Breitbart.com: If You’re Hispanic, You’re Definitely Not ‘White’
The heirs of Andrew at Breitbart.com are working overtime to advance their bizarre racial talking points about the Trayvon Martin case; here’s another post from mini-Breit William Bigelow explaining that people of Hispanic or Latino heritage will never be considered “white” by the right wing: Boston Globe Columnist Perpetuates ‘White’ Zimmerman Lie.
In Tuesday’s Boston Globe an opinion piece appeared by one Mac D’Alessandro. In it he referred to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot Trayvon Martin, as a white neighborhood watch captain. Later, the same piece was posted again, but white had been changed to Hispanic.
It has been nearly a week since the shooting, and the news media has finally acknowledged Zimmerman’s Latino background — yet D’Alessandro still referred to him as white before someone got to him and suggested the change. There couldn’t be another agenda at work here, could there?
Sane people understand that “Hispanic” or “Latino” is an ethnic classification, not a “racial” classification, and that Hispanics can belong to any race. According to the US Census:
Since the 1970 Census, the questionnaire has asked U.S. residents whether they are of Hispanic origin, and if so, which broad Hispanic group they identify with. Hispanic origin is considered separately from race in the Census—and Hispanics may identify with any race.
But it’s vitally important to Breitbart.com writers to keep hammering away at the false talking point that Latinos cannot be considered “white.” It reveals something about their own racist assumptions and prejudices, but they don’t even seem to realize it.