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Racism on Display

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In the old days, the bigots would cut out my column, scribble childish and offensive phrases on it, and send it back to me. Or they would send me letters that made no effort to hide their racism. "Hey Perez, You spic, look at your people; dirty, lazy, drug dealing, welfare," one of them wrote in 1997. "You people rot our system."

Although this kind of garbage was delivered to me frequently by the Postal Service, it never got published by the newspapers that ran my columns on their opinion pages. Newspapers had filters. Civil discourse was important. In the "letters to the editor" sections, anonymous diatribes were rejected and civility was required.

Many people didn't even believe that these Neanderthal bigots still existed. They thought it was just Archie Bunker in the TV comedy series "All in the Family." When I was asked to speak in public, I would read excerpts from my "fan mail," and people would be amazed at the volume of hatred and ignorance these letters displayed.

But we don't need to worry about that anymore. Nowadays racism is on display! The Internet brought it out of the closet. Even anonymous cowards are published. Some of them are famous in the world of cyberspace — even if they are cowards, known only by their screen names.

Everywhere we look on the Internet, we find articles that are followed by racist rants written by the same kind of bigots who wrote me through the mail just a few years ago. Many are much more than xenophobes. They are clearly white supremacists who claim to be only threatened by illegal immigrants but show they are threatened by the growing Latino population.

Because no one is filtering out their inflammatory diatribes, now they feel they have a license to abuse their freedom of expression. And they do it quite often!

In the old days, to illustrate the state of racism and xenophobia in America, I would quote some offensive remarks from the letters in my mailbox. But now all I have to do is refer you to the bottom of some of my recent columns to demonstrate that racism is alive and well in our country.

Every time I write about racism, the bigots step up to provide the evidence. Sometimes I feel I should thank them for making my points so clear!

It's human nature; the people who write back to news reporters and columnists usually are those who disliked what they read or heard. When they like it, they hardly ever pay you compliments. But when they dislike it, look out! They'll let you know exactly how angry they feel.

Because I often write about Latinos, immigrants and other minority Americans, the letters I get are mostly from xenophobic bigots. For every 20 bigots calling for my head — and for publications to stop running my columns — perhaps one is a "bravo" from one of the people I defend in my columns.

Sometimes it gets lonely here with my laptop.

But don't worry. After almost 30 years of writing a weekly column, you begin to get used to it.

And it's also a cultural thing. Unfortunately, Latinos, immigrants and other minorities are not prone to letter writing. Just as many fail to participate in the electoral process, they fail to respond to the media.

And when they do, though they may send complimentary notes directly to the writers, they seldom respond to the bigots on those Internet message boards where racism has become acceptable.

For example, take my columns from the past four weeks, which were on the Latino vote in the midterm elections and in which I argued that many of the newly elected Latino Republicans ran on anti-Hispanic platforms, did not win the majority of the Hispanic vote and should not be considered Latino leaders. On the Internet, the reaction to those columns was mostly venom from right-wing extremists.

For defending my people, my community and my heritage, I was accused by some of them of being a racist. Nowadays when you try to expose the racists in our society, just for bringing up the subject of racism, the bigots accuse you of being a racist. They expect the rest of us to allow them to show prejudice, discriminate, promote ignorance and hatred, antagonize people, and violate human rights, because if we call it racism, we are the ones who are "playing the race card." It's ludicrous!

Honestly, I would like nothing more than to put racism and ethnic discrimination in the history books. But as long as this kind of venom is prevalent, it cannot be swept under the rug. It needs to be brought out in the open.

Of course, most of the Latinos who sent me e-mails had a different view. In the past week, perhaps because last week's column ("Latino Leaders — Not!") struck a different nerve, I've received an unusual amount of praise from Latino readers.

You wouldn't know it from reading the xenophobic and hateful comments at the bottom of each of my recent columns on creators.com, but at least some Latinos felt my take on the recently elected Hispanic Republicans was "so true" ... was "superb" ... "needed saying" ... "hit the nail on the head."

I received several wonderful letters, three requests to reprint the column in Hispanic publications and one invitation to appear on a Los Angeles radio program.

"This is a remarkably truthful analysis of how those claiming to represent us are getting elected by non-Latino voters," wrote one Latino as he distributed the column among a network of friends. "I want to thank the author for his willingness to state what many of us feel."

I was surprised! When you write about Latinos, immigrants and other minorities, those comments are so rare — and so immensely appreciated!

