About that “Cuban side or the white side”

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About that "Cuban side or the white side"

I nor­mally ignore any­thing said by mem­bers of The View because life’s too short.

How­ever, today I’m mak­ing an excep­tion, in the inter­est of ‘a con­ver­sa­tion about race’, that much-​touted issue Star­bucks wants to foist on us, cof­fee buy­ers of Amer­ica:
As spo­ken by Whoppi Gold­berg:

It has come up before for this very rea­son because he’s one of the peo­ple that said, well, he should — the pres­i­dent — well, Hun, you know — I want to see your birth cer­tifi­cate. And you’re a mixed, gen­tle­man, right? You are mixed. I want to know, are you talk­ing for the Cuban side or the white side. What are you talk­ing for? See, now, when we turn it around, it’s not very nice. It’s not very nice.

This is the sort of b.s. that I’ve been writ­ing about for nearly a decade. Since Whoopi is so invested in iden­tity pol­i­tics, she will never fig­ure out that, then it comes to His­pan­ics, the truth is that there is no such thing as “Hispanic.”

Allow me to say it again,

There are two dozen Spanish-​speaking coun­tries in the Amer­i­cas. Each one of those coun­tries is as unique as coun­tries can be. Their his­to­ries are dif­fer­ent, their cus­toms, foods, music, tra­di­tions, and even their slang, are dif­fer­ent. Every “His­panic” coun­try has peo­ples of every eth­nic ori­gin, race, reli­gion, eco­nomic sta­tus, fam­ily size, edu­ca­tional back­ground, phys­i­cal size and build, level of work skills, and intel­lec­tual and men­tal abil­ity. You will find this to be the case even more dra­mat­i­cally in all cities with large ports, and in resort areas. A lot of peo­ple from other coun­tries who come for trade and plea­sure return to set­tle per­ma­nently in those areas.

You want diver­sity? Let’s look at real diversity:

There are Peru­vians of Japan­ese ances­try (and one of them became pres­i­dent of Peru). There are Chi­nese Cubans. There are Eng­lish Puerto Ricans (my mother’s high school teacher’s fam­ily, for instance) – and Puerto Rico has a sig­nif­i­cant ille­gal alien prob­lem from peo­ple from adja­cent islands. There are Ger­man Venezue­lans. There are Irish Argen­tini­ans. The Africans that were brought to Latin Amer­ica from the slave trade are not all from the same areas of Africa and did not fol­low the same tra­di­tions. Even among the native peo­ples, the Peru­vian Quechua are not the Chilean Mapuche who are not the Mayans of Apoc­a­lypto.

Within coun­tries there are sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences. For exam­ple: Among the mil­lions of legal and ille­gal immi­grants to the USA, there are hun­dreds of native asso­ci­a­tions, par­tic­u­larly in the South West. Do a google search for aso­cia­cion Oax­aca and you’ll find 966,000 results. The Mex­i­cans who come from Oax­aca will tell you that they are not the Mex­i­cans from the cap­i­tal (Dis­trito Fed­eral), and that they enjoy get­ting together with their friends from their cor­ner of the old coun­try, hence, the aso­cia­ciones Oax­aque­ñas.

Among the indige­nous peo­ple, some take great pride in not being His­panic — not that Whoopi will ever hear of that.

I can go blue in the face dis­cussing facts about “His­pan­ics”, to no avail. As Glenn Reynolds put it (which Pete has already men­tioned and is worth repeat­ing), the real­ity is that

The “White His­panic” thing is a case of dog-​whistle oth­er­ing, telling peo­ple that the tar­get is out­side the pro­tec­tion of the Democ­rats’ racial coali­tion and thus can be freely attacked. By engag­ing in such sig­nalling, NPR is also sig­nalling that it’s a full-​blown part of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party appa­rat, though that’s not really news.…

Indeed,

So, once Ted is elected, don’t expect to hear the other “H*” word, either.

Related:
Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness Is Mak­ing You Sick

*HIS­TORIC

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news, and cul­ture at Fausta’s blog.

I normally ignore anything said by members of The View because life’s too short.

However, today I’m making an exception, in the interest of ‘a conversation about race’, that much-touted issue Starbucks wants to foist on us, coffee buyers of America:
As spoken by Whoppi Goldberg:

It has come up before for this very reason because he’s one of the people that said, well, he should — the president — well, Hun, you know — I want to see your birth certificate. And you’re a mixed, gentleman, right? You are mixed. I want to know, are you talking for the Cuban side or the white side. What are you talking for? See, now, when we turn it around, it’s not very nice. It’s not very nice.

This is the sort of b.s. that I’ve been writing about for nearly a decade. Since Whoopi is so invested in identity politics, she will never figure out that, then it comes to Hispanics, the truth is that there is no such thing as “Hispanic.”

Allow me to say it again,

There are two dozen Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas. Each one of those countries is as unique as countries can be. Their histories are different, their customs, foods, music, traditions, and even their slang, are different. Every “Hispanic” country has peoples of every ethnic origin, race, religion, economic status, family size, educational background, physical size and build, level of work skills, and intellectual and mental ability. You will find this to be the case even more dramatically in all cities with large ports, and in resort areas. A lot of people from other countries who come for trade and pleasure return to settle permanently in those areas.

You want diversity? Let’s look at real diversity:

There are Peruvians of Japanese ancestry (and one of them became president of Peru). There are Chinese Cubans. There are English Puerto Ricans (my mother’s high school teacher’s family, for instance) – and Puerto Rico has a significant illegal alien problem from people from adjacent islands. There are German Venezuelans. There are Irish Argentinians. The Africans that were brought to Latin America from the slave trade are not all from the same areas of Africa and did not follow the same traditions. Even among the native peoples, the Peruvian Quechua are not the Chilean Mapuche who are not the Mayans of Apocalypto.

Within countries there are significant differences. For example: Among the millions of legal and illegal immigrants to the USA, there are hundreds of native associations, particularly in the South West. Do a google search for asociacion Oaxaca and you’ll find 966,000 results. The Mexicans who come from Oaxaca will tell you that they are not the Mexicans from the capital (Distrito Federal), and that they enjoy getting together with their friends from their corner of the old country, hence, the asociaciones Oaxaqueñas.

Among the indigenous people, some take great pride in not being Hispanic – not that Whoopi will ever hear of that.

I can go blue in the face discussing facts about “Hispanics”, to no avail. As Glenn Reynolds put it (which Pete has already mentioned and is worth repeating), the reality is that

The “White Hispanic” thing is a case of dog-whistle othering, telling people that the target is outside the protection of the Democrats’ racial coalition and thus can be freely attacked. By engaging in such signalling, NPR is also signalling that it’s a full-blown part of the Democratic Party apparat, though that’s not really news. . . .

Indeed,

So, once Ted is elected, don’t expect to hear the other “H*” word, either.

Related:
Political Correctness Is Making You Sick

*HISTORIC

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s blog.