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  •  The "lazy" stereotype is the oldest in the book (10+ / 0-)

    Every single ethnic group in America that didn't fit with the so-called "norm" has been called "lazy." Hispanics are just the latest to be tagged with it. It's to paint them as a freeloading "other" mooching off of the labors of true Americans, when in truth they are as hard-working and industrious people as you could find. They do the jobs no one else wants, for Christ's sake. I'd like to see Ann Coulter try to pick crops on some farm or wash dishes for less than minimum wage.

    If this is the GOP attitude toward Hispanics, get ready for a long, cold stint in the wilderness, conservatives.

    •  yes - true - but the Irish and Polish etc got to (6+ / 0-)

      become "white".  Phenotype has a way of marking you.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:30:55 AM PST

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      •  Language Issues (1+ / 0-)
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        I disagree.  Latinos are looked at with concern by a certain segment of the American electorate because of language issue.  In many respects, Latinos look just like many Americans of Italian descent, who are generally accepted as part of "white" America.  It's the language difference which scares many people.  Just think of all of the businesses which demand that their Latino employees speak only English in the workplace.  The business owners know they'll never be able to understand what's being said and they're scared to death the employees might be talking about them!

        "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

        by PrahaPartizan on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:55:49 AM PST

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        •  that's assuming that all Latinos (3+ / 0-)
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          speak Spanish. My husband doesn't speak it at all really- still gets discriminated against.  What's the reason for discrimination against Latinos who have been here for generations?.

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          by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:06:01 AM PST

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          •  Immigration Mindset (2+ / 0-)
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            Well, one could point out the ignorance about Latinos shown by most people who insist on denigrating them.  The detractors aren't interested in learning when a particular person's family might have moved here to North America - whether it was mid-16th century pre-Mayflower or early 21st century.  The crowd which can handle only stereotypes will always find a way to discriminate because it makes their life much easier.

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            by PrahaPartizan on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:02:30 AM PST

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            •  yup. (1+ / 0-)
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              My students rarely know the answer to the "what was the first city founded by Europeans in what is now the continental US?"

              They always say Jamestown ...or something along those lines.

              Have never had any of them name St. Augustine (or Childersburg)

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              by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:10:52 AM PST

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            •  Correct (0+ / 0-)

              One of the best-established findings in the study of prejudice is that prejudicial beliefs about the nature of a group are rationalizations for, not the basis of, prejudicial attitudes toward that group.

              Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

              by ebohlman on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:30:58 PM PST

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        •  Those language issues definitely applied to (0+ / 0-)

          Italians and Poles in the early part of the last century, and were in fact used against them. History has this way of repeating itself.

          My conjecture, which I think is supported by history, is that the primary way an ethnic group goes from "outsider" to "majority" status is for a new, scarier, more "foreign" group to emerge. Thus the Irish lost their reputation for drunkenness and pugnaciousness, not by going to AA meetings and attending anger-management classes, but by never having been as "foreign" as the Italian, Polish, and Jewish immigrants who followed them. In fact, the commonly-held belief that "successful" groups achieved that status through behavioral assimilation seems not to be backed up by any actual examples.

          Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

          by ebohlman on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:28:04 PM PST

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