser // Feb 16, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Michael…Michael that was brutal, but it was right on the money. This is such a hard dose of reality.

  • 2 Bearguez // Feb 16, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Patti Solis Doyle got her ass fired because she watched soap operas in her office, told everyone who worked for her that she was the Queen Bee, and played hide and seek with the campaign contributions. How stereotypical is that? I wonder how much time she spent at the mall, while she was supposed to be soliciting for political contributions. You let her off too easy. Your mommy is from South Texas?

  • 3 Michaelr // Feb 16, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Yes…I spent a lot of summers in Laredo, and Nuevo Laredo.

  • 4 El Cholo // Feb 16, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    We got some of that brain dead South Texas mentality here in Los Angeles. I think Hillary went to King Taco with the mayor and that sleaze ball Fabian Nunez when she was here. You’d think they’d know a better place to eat. I guarantee you the mayor doesn’t eat there. But you have a point…all this support for a woman who has supported the Bush White House and everything they’ve wanted to get through the Senate. But you know us Americanos, we believe anything white people tell us.

  • 5 InformedLatino // Feb 16, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I am amazed at the extent to which some Latinos display their ignorance about black people. Lest we forget that black people played a major role in shaping the Latino culture and defining who we are as people. The Latino dance (salsa, merengue etc), music and musical instruments are African in their origin. They were brought to the SA continent by African Slaves and their descendants.
    I am so fed up with all the “Latino don’t like black people” talk played by the media and some ignorant Latinos in this election. A large chunk of Latinos are descendants of African slaves. The Latino community in general is not monolithic, but racially diverse. We have Latinos of African, European, Asian and Native Indian descents.
    Ex-President Fujimore of Chile is a good example of a Latino of Asian descent. President Chavez of Venezuela and Lula of Brazil were born to a family of African, Native American and European stock. However, they were certainly not among the first or the most famous Latinos of African Origin. That honor belongs to Mexico’s Vicente Guerrero. Vicente Guerrero was a towering figure in the Americas, masterfully commanding Mexico’s liberation army during much of its independence movement, and later assuming his country’s presidency (on April 1st, 1819) where he fought off foreign invaders.
    Those Latinos who won’t vote for Obama or a black candidate simply for being black are ignorant fools who need some lessons in their own cultural history.

  • 6 Michaelr // Feb 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    This contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has brought to the forefront the horrible after effects of American Racism. While Black America has spent the last 200 years risking their lives to end institutional slavery, creating colleges to prove they were not intellectually inferior to White America, and forming organizations to combat continued behavioral social racism in America, Hispanic America has accepted their slavery role to White America, lived in denial of that fact, and in some cases intermarried with WASPs to erase their shameful Hispanic lineage. There have been some courageous Latinos who have emerged from time to time to remind us of this fact, but overall we have convinced ourselves that working and shopping at Wal-Mart and minimum wage isn’t such a bad lot in life. We elect self-serving Latino politicians who seek to only financially enrich themselves and pander to White America, while ignoring the political needs of the Hispanic community in our efforts to move up the food chain and secure a piece of the America dream. We have been slaves to White America for nearly five hundred years. Don’t you think it’s time we removed those shackles and declared our freedom? Look beyond tomorrow and see the world your children will inherit. Hillary Clinton is the status quo. There will be no emancipation if she is your candidate.

  • 7 XP // Feb 17, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Not all Tejanos are drinking the Hillary kool-aid. The Mexican American Democrats, the oldest Latino group within the Texas Democratic Party, has endorsed Barack Obama for president.

    Oh … tag your it.

  • 8 EYES OF TEXAS // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    If Obama is elected and is inclined to playing ethnic politics he will tarnish his position as the first ehtnic minority to be president. He would not be so bold as to raise the ire of White America by proposing any type of CIR that looks anything close to an amnesty. He, being an ethnic minority president, may destroy any chances of any future ethnic minority candidates if he is seen as pandering to special interest groups. It would be a long, long time before another minority would even be given a chance to run for president.

  • 9 The Kaiser // Feb 18, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t think you speak for all of White America. However, its safe to say you probably speak for the Ku Klux Khan, the Aryan Nations or rather people of that mentality. You may not know that Barack Obama’s mother is white, and he was raised by his white grandparents who hail from Kansas. I realize this may have little consequence to your thinking, but I take offensive that you claim to speak for all of White America. Some of us are real far away from your bigoted mentality.

  • 10 Stace Medellin // Feb 19, 2008 at 12:54 am

    I’m laughing my ass off. Obama sure has learned the WASP politician game. He’s paying off every anti-immigrant zealot for their superdelegate vote: Lampson, McCaskill, Chet Edwards, John Tester. And I’m supposed to trust this guy? No thanks!

  • 11 Michaelr // Feb 19, 2008 at 1:14 am

    And what is he paying them off with? Coupons from Wal-Mart?

  • 12 Bearguez // Feb 19, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Is this Stace a man or woman? What an incredibly stupid thing to say. This person has probably consumed gallons of the Hillary kool-aid that Xicano Power wrote about. And then had Ugly Betty come over and talk about telenovelas for hours on end. Does he/she know how productive Hillary has been in the Senate?

  • 13 EYES OF TEXAS // Feb 19, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I do not, nor ever implied that I speak for ALL of White America. I do know all there is to know about Obama and realize that as a minority, he must tread very gently on the issues that appear to be racially driven. As historical as a Black president may be, he must set a very high level of acceptance to pave the way for other minority candidates. Though I don’t speak for anyone except myself, I do understand that ethnic pandering will not be tolerated by the majority, White America.

  • 14 EYES OF TEXAS // Feb 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    One more observation about Obamas White relatives. Why are they being hidden away and not hardly ever mentioned in the media? It seems to me they are being kept out of the news intensionally. Maybe he’s ashamed of his roots.

  • 15 The Kaiser // Feb 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    You must only watch Network Television news…or worse, only Fox news. The hundreds of millions of people watching this Presidential contest all know how he feels about his mother’s parents. He speaks about them all the time. You need to expand your horizons. All that hate brewing inside you plays havoc with your cerebral functions.

  • 16 Felicia // Feb 21, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I’m black. I lived in central Texas while I attended Texas State University, and that bullsh*t about Chicanos/Latinos not liking black people is just that– BS. The media is making this crap up, but the voters are smart. They’re thinking for themselves. And for the first time in “my” adult life, I am proud of America because people of color are speaking up for change. We will no longer be in the shadows.

  • 17 Pocos pero locos // Feb 23, 2008 at 8:15 am

    As a latino from East los and sadly I am going to have to disagree with you Felicia. Growing up, I heard much prejudice from family and friends.

    Frankly, the LA I grw up with a by-product of segregation days that had passed. For example there was no black families for at least 15 miles around my parents home….nothing but mexicanos.

    First many latinos are not engaged in the political process they beleive as long as they keep a low profile, everything is OK. Also, many have been effectivley played against the Black community by carry over stereo types long held by some white americans.

    Thankfully this has changed much since I was a kid, the younger generation is unhampered by the past. Music, culture and style have great contirbuted to breaking down boundaries between peoples.

    South texas is still an area that has been effectively exploited by politicians since the days of the Kleberg and LBJ…

    Today…shady south texas politics are further complicated by the narco-traficantes on both side of the border…

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