Lucrece wrote:Mutex wrote:The rhetoric from republican voters towards dems has been horrific for years, it's hardly one way. Apparently republicans are much thinner skinned though. They elected the right leader then...
Oh, please. Both sides do it, but don't pretend only one side gets scandalized when a simple phrase as "bad hombres" triggers a meltdown (and I say this as Latin American born and raised, not some pseudo "Latino" born in the US who can barely speak Spanish suddenly acting offended in behalf of a demographic he's only inherited by blood; the likes of Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez are about as Latina as a Bostonian is actually Irish -- not).
Reminds me when the museum did an exhibit that allowed the wearing of kimonos and its Japanese coordinator was yelled at by US born activists about its offensiveness while Japanese citizens questioned about it didn't find it remotely offensive.
I once took a class on Asian-American studies because I needed to at my liberal arts college. Now I did my fair share of eye-rolling in that class, but one thing that I remember really struck me, and I thought it explained a lot. Immigrants don't tend to report nearly the feelings of anxiety over racism and xenophobia that their American-born children do, and that's not a recent phenomenon. It seems like there's quite a difference between moving to a country and expecting to stick out somewhat vs. being born here, growing up with the expectation that you're as American as anyone else, and having that expectation constantly questioned, subtly or not subtly.
The incident with Tammy Duckworth in her Senate race is just a ridiculously good example. She bragged about her long military heritage, and her opponent inaccurately tried to call her out on it. The guy just couldn't even understand that she had ancestors here during the revolution because she looks East Asian. That's the kind of thing that couldn't even be an issue for a first generation immigrant, but was a deeply offensive thing to say to her.