Tuesday, May 12, 2009

News from the world of hispanics

My, my, it seems that we brownies are big topics in the news lately.

First, it turns out that Golden Empire Mortgage, Inc. and its owner, Howard D. Kootstra, are being charged by the Federal Trade Commission with "violating federal law by charging Hispanic consumers higher prices for mortgage loans than non-Hispanic white consumers – price disparities that cannot be explained by the applicants’ credit characteristics or underwriting risk." It's 2009, and these assholes are still pulling this shit? The press release doesn't say anything about other "minority" groups, just hispanics. I guess this outfit figured they couldn't cheat blacks, but why not cheat the browns? No one pays attention to us anyway, unless it's to demand that we be shot as we're trying to cross the US-Mexican border to steal all the jobs.


Second, newspapers all over the country are apparently reading our little brown minds and noting that "Hispanics See Stars Aligned on High Court." Who knew? I hadn't realized I was seeing any such stars, but if the WaPo says so, it must be true. I read the linked story and had to go all the way down to the eighth paragraph before finding out just who these star-struck hispanics are: "Hispanic legal groups" and "the Congressional Hispanic Caucus." I see.

You know, I have no doubt that these groups are pushing right now because Sonia Sotomayor's name has come up more than once as a potential nominee, and so her peeps--my brown people--are kicking it into overdrive to get her a seat on the high court. And why wouldn't they? The woman seems to have good qualifications. Still, I hate the way the media generalizes the actions of these political groups and says that "hispanics" are doing this--like it's ALL of us.

The media never generalize the actions of white people; it's just us people of color (and foreigners, of course) who are lumped into groups having one voice, that voice saying whatever the media decides we're trying to say.

12 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh, you know how those white people are.......the biggest monolith of all. And since they own everything and think they should make all the rules.....

On behalf of myself, may I say I am sorry the media is so damn dumb about this.

Randal Graves said...

The media never generalize the actions of white peopleExactly, and it's high time they do, dammit!

I see stars too, but usually after I've drunk too much.

Sorry, go back to pulling the world's strings with your Hispanic Bloggers Caucus. You guys DO run everything, right?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

This post is typical of you brown people.

Sorghum Crow said...

You're a brownie? Oooh I love the uniforms, especially the hats.

pissed in NYC said...

Interesting how they lump Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, etc. together as if they all agree 1,000%. My friend Tomasita might tell you how hard it is to get two Puerto Ricans to agree to anything. Just saying.

Liberality said...

White people are just naturally distinct and different--didn't you know all the other colors are so much alike according to Rushpublicans.
;~)

Karen Zipdrive said...

As a half German/half Mexican, I only care about this issue about halfway.
Just give me my accordian music and my knackwurst taco, and I'm cool, Frau chica.

dguzman said...

Lisa--the worst part is that they don't even realize they're doing it.

Randal--yeah, I WISH! Cinco de Mayo: National Holiday!

Dr. Monkey--I know, oh, I know. We're just like that, demanding "special" treatment all the time!

Sorghum Crow--hee hee! I was a brownie, because I liked the beanie. But when I got my "wings" and was ready for girl scouts, I didn't join because their uniforms were ugly green!

PiNY--another great point! No one bothers to make the very real differentiation between the many browns. Why bother, right? We're all the same.

Lib--exactly. Nice avatar!

Zip--I'll have a margarita with my schnitzel, danke shoen.

kirby said...

The cool thing about the Brownie uniform was the little leather case you attached to your belt. Now that was an accessory.

Distributorcap said...

and they same racism is on the decline - not if the white media can help it

great insight here

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