Monday, September 10, 2007


When Hispanics became the largest minority in America we saw some changes. McDonald's commercials no longer featured as many blacks. Coca-cola ran ads with roommates eating "Mom's home made empanadas".

Now that trend is starting to show itself in politics. Brown is the new black:

And the candidates were eager to connect their experiences with those of the Latino community.

Clinton noted that her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, is a Latina, while Obama likened the work of labor activist Cesar Chavez to that of Martin Luther King Jr.

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.) bragged that the small town where he grew up, Robbins, N.C., "is now half Latino." And Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) said Spanish should become a second national language, a stance that Dodd and Richardson would not adopt.

Richardson, the only Latino running for president, was the most explicit he has been in this campaign in discussing his Mexican American heritage and in identifying himself with Latino issues.

"I am of the view that Latinos can make a difference in this presidential election," he said. "Forty-three million of us all around the country can decide not just what is best for Latinos but what is best for America."
I find this sort of trash offensive. I don't understand why people feel the need to vote as a faction based solely on the color of their skin.

I can understand voting for liberalism or conservativism. I can understand voting for gun rights, or for abortion. But why on earth would you ever vote because of the nationality of your parents or grandparents?

There's no Irish voting block, or German, or Italian. No one even runs as a Catholic or Protestant candidate; the Mormon in this race sure isn't calling for all Mormons to vote for him exclusively for that reason.

My mother is a naturalized citizen. My entire family on her side is from Chile, of mixed English, Spanish, and Indian descent. I feel no need to vote "Latino"; I don't understand why anyone else would.