Skip to comments.More Bill Richardson: Everyone’s misinterpreting what I said about defining Ted Cruz as a Hispanic
Posted on 05/07/2013 7:03:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Via the Free Beacon. He says he didn’t mean Cruz can’t be defined as Hispanic, just that Cruz shouldn’t be defined exclusively by race. His problem is that he’s saying this against a backdrop of 25 years of liberals accusing Clarence Thomas of being inauthentically black because his politics are right-wing rather than left. And political operatives on both sides understand that if Cruz lands on the ticket in three years, attacks of this sort in ways subtle and not will be thrown at him. Peter Beinart wrote a piece for Newsweek this morning titled “Yes, Democrats Can Be Racist” (really?) chastising Dem Dick Harpootlian for his nasty comment about Nikki Haley, and speculating that that’ll become more frequent on the left as Republicans elect more minorities. True, but the blowback potential from cracks like that guarantees that they’ll be rare-ish. The likelier leftist reaction to GOP diversity, I think, will be to double down on the sort of determinism that Thomas has been demagogued with. You won’t hear people tell Haley to go back where she came from, you’ll hear them tell her that she’s betrayed her race by carrying water for the “white party.” The boss emeritus has been getting that from the left for decades. I think it might get worse before it gets better.
Anyway, enough Richardson. The more interesting Cruz-related clip yesterday came, surprisingly, from James Carville, who was near-rapturous about Cruz’s retail skills. Watch below. I can’t tell if this is Serpenthead paying legit respect to a worthy adversary or some sort of sly briar-patch play where he’s promoting a guy whom he thinks would be easiest for Hillary to beat. Verdict?
Update: After you’re done with these two clips, go watch “Morning Joe” wrestle with the fact that, by their own admission, Harpootlian’s remark about Haley would have been five-alarm news if he was a Republican. That fits nicely with the point I’ve been making lately about Gosnell: The media is more open about its biases than it was 10 years ago. Just don’t expect them to do much about it.
Richardson, you’re about as believable and honest as a Muslim cleric.
Shove it up your smelly Obama.
In other words....what I said, I did not say.....
He is more “Hispanic” than the white guy with the last name “Richardson”.
Bill Richardson, isn’t he a “white Hispanic?”
RailRunner Richardson is an economic genius.
Bet that beats any of Richardson's more traditional Spanish ancestors in what is now the United States ~ earliest ones into the Southwest didn't arrive until 1598, and some of them had actually lived along the James River in Virginia.
Again, American history in the 16th century just isn't well covered in the public schools these days and that allows idiots like Richardson to spout nonsense.
I think we’ve heard just about enough from you, Mr. Swedish-last-name!
I always found it amusing how the white guy with the WASP name “Richardson” claimed to be a leading voice among “Hispanics”
I guess if you are a leftist needing to play racial politics, and the other talking heads proclaim it, it is so.
Just like Elizabeth Warren can be considered a Cherokee.
Hispanic is a nationality, not a race. Too bad people don’t understand that.
Well, seeing that Cruz father is from CUBA on the island of HISPANIOLA, who is more ‘hispanic’ monsieur Richardson?......
“That fits nicely with the point Ive been making lately about Gosnell: The media is more open about its biases than it was 10 years ago. Just dont expect them to do much about it.”
That’s the issue today. Once morality is defined by one’s own opinion instead of God’s authority, then we’re on the road to destruction. For example, the media/progessive left used to deny that unborn babies were in fact babies that were being murdered. They’ve finally had to acknowledge they are babies because of technology, but now we see the call from them to kill children even AFTER they are born!
I like how some mexicans play both sides of that street.
I never quite understood that one either. So it looks like language is the definer of race now? I (apparently incorrectly) thought hispanics originated in Spain. (which last time I looked was in europe) Maybe it’s the mayan/aztec angle. Hell who knows anymore. Kind of like when you fill out your census form you put “American” in the race box.