But unless we learn how to combat the racism that has become prevalent and acceptable on the Internet, unless Latinos and immigrants start going into those message boards and challenging ignorance with facts, a loud minority of venom writers will overwhelm cyberspace and continue to make racism openly acceptable in our country.

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Mediocrity on Display




“For defending my people, my community and my heritage, I was accused by some of them of being a racist. Nowadays when you try to expose the racists in our society, just for bringing up the subject of racism, the bigots accuse you of being a racist. They expect the rest of us to allow them to show prejudice, discriminate, promote ignorance and hatred, antagonize people, and violate human rights, because if we call it racism, we are the ones who are ‘playing the race card.' It's ludicrous!”
Miguel Perez


What's the matter, whiner? Don't you want to play anymore?


You have adopted a Don Quixote quest, Mr. Perez, of going on a crusade, tilting at windmills, to “expose the racists” and now you find that you can't handle the heat in the kitchen, where you brew your noxious pap!

You were not “accused,” you were fingered as a perpetrator, pointing the finger of blame toward the victim.

How does it feel to be on the receiving end of the race card? Are the rules still “Mi Raza Primero?”

You should be flattered that your mediocre posts are receiving the full attention they so richly deserve, for you have now been elevated to the plateau of being a major figurehead in the Chicano movement, by your enemies, despite the fact that you do NOT sport their scalps on your saddle.

You have the “devil with the pale skin and blue eyes” to thank for the many new accolades you have received and without him to serve as your straw man voodoo doll, your religion would not exist and you would be out on the streets peddling gopher meat tacos in Mexico City.

“Honestly, I would like nothing more than to put racism and ethnic discrimination in the history books. But as long as this kind of venom is prevalent, it cannot be swept under the rug. It needs to be brought out in the open.”
Miguel Perez

And you are going to shed some light on the subject?

“We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst come to the worst, we have got to kill him.”
Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas

The venom of which you speak, Mr. Perez, is propagated within your own ranks, by Marxist professors who have infiltrated American institutions of higher learning.

It manifests as the political slogans: “Mi raza primero” and “Afuera la raza, nada.” In plain English, that translates to: “My race first and nothing for those outside my race.”

So you see? You have to look no further than your own doorstep to find and eradicate that ugly racism of which you speak!

So by all means, let us NOT “sweep it under the rug.”

You are miffed, because you have been publicly exposed as an enemy combatant within the gates, an agent provocateur and a drudge “journalist,” who basically writes the same article, over and over again, by rote.

The Mechista voice of “Aztlan” is basically a broken record, which ignores the massive evidence to the contrary, in the hope that if the lies are repeated often enough, those falsehoods will somehow become elevated to gospel truth.

Your opinions cannot sway the awakened American people who know precisely who you are and what you are, as evidenced by your divisive ranting, which poses as honest reporting.

If you had the courage of your alleged “convictions,” you would not discriminate in favor of those who promote cultural genocide of the white race. Your range of personal discrimination and wisdom becomes forfeit to the rabid racial agenda you promote, with your scribbling. You Sir, are the vilest form of hypocrite.

In short, you lack manners, class, personal taste and most of all, credibility. Like most of those you represent, who “don't need no stinkin' badges,” you have not elevated yourself beyond the rank of pirate and bandito.

The pap you write can only appeal to the Mexican peasant, who comes up here with a self-entitlement mentality, making spurious claims to land ownership, based on a brief tenancy by Mexico from 1821-1847.

You disavow the European Spanish claim, which predates the Mexican occupation, by trying to pass yourself off as “Native Americans” of the American Southwest, which you never were.

Failing that, you come cloaked as a “civil rights” movement, all the while you throw the black American worker out of gainful employment, by stealing his job.

The theft of black employment was seen when Mexican nationals absconded with the jobs of those black Americans assigned to clean up work, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The only “racial solidarity” you represent, is for the “mestizo nation,” which is a fiction in the Mechista mind, as it is comprised of American territory.

Who are “your people” anyway, for they certainly are not the American people?

You speak for the Mexican occupation army, which runs up the Mexican flag over American territory and federal installations. You are not concerned with “racism,” for that it what you are actively promoting.

You in fact support the Mexican Lebensborn in America, designed to eclipse the white race, through alien demographics.

You are a lesser, brevet general in the army which prosecutes race war against the American people. You are not articulate enough to be a full military officer of advanced rank, as your many arguments are easily torn apart and exposed.

