HISPANIC OR AMERICAN TRAITORS

By Raoul Lowery Contreras

“It’s not comfortable for us to do this, to call out members of our own community who don’t reflect our community values, but we have no choice,”

Cristóbal Alex, president of the Democratic-backed Latino Victory Project.

            The Plantation Democrats have spoken. They have unleashed their basic ignorance of what Hispanics are. In doing so, they denigrate the two most successful Hispanic political candidates in American history.

            No Hispanic since Admiral of the Navy David Farragut turned down the nomination offered him in 1868 by the Republican Party has there been a legitimate Hispanic candidate for President. This time we have two Hispanic Presidential candidates from two of the most important states in a Presidential election -- United States Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

            Mary Jordan of the Washington Post writes: “Liberal Hispanic groups have launched a new campaign designed to turn Latino voters against the two Cuban American Republicans who have risen to the top tier of the GOP presidential field — assailing Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz as traitors to their own culture.”

“Traitors to their own culture.”

           What baloney! Rubio was born in Miami amidst a Cuban American culture to Cuban immigrant parents, a bartender and a hotel maid. He speaks Spanish better than most, certainly better than the “Spanglish” of “pocho” Mexicans (that means border Mexicans who mostly don’t speak Spanish by the third generation). “Traitors” Rubio and Cruz have escaped the “Hispanic” widespread disdain of higher education culture; both are college and law school educated.

           Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban exile father, oil industry workers. He was not born in a Hispanic community like Rubio and doesn’t speak Spanish, but neither do many third-fourth-fifth generation Mexican Americans in Iowa, Chicago or Dallas.

           These two men are not “traitors to their own culture” they are products, American products, of a changing and assimilating culture. America does that, it always has. That is why it is so great, so exceptional.

           What Cristobal Alex means is that Rubio and Cruz aren’t Puerto Rican or Mexican American enough, or in the eyes of “indigenous” racists among us, not Indian enough because neither has Indian blood. Of course…most Cubans and Puerto Ricans have little or no Indian blood. They aren’t mestizos, mixed Indian and European blood.

           Mr. Alex thinks that being Hispanic is a homogeneous and monolithic existence, experience. He is wrong. He thinks, for example, that every Hispanic should agree with him on immigration reforms or supporting minimum wage increases. These issues and dozens of others are not unanimously supported by “all” Hispanics.

           Rubio helped create a giant bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that passed the Senate but never had a chance in the House. No Puerto Rican or Mexican American Senator wrote that bill or voted for that bill because there are no Puerto Rican or Mexican American Senators. Marco Rubio did it.

           Rubio clearly states that a comprehensive bill had NO CHANCE of passing in the House so he proposes a narrower route towards reform and legalization. Cruz is against any reform. On that issue he is ignorant – in my opinion. But there are many Hispanics who feel like he does, especially some Puerto Ricans and Cubans. So they are ignorant, too.

           Puerto Ricans have no dog in the immigration reform hunt. Cubans have the special “wet foot, dry foot” policy that turns illegal alien Cubans into legal immigrants the minute their feet touch sand in Florida, or they cross from Mexico into San Diego, California. In San Diego, if they are in the pedestrian or car line into the U.S. they are in the U.S. for a hundred yards before they speak to a U.S. officer. They are allowed to stay. Mexican Americans don’t like that while Mexicans are hunted down and deported.

           Plantation Democrat Mexican American Dolores Huerta, who is described as an influential labor leader and civil rights activist is idolized by liberal Democrats. They are alone. She had so little support in California from the state’s 40 percent Mexican American population that a Democrat governor couldn’t appoint her to a regular term as a University of California regent. This Hispanic failed labor leader calls these two U.S. Senators Cruz and Rubio that millions of people have voted for “sellouts” and “traitors” and that these two highly successful Hispanic candidates, “are turning their backs on the Latino community.”

           She or Mr. Alex neglect to point out that some conservative Hispanics criticize Senator Cruz, for pushing new limits on immigration — including the repeal of the 14th Amendment guarantee that anyone born in the United States is granted citizenship. That is clearly wrong and unconstitutional but some Hispanics agree with that position, are they sellouts too?

           Mr. Alex, Dolores Huerta and other “liberal” Democrats have sold out the very culture they say they belong to. What these people don’t understand is what my grandfather used to tell me, “Put ten Mexicans into a room and you have 11 different opinions.” That is good. That is very American.  

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