A lighter shade of brown

I was watching the democratic presidential debate with a friend sometime last week when it aired on CNN. The one that took place in South Carolina sponsored by the Black Caucus. I know and understand fully the Black vote is important.
However…
and yes, there is a however… as a Latina watching from Los Angeles, I felt very much disengaged. In a time where Black and Brown issues are coming out of every corner, and how on my very own radio program, while discussing the election, we had SEVERAL Latinos calling in saying they would NOT vote for a Black president because like Janet, they were like “what have they done for me lately?”, it seems Obama could be that great force we need to bridge the gap and the diffrences. Yet… everything was SO Black and White, I felt like the debate was really one sided.
Doesnt Obama care about the Latino vote? the vote that the LA Times seems to continue to want to write about? As the largest growing population with increasing voting pull, doesnt that matter?
Someone told me that Latinos dont really have that much weight in the election because we dont vote. WOW. Thats the biggest misconception i have heard thus far. Last I checked, it was YOUNG people of ALL races that dont vote. But I guess all Latinos are border hoppers who wash dishes, pick lettuce and baby sit rich folks kids. None of us are educated and none of us care enough about politics or the right to vote. Im rolling my eyes. Interestingly enough, it was a Black woman who told me that. This divide is what Im speaking about.
I could go into the Hillary headquarters in Los Angeles RIGHT NOW and get not only a sign that reads “America con Hillary”, but also one that reads “Women for Hillary” and “Latinas for Hillary”. I regret to say that I cannot say the same for Obama.
I got an invitation a few days ago about an event “Latinas for Hillary”, hosted by Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, and Congresswoman Lucille Royball-Allard.
Where is my invitation from the Obama camp? There are lots of Latinos that support him, State Senator Gloria Romero is one of them! and she is the Senate Majority Leader! Not to mention the support of Maria Elena Durazo, THE most influential figure for the Labor Unions. Yet, no Latino meetings, no Latino coverage, no Latino forums. From what I see, the Latino outreach is pretty much non-existant in the Obama camp.
This bothers me.
Someone recently told me about “The Cosby Theory”. Before the Bill Cosby show, Black folks were fighting about the rigths to be included, hence, the NAACP was born.
Once Black people saw themselves in The Cosby Show as equal to “the white man”, upper middle class, succesful, doctors, with educated families and loads of prosperity, they failed to continue to fight for what trully the NAACP was founded on, the rights and struggles of people of color. ALL colors. Not just Black, but Brown and Yellow and everything in bewteen.
Boy, this politics thing sure is interesting.
In the meantime, here they are fighting over Walmart, Slumlords and Ronald Regan. In the words of someone i know…”Ronald Regan? Didnt that foo’ die?”
I dont know… seems like John Edwards benefited from the bickering…

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8 thoughts on “A lighter shade of brown

  1. durante says:

    Tell it like it is girl. If Obama doesn’t think you can help him win an election, what would he do for you if he was in the White House?

    This is why I don’t follow all this crap (primary bullsh!t!) to my not-nearly-as-political friends’ dismay.

    durante vita

  2. durante says:

    Tell it like it is girl. If Obama doesn’t think you can help him win an election, what would he do for you if he was in the White House?

    This is why I don’t follow all this crap (primary bullsh!t!) to my not-nearly-as-political friends’ dismay.

    durante vita

  3. Anonymous says:

    Obama, Hillary, whatever. They are the same. They aren’t going to do nada for anyone other than the war machine, pharmaceuticals, oil companies, health insurance lobby and the other highest contributors.
    We act like we don’t remember history. We act like they are actually different.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Obama, Hillary, whatever. They are the same. They aren’t going to do nada for anyone other than the war machine, pharmaceuticals, oil companies, health insurance lobby and the other highest contributors.
    We act like we don’t remember history. We act like they are actually different.

  5. Hamilton says:

    But Obama is running a post-identity, post-racial campaign. He doesn’t want people to focus on race… because that is a dividing factor. Previous black presidential candidates ran as black presidential candidates… Obama is not.

    Obama says he wants to unite America as AMERICANS… not as (fill-in-the-blank)-Americans. He is not trying to empower individual and disparate groups, he is trying to empower ALL Americans equally.

  6. Hamilton says:

    But Obama is running a post-identity, post-racial campaign. He doesn’t want people to focus on race… because that is a dividing factor. Previous black presidential candidates ran as black presidential candidates… Obama is not.

    Obama says he wants to unite America as AMERICANS… not as (fill-in-the-blank)-Americans. He is not trying to empower individual and disparate groups, he is trying to empower ALL Americans equally.

  7. Wendy Carrillo says:

    Durante: Its not really Obama, its the organization of the campaign, I still like the guy and believe he will be the best president. He is inspiring. and if he inspires me and the rest of the nation, he can inspire change in the world. Very Kennedy.

    Annon: Sigh. Much of what you say can be true, and much of what you say has yet to be proven.

    Hamilton: Obama’s America only works if Obama is President. It wont work prior, therefore the current rules of engagement apply. He needs to get smart, have G.Lo support him and have Latinos say that a Black President is just as good as a white one. There are tensions in the black and brown community that need to be addressed. Not to mention Black Latinos that people seem to think dont exist. Dont let me start talking about the P-word. Hint: Starts with “P” ends with “vilage”.

  8. Wendy Carrillo says:

    Durante: Its not really Obama, its the organization of the campaign, I still like the guy and believe he will be the best president. He is inspiring. and if he inspires me and the rest of the nation, he can inspire change in the world. Very Kennedy.

    Annon: Sigh. Much of what you say can be true, and much of what you say has yet to be proven.

    Hamilton: Obama’s America only works if Obama is President. It wont work prior, therefore the current rules of engagement apply. He needs to get smart, have G.Lo support him and have Latinos say that a Black President is just as good as a white one. There are tensions in the black and brown community that need to be addressed. Not to mention Black Latinos that people seem to think dont exist. Dont let me start talking about the P-word. Hint: Starts with “P” ends with “vilage”.

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