WARNING: DON'T READ IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY POLITICS!
It's no surprise that after the last election's eye opening diverse voter turn out, the GOP finally realized that they could not win another election without addressing the needs of Minorities, specifically the Hispanic communities across America. So it's no great wonder that the RNC picked Pablo Pantoja, a native of Puerto Rico, and FSU alum, to oversee Hispanic outreach in Florida last year.
It is also no surprise that appointing Mr. Pantoja to that role was ALL they did to address their Hispanic voters. There has been no great paradigm shift in the Republican way of thinking. Only, "Maybe if we trick em, they'll accidentally vote for us. Then we can kick em out!" (Isn't that how they elected the sheriff in Gangs of New York?)
Well in an awesome turn of events, Pablo Pantoja saw behind the curtain at what the GOP really is, and decided to switch sides to the Democratic Party! The following is an email he wrote to describe this switch:
Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party.
It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the
Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh
undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known
organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or
strange to them.
Studies geared towards making – human beings – viewed as less because of
their immigrant status to outright unacceptable claims, are at the center of the
immigration debate. Without going too deep on everything surrounding immigration
today, the more resounding example this past week was reported by several media
A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the
totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in
IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “No one knows whether
Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new
Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to
Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other
immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and
eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied
and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture
within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix
to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass
and be forgotten.
The complete disregard of those who are in disadvantage is also palpable. We
are not looking at an isolated incident of rhetoric or research. Others
subscribe to motivating people to action by stating, “In California, a majority
of all Hispanic births are illegitimate. That’s a lot of Democratic voters
coming.” The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this
anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from
reality. Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during
CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for
all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written
a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you
did to me.” I think you get the idea.
When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in
what makes America great and the progress made in society.
Although I was born an American citizen, I feel that my experience, and that
of many from Puerto Rico, is intertwined with those who are referred to as
illegal. My grandfather served in an all-Puerto Rican segregated Army unit, the
65th Infantry Regiment. He then helped, along my grandmother, shatter glass
ceilings for Puerto Rican women raising my aunt to become the first Puerto Rican
woman astronomer with a PhD in astrophysics (an IQ of a genius as far as I’m
concerned). Puerto Ricans, as many other Americans still today have to face
issues of discrimination in voting and civil rights.
Regardless of what political affiliation people choose, my respect for some
remains. I don’t expect all Hispanics to do the same (although I would hope so)
but I’m taking a stand against this culture of intolerance.
I am also making a modest contribution (here: http://bit.ly/12uf3g8) to the
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the efforts in helping protect the
rights of immigrants and civil liberties in general.
With warm regards,