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The Hispanic Threat?

November 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment
Apr 12/Cultural Globalization & Latino Immigration and American National Identity · Reading Response Memos

I always wondered where the Lou Dobbs’ and Joe Arpaio’s of the world get their nerve. Now I know.

This piece by Huntington, who’s a well known political writer, is the kind of writing that creates the intellectual legitimacy in fear mongering for the Republican party. The ‘brains’ behind the xenophobia and contempt by the right wing towards mexicans all ooze these same sentiments, I suppose. What is perhaps most disturbing is that this coherent and well researched piece is very compelling. Almost as compelling as the conspiracy theories you can get online that seem legitimate but ultimately end in an anti-semitic tirade that says jews (or freemasons) control the world.

Legitimacy aside, this piece is influential to me because it gives me the proper understanding of the basis for the anti-immigrant movement that has so explicitly reared its ugly head during this recession. The Nazi’s would be proud.

Two final point about Huntington’s crusade against mexicans are as follows:

1) Huntington, while admitting that the southwest territories where mexicans flourish were STOLEN from mexico, omits the fact that the english protestants who EMIGRATED to america violently wiped off the inigenous populations here. For all the warnings of a gradual and social rise in mexican influence he doesn’t seem to mind the cruel and militant demise of American Natives (which included the ancestors of the “illegals”).

2) No political commentator worth his pen should talk about the status of Cubans in Miami without mentioning the preferential and highly politicized US policies towards THOSE immigrants. This careful omission that Huntington thinks he can leave out with a flood of less pertinent facts should NOT be overlooked.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Nov 18, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Huntington is indeed influential, but maybe you give him too much credit, on the research side. There are numerous unsubstantiated claims in the piece. For instance, his insistence that Mexicans “reject Anglo-Protestant values”. It isn’t exactly clear what values he’s talking about. The research he cites, at least in the brief way it was presented — ideas like the “manana syndrome” and the notion of “Hispanic traits” — seems dubious. And then he quotes a single, third-generation Mexican American from Tuscon, hardly a representative sample. Underpinning this entire argument, of course, is a remarkably rigid conception of culture, and a kind of unrealistic resistance to change, in my opinion. Huntington fails to acknowledge how much Mexican, and other recent immigration, *has already changed* America.

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