..backtracking like crazy......he must have gotten some phones calls
Don’t you just love it when they say...”you heard me wrong”
We read you loud and clear Bill. Si se puede.
Hehehehehe...Bill had to be feeling some heat and rightly so! I say turn it up!
The muzzies have convinced the UN to define the Jihadis as a race. Why not "hispanics" too?
Shouldn't no one be defined exclusively by race. I mean: Don't good taste and commonsense demand that?
Wait... The island of Cuba is located on the island of Hispaniola?
Guillermo son de Ricardo?
Hey it’s just a guess.
Don’t believe your lying ears!
Well, It’s nearer there than New Mexico, anyways......;^)
Actually Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race or nationality
we need more Eskimos in positions of power
You are mistaken. You might try looking at a,map occasionally. Cuba and Hispaniola are two different islands: Cuba is the largest island, by far, in the Caribbean; the island of Hispaniola lies to Cuba’s southeast. Hispaniola, which was discovered by Columbus, became the property of France and was named the St. Domingue colony. It is now known as two countries, French-speaking Haiti and the larger, Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic.
No, it is not an ethnicity either. It’s like saying that being European is an ethnicity. The descendents of Italians and Germans in Argentina and Uruguay have nothing in common with the half-Indian half Spanish people of Mexico, who in turn have no tie to the Negroes of Cuba and Puerto Rico.
“Hispanic is a nationality, not a race. “
What nation would that be?
Hispanic means Spanish-heritage region of origin - i.e. Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or even Spain. But this includes those who self-identify as being of Mexican (etc.) descent even if they were born in the USA.
So you are right that Hispanic is not a racial identity, but it does not really describe a national identity either.
Since my learning to speak Spanish fluently would not make me Hispanic, I have to conclude being Hispanic is generally-speaking an ethnic/cultural type of identification.
But I also contend that Black is not a race either. Humanity is one race. It is very similar to the categorization of Hispanic as being an ethnic/cultural type of identification. The one difference is that Hispanic is usually associated with Spanish-speaking cultures.
Being defined exclusively by race is a privilege granted only to leftists.
I am missing something here. It is certainly not an insult to be called a hispanic.
Sarah's hubby is a member of a protected group ~ so is she per Thomas' regulations.
Some of these pukes who've gone after Sarah and her kids could probably be sued down to their short hairs!
If you are native born in an area once ruled by the King of Spain you are Hispanic whether you like it or not ~ most of us on this board are actually Hispanic simply because we were born in the United States.
Yes, it’s our fault for being too stupid to understand what you mean.
Say ‘Hi’ to Barack for us.
Per the OMB guidelines located here, hispanic is considered an ethnicity:
>> I am missing something here. It is certainly not an insult to be called a hispanic.
The insult meant to dissociate Cruz from any Hispanic advantage. It was a presumptuous, racist remark.
Hispanic is not a race. Hispanics are caucasians. I am not being difficult to get along with. I must be thick as a plank. Sorry. And hispanics do not vote for a canddate because they are hispanics. I worked for Henry Bonilla. He never got the hispanic vote.
Race differentiation is not bound to the set containing the familiar classifications: Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid. The term can be used to distinguish cultural characteristics and biological subspecies.
We could do that certainly. Of course, we would then be inaccurate...but we can do that too.
Not inaccurate, just not the narrow, familiar usage.
Richardson’s remark involved a genetic taxonomy which differentiates Hispanics from non-Hispanics. That’s racism.
I understand what you are saying. And yes, I agree with your opinion of Richardson’s racism. Si.
And I agree that Hispanics are indeed Caucasian. :)
Thank you kindly.
The WH is making this up out of whole cloth, and I can’t believe that anyone at FR would cite them as a source.
Because guess what, Argentinians don’t think they are in any kind of category with Mexicans, Guatamalans or Puerto Ricans. And that goes three ways back at them.