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Spreading the Holiday Racism…Courtesy of Right Wing Conservatives

‘Tis the season to be jolly…or as right wing conservatives would have it: ’tis the season to be racist and to spread hatred.  Humanevents.com, a website which deems itself as the “headquarters of the conservative underground” is promoting the right wing’s newest shot at sick, racist humor, a holiday song parody titled “Illegals in my Yard”, which is set to the tune of “Feliz Navidad”.  The song is rampant with Latino stereotypes as drunken freeloaders who escaped from border patrol and are out to spread disease and to take down Lou Dobbs (you can view the lyrics here, but please keep a brown bag nearby, as you may just hurl).

“Feliz Navidad” was originally written and composed by Jose Feliciano who intentionally used both English and Spanish for his holiday song, as a way to “create a bridge between two wonderful cultures during the time of year in which we hope for goodwill toward all.”  Leave it to the right wing to take this well-intentioned Christmas song and turn it into a way to spread their hateful, racist agenda. 

Earlier in the year, the Republican National Committee released a “humorous” parody of “Puff the Magic Dragon”, and called it “Barack the Magic Negro”.  Though there was considerable backlash from those who saw past the “oh it’s just fun and games” excuse, the RNC refused to apologize.  Why apologize?  It’s just the right wing conservatives’ miserably failed attempt at “humor”.  There is unlikely any feelings of shame or remorse coming from the right wing for creating and circulating such parodies of popular songs.  According to right wing conservatives, racist “humor” is apparently alright, so long as it is “humor” aimed towards Latino Americans and African Americans.  And, if you cannot laugh at it and brush it off as good fun and humor, you must not be able to take a joke, right?  You must not be funny, and you must not have a sense of humor, right?

How do we address this type of “humor”, especially when it is created and perpetuated by those men who are racially, economically and authoritatively in posititions of power?  If they refuse to recognize and confront their own racism due to an enormous sense of hubris and denial, how do we respond?  Though the answers to these questions are difficult, they are important for us to discuss.  So I open this up to you: how do we deal with this particular type of racism?

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Sarah Palin’s Got a Fear of Asians

Former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a fear of Asians and Asian Americans.  In an article reported on the Huffington Post:

Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, gave a different account to Conroy and Walshe. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.”

Palin, who attended four different universities and colleges to complete her Bachelor’s, felt uncomfortable in Hawaii, whose population primarily consists of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.  She felt out of place in a state where white was not the majority.  In recalling her undergraduate experiences, Palin claimed to have most preferred her last school of attendance, the University of Idaho, which she considered “much like Alaska yet still ‘Outside.’ ”  In other words, Palin feels most comfortable at a place populated by a majority of white people — people she deemed to be just like her.

All this is coming from a former governor of Alaska, a former vice presidential candidate of the Republican party.  Palin, who embodies the socially conservative views, ideas and beliefs of the Republican party, appeals to those who also identify as Republican.  It’s only evidence to believe that the Republican party as a whole is falling further and further away from what the founding fathers had envisioned the party to be — a political party who in its earliest years had leaders who believed in and fought for civil rights — into a party of moral decline and social regression; a party whose values and actions are slowly becoming synonymous with white nationalism.

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