Ted Cruz, Hispanics, and Hiss-Panic
Boo! Hiss! Panic! One of the most conservative politicians in the US Senate has an Iberian surname and Cuban ancestry.
This creates quite a problem for those in the U.S.A. who identify themselves as Hispanic and also for those liberals whose thinking on all issues is guided by ethnic and racial stereotypes. And it has created a panic among those who think that "Hispanic" is a racial category.
Well, these neo-racists can all breathe a sigh of relief. Hissing at Cruz can now continue, guilt-free, unimpeded by any panic over his ethnicity or race.
Finally, we now have definitive proof that most Cubans are not Hispanics, and that Ted Cruz does not qualify as a "person of colour."
The proof comes from Bill Richardson, one of the most prominent Hispanic/Latino leaders in the United States, who --despite the fact that he has a totally un-Hispanic name-- has devised a simple formula for determining who is or isn't Hispanic.
His formula: if you are a political conservative, you are not Hispanic.
So, there you have it. If you lean to the right, or fail to support uncontrolled immigration you can no longer list yourself as a "person of colour" or "Hispanic" or "Latino/a." It's a new version of an old formula, previously used to determine blackness among African Americans.
Bill Richardson: I don’t think Ted Cruz should be defined as Hispanic
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson joined ABC News for a web interview after his appearance on the “This Week” roundtable on Sunday, answering viewer questions about his time as governor, his experience meeting with the Taliban, and his thoughts on Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un. When asked about Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Richardson expressed his distaste for the senator.
“I’m not a fan. I know [Ted Cruz is] sort of the Republican latest flavor. He’s articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I don’t like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting people is not the way to go. But I guess he’s a force in the Republican political system, but I’m not a fan.”
ABC News: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?
“No, no. He’s anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He’s a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas’ choice. But what I don’t like is… when you try to get things done, it’s okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But I’ve seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington.”