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  •  I wonder how much Ann's slur resonates (12+ / 0-)

    today.  It seems more like a pitiful throwback to the 1950's, which in a way describes Ann Coulter, trapped like a bug in amber in the WASP Republican Connecticut of her childhood.  

    Do a significant proportion of the US public, even Republicans, really think that undocumented Latinos are lazy?  I don't claim to know that many Republicans, but it seems to me they are more concerned about birthrates, racial dominance and the loss of their conception of American as white.  To a lesser degree, they are scared of competition for jobs.  

    But Latinos as lazy?  Maybe I'm naive or isolated, but it seems to me this cannot be the opinion of many... because nearly all of us have an anecdote like yours. This seems more like a throw-away bit of knee-jerk nastiness.  This slur is equally unjust when thrown against African Americans, but it seems Republican racist stereotypes are more likely to veer in that direction for all sorts of post-civil war cultural reasons.  Republicans are actually more likely to joke about Latinos because they work so hard for so little, and immigration status makes them so easy to exploit.  Think about Romney's reaction to his landscaping service.

    Anyway, Ann's slur is so ridiculous it's actually hard to take it serious enough even to be outraged by it.  Watch... soon enough, when the immigration reform push starts, you will hear the Republicans falling over themselves praising Latino immigrants as "the hardest working families in America" while attempting to assure they never have a pathway to citizenship.

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    by ivorybill on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:25:04 AM PST

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    •  Not so much. The whole white-right 47% moocher (8+ / 0-)

      argument, the coming to this country for welfare, having babies for government prizes, getting free shit like education and medical care, not paying taxes, getting to the front of the line through affirmative action, are all assertions which paint Hispanics as lazy and unworthy.

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      by chuco35 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:50:23 AM PST

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    •  Unfortunately, yes. (5+ / 0-)

      Conservatives don't think based on evidence; if they did, they wouldn't be conservatives. They think based on what authority says - that's why they believe such strange and contradictory things.

      The slur of Latinos being lazy goes back a great many decades. It is only in recent years that people would even object to it. He slur is not ridiculous. It's really standard conservatism.

      It's true that Latinos are some of the hardest working people around, but it that doesn't mean that conservatives see it.

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      by A Citizen on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:55:55 AM PST

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    •  It was part of the entire Romney (4+ / 0-)

      "47"% thing - and Ryan's Randian "takers" meme.

      It's not just Coulter.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:13:45 AM PST

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      •  Romney was hilarious (3+ / 0-)

        when he was doing Latino vote begging, telling them the story of how his grandfather moved to Mexico to avoid prosecution by the American Government for bigamy. He took his four wives and the rest of the family and ran for the border, and somehow Mittens thought that story would resonate with Latinos and make them believe he was one of them! He even had the nerve to say, since his father was born in Mexico that he was one of "them"....

        ...and then a few months later he was calling them part of the "47%".... gee, did he figure out they weren't falling for his BS and was trying to insult their intelligence? They were obviously smarter than Mitt, since most of them are too moral to vote for his intellectually lazy ass!

         I've never met a lazy Latino, and I know many....but we see hundreds of lazy, over-privileged white men every  time we turn on C-Span or Faux News shows a pic of Congress!

    •  I wish I could agree. I think it's less than... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...used to be the case. But I've, relatively recently, encountered the lazy-Latino attitude in someone under 40.

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      by Meteor Blades on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:49:25 PM PST

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    •  I have heard ... (0+ / 0-)
      ... This slur is equally unjust when thrown against African Americans, but it seems Republican racist stereotypes are more likely to veer in that direction for all sorts of post-civil war cultural reasons.  Republicans are actually more likely to joke about Latinos because they work so hard for so little, and immigration status makes them so easy to exploit.
      I have heard slurs by Latinos against Afro-Americans that they are lazy. And I have heard slurs by Afro-Americans against Latinos saying Latinos accept to work under any conditions and are willing to accept degrading pay and treatment (basically saying they are "uncle toms when it comes to their employers).

      On the other hand Afro-Americans come into competition with Latino immigrants for jobs and I have heard them complain that "these days you need to be bi-lingual and speek Spanish to compete in the job market where lots of Latinos work in.

      May be it's specific to my neighborhood... I don't know.

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