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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Republicans vs. Latinos

If one can "re-tweet" then certainly one can "re-blog," and that is what I am doing today. This is from my son's daily blog devoted largely to Latin American issues:
Thanks to a student for pointing this out to me via Twitter. The Republican National Committee's director in charge of Florida's Latino outreach just announced he's switching to the Democratic Party. Holy cow. Here is an excerpt from an open letter he published.
"It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them."
That pretty much sums up the serious long-term problem the Republican Party has. Being openly hostile to a very large and growing group of people--especially after already having alienated African Americans--is self-destructive. Nonetheless, a vocal part of the party is doubling down on racism.
Demography is unforgiving. The slope to minority status is not steep but it is relentless.

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