Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Go back to Latinoland"


     
     I've been writing so much from Cleveland — two columns and a news story just yesterday — that I've fallen behind posting the stories on the blog.  This is from the first day, and I wanted to get it up before time and subsequent events mooted it. While many protesters are kids lost in street theater or loons on a lark, I was impressed with this young lady's quiet fortitude and sincerity in the face of the indifference and hostility of those surging past her.

 
Patricia Eguino
     CLEVELAND — Patricia Eguino stood near the gates of the Republican National Convention, holding a small white sign with green letters: “Latinos against Trump.”
     “I’m completely against Donald Trump,” said the 27-year-old who was born in New York City but lived in Bolivia and whose parents are Hispanic. “I don’t understand racism.”
     By Monday evening, she had been outside the Quicken Loans Arena, buffeted by passing delegates, for five hours.
     “I wish more Latinos were here, more protestors,” she said. “I feel lonely.”
     But the protesters in the Stop Trump march numbered fewer than 400, not the “nearly 1,000” that organizer Mick Kelly claimed, nor the thousands he predicted earlier. Beside the march, protests tended to be scattered, with the media crowding around the more flamboyant individuals, like performance artist Vermin Supreme, wearing his boot hat and rambling about his pony-based economic system, or a man in a polar bear suit drawing attention to global warming. Far more visible was the massive police presence. Squads of officers from around the country were stationed on every corner, or so it seemed.There were certainly protesters to be found at the convention. A “Coalition to Stop Trump” made up of students, Black Lives Matter activists, trade and anti-war protesters marched down East 9th Street to War Memorial Plaza on Monday afternoon, where they were confronted by...


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5 comments:

  1. "Latinoland"??

    Jesus. You can't make this stuff up.

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    1. Bitter, I think Latinoland is located between Homo Haven and Pervert Park

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  2. I hope someone has, by now, told the lady who is throwing away her franchise because she can't vote for Jesus that Jesus would be too smart to get on a ballot because, in this political climate, he wouldn't have a prayer.

    After your week in the paradise some wit once termed "Detroit without the glitter," (Maybe it was the other way around.), will you be moving on to the next big event in the City of Brotherly Love, a town about which W.C. Fields famously said: "I once spent a year in Philadelphia. I think it was on a Sunday."?

    Tom Evans

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  3. This will be "Latinoland" 50 years from now. The soon-to-be white minority better get used to this change. Conservatives really screwed up ignoring this demographic very well suited to their ideology.

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    1. Except that their "ideology" is racial/ethnic bigotry. That's by far the biggest, if not the only, thing they care about. Why else would the South have pivoted from Democratic to Republican once the parties switch their views on civil rights for blacks?

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