Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage

Friday 14 May 2010

by: Eugene Robinson, Op-Ed

Washington – At least we don’t have to pretend anymore. Arizona’s passing of that mean-spirited new immigration law wasn’t about high-minded principle or the need to maintain public order. Apparently, it was all about putting Latinos in their place.

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2 comments on “Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage


This argument about know history, know your roots from the opponents of SB 1070 is a little disingenous when you realize that these people believed that Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah belonged to Mexico and was the mythical land called AZTLAN. Funny I always thought the land belonged to native Americans ie: Apaches, Hopi, Kumeyaa, Tohono O’odham tribes. Call it hunch but I don’t think any of those people ever heard of AZTLAN. As for SB 1070 it is exactly like federal law so I would strongly reccommend to the crtics of SB 1070 read the Immigration and Nationality Act and understand the ramifications for entering the U.S. illegally either as an EWI or a VISA OVERSTAY. You wanted to cheat your way into the U.S. well guess what now you spend the rest of your life looking over your shoulder nver knowing if you will be seperated from your loved ones. We may not catch you today or tomorrow but rest assured as long as sun rises your ticket will be punched. By the way this apples to all ILLEGALS I don’t care if you one of those Canadians, British, Filipino, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Chinese, Palestinian, Guatamalan or heaven forbid Mexican. Your days of running and hiding are numbered.


TRUTH-American history classes teach kiddies that César Chávez and his United Farm Workers brought justice to farmworkers through boycotts and strikes in California’s Central Valley during the 1960s. What the history books rarely mention is that Chávez and his Mexican followers first earned national prominence by joining an already existing grape huelga started by Filipino laborers. And what the history books never mention is that many of those pioneer Filipinos joined the UFW but eventually left due to perceived discrimination at the hands of the union’s Mexican-majority leadership and members. One of those Filipinos, former UFW vice-president Philip Vera Cruz, described in his 1992 memoir how the union became “very ethnocentric. When [UFW Mexican members] called out “Viva la Raza” or “Viva César Chávez,” they didn’t realize that all these “Vivas” did not include the Filipinos.

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