Here is my first Op Ed piece in the Huffington Post!!!! Who's The Real Racist? Excerpt from the article:
It's not difficult to find problematic and racist clips from Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, but it's worth noting a few of their lowest moments. Here's
O'Reilly having a near coronary in his quest to demonize undocumented
immigrants, who he refers to as "illegal aliens", not to mention his
repeated use of the term "wetback." Limbaugh has called Mexicans "stupid and unqualified," and called L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa a "shoeshine boy."
There are real consequences when this country's most viewed
conservative TV personalities spew out racist language like this. By
dehumanizing Latinos, they create a climate that inevitably leads to
racism and violence, particularly against immigrants. And the evidence
bears this out. Members of the fast-growing Latino community are
increasingly the targets of hate crimes, which have increased by 35% from 2003 to 2006.
This past week, the organization I helped found, Presente Action, a Latino advocacy group, called on Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today to denounce Rush Limbaugh's newest inflammatory attacks on Judge Sonia Sotomayor. The ad below is what we ran on Spanish- language radio and TV spots demanding they denounce Limbaugh. Joe Garofoli, in his SF Chron Politics Blog, wrote:
"The two-month-old Berkeley liberal online hub called Presente
-- which wants to be the Latino MoveOn -- has scored the progressive
daily double: It has ticked off both Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly." Read full story by clicking here
Here is the OReilly video segment:
We also pushed Limbaugh's buttons. On his show Monday, responding to Presente Action's new Spanish radio ads about his previous attacks on Sotomayor, Limbaugh said, "Sotomayor's comments are much worse than Macaca" -- the infamous racist slur that led to the defeat of former Senator George Allen in 2006. Limbaugh also said, "She reflects the racial anger, attitude that Obama has."
Limbaugh has no shame -- launching more racist attacks on Judge Sotomayor during a historic week when her credentials are on full display. Our elected leaders cannot remain silent in the face of these inflammatory comments polluting the public discourse.
The radio ads aired in Florida congressional districts rich with Hispanic voting populations, and call on local congressoinal Republicans to denounce Limbaugh's previous remarks calling Sotomayor "a bigot and a racist."
I've been on an experimental wave these past few months, trying to stay very loose with my lines and ideas. I'm churning out so many political pieces that I realize I need time to just do some loose, non-text, brain-dump style work. Here is my homage to Frida as well as some new etchings.
This last blue piece is dedicated to Michael Jackson and is titled "Let the Madness of the Music Get to You," a line from Off the Wall.