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Say it Ain’t So! Latino on Latino Political Discrimination?

By: Monica Westbrook

The right to vote is not free. Many soldiers have died to protect this precious freedom of all citizens of the United States to express their political voice through voting.  So when I heard someone was telling Latinos not to vote, I asked, “Why not?  And who would even say this?”  My first reaction was to accuse Sharron Angle, the Tea Party candidate in Nevada where the ad was running.  Imagine my surprise.  While Sharron Angle’s team has run some ads with grossly negative depictions of Latinos, they were not responsible for this most heinous ad.

Believe it or not, one of our own did this.  That’s right.  If you haven’t heard by now, we have the Latinos for Reform to thank for this attempt to suppress this most precious right that too many Latinos already ignore.  Supposedly, the purpose is to influence Latinos to “take action” against the Democrats for not fulfilling the promise of immigration reform.  So if I understand this logic, the way to get the Democrats to take action on immigration reform is to essentially be a party to them losing their seats in Congress?  Wouldn’t that ultimately guarantee no action would be taken by Congress on this matter?  Sounds to me like the organization’s president, Robert de Posada is using his position to impose his own agenda.  He is a member of the GOP and, according to the Huffington Post, “a prominent conservative operative,” (GOP-Linked).   Any educated person would, therefore, reasonably deduce that Mr. de Posada believes the Latino vote would be predominantly Democrat.  So by trying to convince his own people to believe this inaction is a form of action, he would, in essence, achieve his own goal, i.e. help the GOP gain power in Congress.

Sharron Angle’s Ads

Now, let’s not allow Sharron Angle to get off scot-free.  If you haven’t seen some of the ads run by her team, please go to YouTube and watch them.  Latinos are depicted as criminals and nothing but a menace to society, sneaking across the border under cloak of darkness, evoking an image that they are to be feared.   One ad shows a brief clip of a white teenage boy who appears to be stressing over the threat of Latinos at his school.

First of all, why did some of our Latino men even agree to be actors in these ads?  I know the economy is tough, but have some principles.

If you’re thinking because you live in any state other than Nevada and this campaign doesn’t impact you, think again.  These ads are getting national coverage, and I fear that Latinos across the country may take this to heart and be discouraged from voting.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Univision ran the “Don’t Vote” ad for a hot minute before pulling it.  Since then, the Wall Street Journal reports that the channel has teamed up with a non-partisan group, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, to run ads encouraging Latinos to get out and vote.  Thank you, Univision.  Telemundo has also joined in this campaign.

So why is the anti-Latino sentiment so strong?  With talks about immigration reform heating up, those opposed to such legislation as the AgJOBS bill are attempting to keep it from coming up for a vote through the use of fear tactics.  What they don’t show you are the millions of laborers on the margin, who work hard to support their families, and get treated as second-class citizens.  These are the real majority, and they don’t deserve to be slandered with these ads.

I attended the Get Motivated seminar Monday, and the much revered General Colin Powell said something that warmed my heart.  First, he told the story of a hot dog vendor on the streets of New York.  When the vendor recognized him, he wouldn’t take his money.  He told Gen. Powell that America has already paid him and his family because he has been able to have his own business and make a living.  Then Gen. Powell said something very freeing.  He said that we have to keep from letting fear cause us to shut down and shut people out.  We can’t let fear keep us from being an open and free country.  That is not the spirit of the U.S.  This is a country built on the backs of immigrants.  Everyone but the Native Americans is a descendent of immigrants.

So when you think about voting today, think about the evolution of this country and how blessed and privileged we are to have a system that allows every citizen to vote, despite race or gender.  Take full advantage of that right, but educate yourself.  Know who the candidates and issues are.  The internet is a wonderful thing as you should know since you’re on it right now reading this.  Now, let’s get out and vote.

Below are some links to some articles on this subject (referenced above) for further reading:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304316404575580303569535716.html?KEYWORDS=univision

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/19/latinos-for-reform-vote-nevada_n_767991.html

Video of Robert de Posada interviewed by Lawrence O’Donnell on The Last Word on msnbc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SSQg_brPM8

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Meet The Root’s Media & Culture Critic, Natalie Hopkinson on The Greenlight Project!

The Greenlight Project is back from our little vacation!! On this show, Friday, July 23, 2010 we will be talking to The Root’s own, Natalie Hopkinson.  Natalie holds the title of the Media and Culture Critic there and is also a member of the adjunct journalism faculty at the Prestigious Georgetown University and co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone (Cleis Press, 2006).

Graduating from one of the top HBCUs’, Howard University, as a Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science and also earning a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Maryland-College Park’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.  Her late 1990s master’s thesis analyzed the first generation of Web-only general audience journalistic publications, including Salon and Slate.

With striving for greatness she later joined the Washington Post-owned Slate Group as a founding editor of the pioneering web journal of politics and culture, The Root. Her doctoral work showed Jurgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere at work in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music culture.  (Side bar) My friends from Maryland LOVE “go-go” music!!!!   The work of this young lady has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, New York Times.com, NPR, WJLA and the BBC.

Not only has Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson mastered her career, but she is also a loving mother of two, married and will be attempting her first triathlon in the upcoming year!  Good luck to you Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson.  I would love some tips on the triathlon because I am still trying to make it through a mile!!! J

Tune into The Greenlight Project, Friday, July 23, 2010 to hear from Mrs. Natalie Hopkinson at 11am EST!!!!  Join us online or dial (646) 727-3906.

