La Otra Eleccion

Friday, October 17, 2008


When immigration issues brought millions of Latino protesters across the country into the streets in 2006, their signs read ‘Today We March – Tomorrow We Vote.’ That tomorrow is now and both presidential candidates are courting Latinos with Spanish-language outreach. Federico Subervi , author of The Mass Media and Latino Politics , explains the parallel presidential campaigns in English and Espanol.
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Comments [1]

James A. Chvez from Albuquerque, NM

In this story you referred to Hispanics in New Mexico as "Mexicans." To the Hispanic families that have lived in New Mexico since the early 17th Century, it considered a slur to be called a "Mexican." We are not and never have been Mexican, aside from the 18 or so years between the Mexican independence from the Spain and the American conquest that New Mexico was part of Mexico (1830 to 1848). Please understand we have no problem with Mexicans, but we are NOT Mexican, we are Americans.
Please note that Santa Fe, the first European capital in North American, is planning its 400 birthday -- yes, that dates before Plymouth.
To illustrate my point, there is a nasty state senate race in Albuquerque. The Republican candidate this week sent out a brochure accusing the Democrat of racism. To make the point the brochure lifted a 1975 quote where the Democrat refers to Hispanics as Mexicans. I have scanned the brochure and would glad to provide it to your show.
I wish NPR would be more attuned to the actual cultural differences in the Hispanic mosaic, and not merely pay it lip service.

Oct. 21 2008 12:49 PM

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