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Priorities — Newt’s Ideas Catching On

21 Jan

Apparently there are people out there that would follow Newt Gingrich anywhere.   (I apologize in advance for whipping this particular point more, but like I said in an earlier post, it’s turned into a kind of fascinating example of conservative wingnut wacko in my eyes)

Ran across this on the Kos a little earlier—-   (Christ,… more janitorial bullshit. What the hell have THEY done to anybody. These people are fucking nuts.)

>>>> As digby says: this is happening. In America. Today:

In a development typical of Arizona, the students who walked out on Thursday, protesting the elimination of the district’s Mexican American studies program, have – without a hearing – been directed to perform janitorial duties this Saturday: an amazing message, right out of Newt Gingrich’s playbook (he has been campaigning in the GOP presidential nomination race, proposing the idea that students should be hired as janitors to teach them a work ethic). Apparently, TUSD administrators are paying attention.The further message of this punishment, then, appears to be that the state and the district do not want students to study Mexican American studies, but they do want them to clean toilets. Perhaps, Gingrich should consider relocating to Arizona, where his message is being fully embraced.

The message is clear. According to the Tucson Unified School District, Hispanic Americans are not supposed to understand or embrace their cultural heritage or consider themselves an integral part of the American fabric. They are, however, supposed to stop whining and clean people’s toilets. Presumably, white people’s toilets. But I hate to speculate.  <<<<

On one hand, I’m happy that republicans have a seeming death wish going as far as their treatment of hispanics and other minorities . They are doing their best to insult and alienate everyone that’s “not like them”.  And doing that out here in the southwest can be political suicide.

But they have their priorities.

I’m in New Mexico. Have been for almost 20 years. I’m familiar with the spanish/hispanic/mexican concept. Quite a few of these spanish families have been here for well over 400 years. And a number of the Indian Pueblo communities hundreds of years longer than that.  Some numbers for NM ———–

Hispanic Americans: Census Facts — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/hhmcensus1.html#ixzz1k8BRrsKq

47% The percentage of New Mexico’s population that was Hispanic in 2009, the highest of any state. Hispanics also made up at least one fifth of the population in California and Texas, at 37 percent each, followed by Arizona (31 percent), Nevada (26 percent), Florida (22 percent) and Colorado (20 percent). New Mexico had 916,000 Hispanics.

21 Number of states in which Hispanics were the largest minority group. These states were Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

4 Number of states where at least one-in-five residents spoke Spanish at home in 2007–Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Arizona has this——                              http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/04000.html

                                                                                                 Arizona            USA
White persons, percent definition and source info White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 73.0% 72.4%
Black persons, percent definition and source info Black persons, percent, 2010 (a) 4.1% 12.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent definition and source info American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a) 4.6% 0.9%
Asian persons, percent definition and source info Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 2.8% 4.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent definition and source info Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) 0.2% 0.2%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent definition and source info Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010 3.4% 2.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent definition and source info Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b) 29.6% 16.3%
White persons not Hispanic, percent definition and source info White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010 57.8% 63.7%

So,…. 30% hispanic population in AZ.  I don’t know what percentage of that number vote, but the words significant number, (hell,… if it’s 10% or over it would be significant),  would apply.   I would think.

So,— Newt and the rest of the conservatives,—- please feel free to go ahead and try to finish what you’ve started.  You need to come up with A LOT of janitorial jobs.

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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Economy, Health, Politics, Rant

 

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