“The Vietnamese and the Republicans are trying to take away this seat”
September 23, 2010 1 Comment
Loretta Sanchez, a California congresswoman, worried about her re-election chances against a Vietnamese-American Republican challenger, actually says on Univision, in Spanish, “the Vietnamese and the Republicans are trying to take away this seat” — and adds, without a particle of support, that her challenger is “very anti-immigrant and very anti-Latino.”
Her challenger, Van Tran, was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States just before the fall of Saigon in 1975. Ms. Sanchez evidently assumes that challenging a Latina for a congressional seat is “very anti-Latino,” and therefore “very anti-immigrant” — even if the challenger is a first-generation immigrant.
Ms. Sanchez couldn’t actually mean that Van Tran, a first-generation immigrant, is “anti-immigrant.” So she must be signaling with a measure of very cynical desperation that he is a “legal immigrant.” And “legal immigrants,” she assumes her intended audience will appreciate, are naturally “anti-illegal-immigrant.”
Illegal-immigrant pandering aside, listen to this: “the Blacks and Democrats are trying to take away this seat.” It is unthinkable and would properly call forth an explosion of condemnation.
No such explosion yet against Ms. Sanchez.
For Democrats, sadly, race is a thing to be used rather than respected. Race will routinely be a ridiculous cudgel against Republicans and conservatives, even where no racial animus exists. But, as needed, race will also be a wedge against Asians or Jews or newer immigrant communities. It is profoundly cynical racial hypocrisy.
Or prove me wrong. I’d love that. Let me hear the condemnations of Loretta Sanchez. Let me see her cynical racism called what it is by Democrats.