“But unless we learn how to combat the racism that has become prevalent and acceptable on the Internet, unless Latinos and immigrants start going into those message boards and challenging ignorance with facts, a loud minority of venom writers will overwhelm cyberspace and continue to make racism openly acceptable.”
Miguel Perez

Thus spake the Patron Saint of Mediocrity.

You can start by looking into the mirror to “learn” who is the real racist. If Mechista racist rants are allowed on the Internet, so too is the response of the injured party.

This writer has Mexicans married into both sides of his family and has many Mexican friends. But he will not rush to confess that there is not a racist bone in his body, in an approval-seeking mode of those who are obvious racists, prosecuting a race war against America, called “La Reconquista.”

The issue here is the Second Mexican War, Sir.

That will not be “swept under the rug,” until Mexico signs formal terms of surrender in this Second Mexican War and the Mexican occupation army withdraws from American territory, taking its “anchor babies” with it.

The birth rate of Mexican nationals on American soil, will not be tolerated as grappling hooks for pirates to attack our ship of state.

This is a race issue the cowardly Attorney General of the United States of America is unwilling to discuss or recognize, as he points the finger of blame toward his fellow Americans. For this dereliction of duty, he is a quisling of the highest order.

How do you answer these charges, whiner?

http://www.theamericanresistance.com/thousand_words/baldwin_park_2005may14.html
Comment: #1
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:29 PM
Thank you Miguel Perez for writing this column regarding acceptable and palatable racism!

Miguel, I thought I was your biggest fan but I think Mr. Argardson is your biggest fan since he seems to be the first to read your column. Although it seems T.H. Asgardson is always the first to criticize your writing he seems to always be compelled to read your column, hummm! T.H. Asgardson is the epitome of what you wrote about; racist! Just read his comment and his racist position is clear. He clearly has a white privilege mentality, talk about "self entitlement". He just wants all the Mexicans out of his white space.

I appreciate your courage to combat these issues knowing you will be attacked. I mean really Mr. Asgardson must you ALWAYS resort to name calling? Don't you know you would probably get more respect and understanding if you were respectable and understanding? What has happened to civil discourse?

I agree with you, Miguel under the guise of Free Speech people post anonymous comments which are riddled with racist degrading derogatory rhetoric which proves racism is alive and well in this the 21st Century but the racists want to deny that fact. Mr. Argardson is representative of those people who spew racists rhetoric and feel they have the right to demean people because they are angry and frustrated, please!! When our comment or opinion goes from stating the facts to stereotyping, racist, prejudice, hateful rhetoric we have immediately rendered ourselves invalid. Something the above blogger does everytime Miguel Perez writes a column.

Keep up the good work! I truly believe our rights come with responsibility and when accountability and responsibility are not present either should the comment or opinion.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Cindy Garcia
Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:23 AM
Thank you for the many compliments, CIndy. I adore you too, as the "epitome" of a broken record.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg0pDPK56Ys
Comment: #3
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:08 PM
Asgardson is surely not this gentleman's real name. More likely than not it is a reference to Scandinavian mythology for which white supremacist and Neo-Nazi filth have a fetish for. It is not any surprise, people who avow that whites in the U.S.A. are major victims of racism are often fascist in mentality. It is the same as the German "stab in the back" legend about the Jews. This poor misguided soul's insane ramblings about a latino conspiracy to conquer the United States really does read like Mein Kampf. That is how the minds of these people operate: project their own hatred onto those that they hate, victimize themselves so that they can be the ones to claim self-defense when they lash out in hate.
Comment: #4
Posted by: J Gonzalez
Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:28 AM
“Who are these fanatics who struggle for the creation of the Aztlan nation? They are some of the most virulent racist and mind-boggling Jew-haters in the United States today. They, along with the seekers of a Palestinian state, are among the greatest promulgators of lies, myths, fantasies and outright hate throughout the world. From blatant racist beliefs to the denigration of all things Jewish, these groups thrive on imaginary demons manufactured in the degenerate minds of haters throughout history.
La Voz de Aztlan begins with the Jew-hatred parroted from Arab sources and concludes with the basest lies scraped together from Nazi and White Supremacist voices of hate. While supporting the candidacy of Cruz Bustamante, “La Raza,” that is, “The (Chicano) Race,” accuses the Jews of creating the “manjewrian candidate” of Gray Davis. The assertion is: California Governor Gray Davis is a brainwashed automaton fashioned by the Jews to do their bidding. Further examination of their propaganda reveals a fully developed ideology of rejectionism and Jew-baiting matched only by the PLO.”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/982470/posts
Comment: #5
Posted by: T.H. Asgardson
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM
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