~~October 24, 2016~~
NO SE PUEDE
Editor, The Huffington Post
On Wednesday, October 19, when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump about immigration policy and reform, he began, as he often does, painting undocumented immigrants as violent criminals. (Despite research repeatedly proving native born citizens are more likely to be linked to violent crime than immigrants.)
Then the GOP nominee moved on to drugs, drug lords and, again, the need to deport “bad people”:
We’ll get them out, secure the border, and once the border is secured, at a later date we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.
Politics aside, the language Trump uses is just as important as what he is, or rather isn’t, saying. Sure he’s repeatedly spoken about immigrants as if they were a biblical plague of sombrero-wearing, mustachioed criminals yelling “arriba! arriba!” as they run across the border with taco bowls filled with drugs.
But on Wednesday night he turned to Spanish to make his point.
When Trump casually used “bad hombres” that night, what he was trying to do was use our own language against us.
Off-the-cuff or not, that’s just all sorts of WRONG! … to put it in the Donald’s own language.
While many reacted with quips and memes to Trump’s awkward use of “bad hombres,” what I heard was a corruption of something I felt to be mine. My mother’s tongue, the language in which I uttered my first word as a child, the language that feels like family, culture and home in my mouth, being used by a man set on vilifying my community and immigrants.
And in this case Donald, no se puede.
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