Are you listening fellow Latinos/as? Are you listening fellow feminists?
I'd like to know why it is that EVERY goddamned time that a person of color is selected or elected for a leadership position, the Right Wing screams about "affirmative action" and the role of "identity politics." It doesn't seem to matter who it is. So let's take a look at the "undistinguished" dim bulb that is Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Princeton. Winner of the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate, the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, Yale Law School graduate, editor of the Yale Law Journal, and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. Her origins? Raised in the Bronx, in poverty, to a single mother.
Yeah, she sounds dim and undistinguished to me too. Sounds like she just had it all handed to her.
I realize that the Republican Party, what's left of it, is bereft of ideas, of any moral or ethical clout, that they've sunken to the sewer level of defending torture, denying fellow Americans their civil liberties because they happen to be gay, that they've decided that they are going to take the whole country down with them so that they can blame it on the "unqualified black guy" in 2012, but do they actually think that we're going to believe that this brilliant woman, a model or resilience and persistence, is where she is today because she's "lucky" enough to be a "Hispanic chick?" Oh right. These are the same tea-bagging jackholes who've been telling us that the "unqualified black guy" is a "socialist-communist-fascist-Nazi" because he wants to give uninsured Americans some healthcare. In Limbaugh-Gingrich-Boehner Land losers like you don't deserve a doctor when your appendix explodes through your colon. That's just God telling you shouldn't have supported Teh Gays.
In Limbaugh-Gingrich-Boehner Land, Teh Messicans are for Teh Deporting. They bring Teh Swine Flu. They don't wanna learn Teh English. And when they do, they get in Teh Yale and Teh Princeton through Teh Affirmative Action. Get that my fellow Spics? My fellow Wetbacks. My fellow Mojados? We're either sneaking across the border or sneaking into Yale. Not like genius President George Dubya Bush, a brilliant scholar who had to overcome being born into a family of millionaires and political heavyweights to scale the plateaus of mediocrity in his quest to sink this once-great nation into the clusterfuck of all clusterfucks of clusterfuckdom.
Look, I can't even keep up the sarcasm anymore. It's just too nauseating. So I'll just end by saying to George Will, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Pat Buchanan, et al: you can take this Mexican's Stanford Ph.D diploma, frame and all, and shove it up your collective asses.
And Latinos/as, NEVER FORGET what the GOP thinks of us, how little it thinks of our heroes, how EASY it is for them to belittle someone like Sonia Sotomayor who climbed out of poverty and social neglect to reach the top of academic achievement or someone like my grandmother, Maria Martinez, who worked her fingers to the bone cleaning houses and picking strawberries so that she could put her grandson through college. If we forget, for even one second, then we are as dumb as they say we are.
But we're not. Not by a long-damned sight.