December 14, 2009

I think we've all noticed the increasing tendency of right-wing pundits to openly indulge in racist stereotyping these days as somehow an acceptable form of discourse -- because, you know, they're just jokes! C'mon, dontcha have a sense of humor that includes hating on people different than you? It's all for the sake of ratings, you know. Jeez, don't be such a stiff!

Andrea Nill over at ThinkProgress' WonkRoom came across this one:

This weekend, Human Events posted an offensive parody of the famous Christmas song, “Feliz Navidad,” entitled “Illegal Aliens In My Yard.” Besides repeatedly referring to undocumented immigrants as “illegals,” a term that’s considered pejorative and offensive by immigrants rights organizations, the song primarily focuses on spreading false and hateful stereotypes about Latinos who are portrayed as bug-carrying invalids:

Illegals in my yard.

Illegals in my yard.

Illegals in my yard.

Sixteen arrive in a stolen car[...]

They’re getting free organ transplants this Christmas.

They’re going to have anchor babies this Christmas.

They’re going to scream “sí, se puede” this Christmas.

Those illegals in my yard[...]

They’re going to spread bubonic plague this Christmas.

They’re going to bring me lots of bed bugs this Christmas.

They’re going to pass tuberculosis this Christmas.

Those illegals in my yard.

Bad enough that they reflexively dehumanize immigrants by calling them "illegals". But the plague? Bed bugs? Tuberculosis?

That's Lou Dobbs territory and beyond. Disease carriers and criminals, that's what Latino immigrants are.

No wonder the Republican Party keeps shrinking into itself.

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