Some on the right are saying that Jon Stewart’s jokes about Herman Cain are racist. As someone who has been on the receiving end of Jon’s jokes for a long time, I was thin-skinned enough to think that I was a target due to my ethnicity—I was wrong, and so are Jon’s critics on the right. Jon is an “equal opportunity” satirist.
Two state senators in Arizona read some dubious, racist accusations against Hispanics right into the Senate record as though they were fact. Unfortunately, these type of stereotypes and lies are all too familiar to those of us who are used to hearing attacks against Latinos veiled in disguise as part of a legitimate “debate” about our nation’s broken immigration system.