[Cross-posted with permission from three sonorans]
It’s a popular meme by now and we all know what is going happen whenever a white man begins his sentence with “I’m not a racist, but…”
Arizona’s Own Espresso Pundit has decided to search his own blog comments for posts by the infamous “Falcon9″ who we all now know as our state superintendent John Huppenthal. He has a whole gem of pendejadas by our top school chief compiled into a PDF, so I thought it would be interesting to do a search of it for the word “racist.”
The following dialog actually took place featuring John Huppenthal, ardent supporter of Russell Pearce and the person who ran for state supe with a campaign message promising to “Stop La Raza.”
The original post is about immigration laws such as SB1070 leading to immigrants leaving the state, which some say is bad for the economy.
“Surprised” jumps in early to comment:
Comment bomb is set to explode in 5…
Sure enough, John Huppenthal chimes in:
we are now going to see the dark side of controlling immigration – fewer jobs for caucasions. In an improving economy, free flowing immigration creates more jobs for caucasions, not fewer. Economic growth is one part productivity growth and 2 parts population growth. Caucasians aren’t reproducing themselves, so all population growth has to be immigration.
We are condemning ourselves to a second rate future if we don’t reestablish the melting pot with a strong flow of immigrants engaging in economic activity, not crime.
We all need to stomp out balkanization. No spanish radio stations, no spanish billboards, no spanish tv stations, no spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English.
Just about every sentence here by Huppenthal has a racist overtone.
For example, the dark side of controlling immigration isn’t all the families your tore apart, sending people to places that are known to have high unemployment, poverty, and extremely dangerous due to drug cartels… no, the dark side is the impact on “caucasions” because they will have fewer jobs?
First we need to deport all the immigrants because “they tuk r jobs!” and now in reality it was these immigrants creating jobs because a larger population means growth for the local economy? But who cares about the fathers deported or locked up in private prisons now, leaving families torn apart, what really matters here is the impact on “caucasions?”
Then there’s the claim that the current flow of immigrants is not engaging in economic activity, but in crime? Well, yes, if you pass a state law making their simple existence a crime, then yes, the white people running the state have made brown people’s presence a crime and every dark-skinned person “reasonable suspicious”… no racism here folks. Russell Pearce is a patriot!
Now comes the interesting contradiction for the TEA Party or even mainstream Republicans today. They all love the Second Amendment right?
Well what about the First Amendment and that whole Freedom of Speech thing?
The Supreme Court has already ruled on how far freedom of speech can extend, and this includes hate speech and neo-Nazi rallies. But the contradiction and clear racist/xenophobia enters in here when Republicans such as Huppenthal attack the language being spoken.
You can say all the hateful stuff you want as long as it is in English? But Freedom of Speech does not extend to my freedom to say what I want in Spanish?
What about capitalism? What if there is a demand for Spanish radio and TV? English is not the official language of the United States. Furthermore more these are all further items that should be protected by the First Amendment under protections for the media.
No Spanish newspapers?
Furthermore, why is Huppenthal so focused on all things Spanish?
Then of course comes the line that most “patriots” never consider as pure ignorance and irony. The people involved in the first Tea Party and the founding fathers were fighting for independence from England. This new nation of “America” was not to be under English control but an independent country.
So just think for a moment what the following pendejada means, and Huppenthal said it also above.
This is America, speak English!
It really makes no sense. If you go to China, should you speak Chinese? If in Japan, speak Japanese? If in France speak French and speak German in Germany.
If we really are so proud of our independence and our own culture and country, shouldn’t the statement be,
This is America, speak American
English is a foreign language also pendejos!
Huppenthal is not finished yet…
I’ll leave you the rest of the discussion without further commentary from myself. A few commenters saw where Huppenthal was headed with his White Supremacy and sole concern for “caucasions.”
“The Klute” immediately chimes in with:
And let’s get rid of all these ethnic restaurants too. Have you seen the Food Court at the mall lately. Greek! Chinese! Mexican!
We need more “caucasion” restaurants. White bread! American cheese! MANWICHES!!!
“Veritas Vincit” adds to the ridiculousness:
Hey Klute you don’t like American fare? By the way, you forgot Spam and Miracle Whip.
Our state superintendent John Huppenthal then concludes:
I don’t mind them selling Mexican food as long as the menus are mostly in English.
And, I’m not being humorous or racist. A lot is at stake here.
This is America. Speak whatever language makes you the most money.
I just checked the AZ Star to see how they were covering this. crickets….
Is there something in our local media that makes them supine in the face of real news ?
Imagine an influx of immigrants from Germany or Italy who create German or Italian radio stations, speak German and Italian in public, etc. I think there is little doubt that Huppenthal, Pearce, Republican office holders, and many of the people who vote for them would not react as they have to Mexican immigrants (or Americans of Middle Eastern or African descent).
Yes, these people are racist to the core. The election of our President (and modern communication) has just brought all of the ugliness out into the light of day.
Southern Poverty Law Center has been documenting acts of Right Wing domestic terrorism since 1995. Most of the acts have racial undertones. During the Bush years, 25 acts occurred. Thus far into Obama’s tenure, 46 acts of Right Wing domestic terrorism have occurred. The last 20 years of shameful history leaves little doubt that Right Wing racists are America’s domestic terrorists.
So little Johnny Huppenthal finishes his juego con su amigos, Jaime Ortga, Manuelito Gonzales, Luisito Rodriguez, y Carlitos Praciado y ellos van a la casa del Praciado. La mamá de Jaime dijo a Johnny, “¿Quieres algo, mijo?,” and Johnny said, “Speak English Mrs. Praciado.”
If he’s so dedicated to English Only then what’s with this “Huppen-tal” shit”? This is America where we pronounce our “th”s, dammit!