Presente's racial campaign against Marco Rubio (No Somos Rubios)
Thought experiment: let's say that a Tea Parties group from a heavily-Norwegian-American area of Minnesota had an opponent named Black. Let's say that the Teaparties group came out with a campaign called "We Aren't Black". How do you think the entire political and media class would respond to that?
Or, imagine that that Teaparties group came out with an anti-illegal immigration campaign called "We Aren't Brunettes", implying that most of their opponents are brunettes. That would get quite a reaction too, wouldn't it?
Of course, we have to imagine those because they'd never happen.
But, here's a real story from the Associated Press that we don't have to imagine (link). As you can see, the AP isn't treating this the same way they would the thought experiments above, and don't expect the rest of the political and media class to bat an eye either:
The nonprofit group Presente is leading the "No Somos Rubios" (We are not Rubios) campaign. It plans to protest and fly an airplane over the Hispanic Leadership Network's conference Friday at the Doral Country Club near Miami. Rubio and the top GOP presidential candidates are speaking there.
The campaign is a play on Rubio's name. Rubio means blond in Spanish. Presente says it's a reference to the rising GOP star's association with the mostly white tea party, which tends to oppose any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Deciding whether this is yet another example of anti-white liberal racism or just racially divisive is left up to you, but I'm leaning towards the first. And, don't expect the establishment media or any Democratic Party leaders to say anything bad about it.
Their campaign isn't even based in reality: Marco Rubio is no Tom Tancredo on immigration, and the Tea Parties are led by loose borders leaders like Dick Armey of FreedomWorks and the Koch family (which funds loose borders groups and whose David Koch donated to the American Civil Liberties Union). Because of such leaders, the Teapartiers have largely ignored immigration since they started.
Before his talk, the California-based nonprofit Presente and the Texas-based Somos Republicanos - "We are Republicans" - made their presence known. The groups, along with local labor and immigrant groups, flew a banner reading "Hey Marco, No somos Rubios" over the hotel. The message was a play on Rubio's last name, which means "blond" in Spanish. Presente co-founder Roberto Lovato said it was a reference to the rising Republican star's association with the mostly white tea party, which tends to oppose any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The dark-haired Rubio referenced the plane, jokingly noting that he wasn't blond, either.
But he also added: "On the right and among conservatives, we must admit there are those among us who have used rhetoric that is harsh and intolerable and we must admit, myself included, that sometimes we've been to slow to condemn that language for what it is."
And he called out those on the left for trying to win Hispanic votes by creating "unrealistic and unreasonable expectation for Latinos across the country."
Rubio stopped short of calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
"How about everybody else? I don't have a magic answer for you," he said. "There is not political support for the notion of granting 11 million people citizenship or a path to citizenship. It's just not there. On the other side you can't deport 11 million people."
Instead of opposing something that's at the least racially divisive, Rubio played along. Then, he attacked those on his side rather than attacking those on the supposed other side from him. To cap it off, the last paragraph is the deportations false choice.