We also discussed the following in Rochelle’s Diverse Moves in Media:

Desiree Rogers, former white house social secretary talks what was in the white house and what’s next for her

http://clutchmagonline.com/newsgossipinfo/desiree-rogers-talks-white-house-ebony-why-its-wasnt-about-her/

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers interviewed recently with Fox News Chicago.

On whether the American people will ever have a fair view on her accomplishments during her appointment after the White House crashers incident, Rogers set a record for producing 370 events in one year’s time.

Clutch Magazine Founder builds a team and Launches Coco and Creme

http://cocoandcreme.com/2010/07/welcome-to-coco-creme-thank-you/

A sister site to CLUTCH, Coco & Crème is a new and exciting online editorial experience focusing exclusively on urban fashion and beauty. Filling the void for up-to-the-minute style dishes from the street to the red carpet, Coco & Crème offers the fashion obsessed an user-friendly interface with visually stunning layouts, and some of the Web’s dopest styling, and photography!

Coco & Crème promises daily fashion and beauty news, product reviews, designer and model profiles, weekly plus-size features, video how-tos, and more!

The Coco & Crème Team:
Deanna “Dede” J. Sutton
Geneva S. Thomas
Audra E. Lord
Chelsea Smith
Teneille Craig
Nikki J. Duckworth

Living on the Grid: Your Digital Paper Trail

http://www.blackweb20.com/2010/07/20/living-on-the-grid-your-digital-paper-trail/

While technology provides many conveniences, privacy advocates are concerned that individuals are leaving an unprecedented amount of personal information about themselves stored on public and private servers.

Let’s look at a typical day of a person who uses common technologies.  Under each time slot, I note the places her information is stored. 5:50a-8:00p

While most of this information is aggregated and made anonymous by online service providers, there is no guarantee that this information can not be subpoenaed by a court order or a divorce attorney.  While few of us can avoid using credit cards, much of the information we provide is done on a voluntary basis.  Furthermore, as smartphones become more powerful and consolidate our online lives, they become single points of failure for protecting our personal information.  The digital age’s freedom has to be weighed against the cost to our privacy.

Angela Benton to Receive MMTC Award, All Five FCC Commissioners to Attend Conference

http://www.blackweb20.com/2010/07/19/angela-benton-to-receive-mmtc-award-all-five-fcc-commissioners-to-attend-conference/

Black Web Media Founder/CEO Angela Benton will be inducted into the Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC) Hall of Fame, in recognition to her contributions to diversity and inclusion in media.

Black Web Media is the parent company that publishes Black Web 2.0Politic365 and Young Black Professional Guide, among other properties. Benton has built the media brand from the ground up, with Black Web 2.0 as the leading online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media. She is also one of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010 and was named as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 150.

And in Tamika’s ‘Da Scoop’ we dished on:

USDA reconsiders firing of Ga. official over speech on race

You all know about the political fallout started by a republican blogger that caught wind of a taped NAACP rally that Department of Agriculture’s regional director Shirley Sherrod served as a keynote.  Simply sharing her story of how helping a white farmer transformed and ignited her hidden racism, Sherrod was hoping to shed light on race relations by admitting her erroneous thinking and how facing the pain of what put the racisim there in the first place (her father was killed by a white farmer I believe when she was a child), by helping this man save his farm (the white man), she began to see NOT color, but people and that all poor people suffer no matter what color they are.  Well Mr. Conservative took that sound bite and ran with it all the way to Washington and within a matter of minutes of arriving, The NAACP, Roland S. Martin and The White House was beating down Mrs. Sherrod’s door to charge her as guilty and when they couldn’t reach her, they called her and thanks to good ole technology she was asked to PULL OVER on the side of the road and TEXT her resignation!  How ‘bout that! Can you imagine what that was like?  I’m not sure she even understood what was happening fully at the time.  And now the USDA reconsiders her firing with all kinds of public and private apologies and wanna give her a new job, look at that!  Wow, right?

I’m proud of her for immediately accepting interviews from major outlets like Good Morning America, CNN, etc. to get her story out and good for her for taking her time to THINK about what she desires to create for herself next.  This is a story we will continue to watch for sure!

http://www.ajc.com/news/usda-reconsiders-firing-of-574027.html

Vogue Africa, We Hardly Knew Ye

http://www.afrobella.com/2010/07/21/vogue-africa-we-hardly-knew-ye/

This story is courtesy of our sister station Afrobella’s Patrice Yursik on her blog www.afrobella.com. Cameroonian Photographer Mario Epanya had a wonderful idea of bringing Vogue to Africa and he set about creating that reality for himself.  Living in Paris as a beauty photographer and art director, Epanya shot a number of beautiful covers. His goal was to prove that Vogue Africa could be viable, vibrant, and admired. On July 16, Epanya announced on the Vogue Africa Facebook page that Conde Nast turned down the idea. Check out the article and weigh in!

Serena Williams, Big Butts and the Painful Path to Self-Love

http://www.theroot.com/views/defense-big-butts-and-smiles

This just in from The Root and written by TWS Media’s Afrobella host, Patrice Yursik who’s an amazing blogger/writer.  Yursik has a beautiful way of celebrating the differences of what make us women, human.  In this beautifully written article, she dissects Serena’s interview in Haper’s Baazar magazine where Williams talks about having a hard time learning to accept her curves but how finally doing so has empowered her to all possibilities.  A very empowering viewpoint!

Signing off,

Intern Tia Tia