In many ways I’m still a 12 year old girl and the fact that this teabagger campaign has grown such scary wings makes me laugh and shake my head a little. As the United States moves toward mid-term elections and there is pushing from various directions on issues ranging from health reform to immigration, teabaggers are getting more and more attention. Some of the attention is undeserved, like when they are spreading lies on the role of Latino immigrants in the U.S. Some of the attention is deserved, like when good people are calling them out.
The good peeps over at Cuéntame used some parts of their interview with me a few weeks ago as a preview to a new campaign against the Teabaggers.
Over 600 people gathered for the first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on February of 2010. The ‘teabaggers’ reveled as they sat there listening to hateful speech after hateful speech by Tom Tancredo and Sarah Palin among others. The rhetoric was display of incoherent intolerance and racism:
* “Immigrants are taking over the United States, they must be sent to where they came from”
* “This is our nation and we should take it back”
* “Make English America’s official language”
* “Congress loves Illegals”
It is no coincidence that these hate rallies are getting more media coverage than the immigration rallies of 2006, which drew millions to the streets to protest a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration.
A new series by the project Cuéntame is aimed at exposing “teabaggers’” true colors. It features the racist speeches, violent words, and actions, so that we can see for ourselves weather the Tea Party truly represents a legitimate movement or if is just another example of the intolerance and discrimination Latinos face in today’s society. The project also prompts the community to organize and to unite in an effort to fight back.
PS : As soon as this video was posted last week, VivirLatino has come under more scrutiny from the teabaggers, so just keep you eyes and ears open.