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Tue Feb 11, 2014, 08:05 AM

Haunted by Racism


That the Republicans’ political calculation has become the final hope for those on their way to becoming the most influential minority in this country is something that incites sarcasm and outrage.

Haunted by Racism
El Universal, Mexico
By J. Jaime Hernández
Translated By Marie Winnick
2 February 2014
Edited by Gillian Palmer

South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham is one of the most influential U.S. senators. May he recognize today that racism has for decades contaminated the immigration debate. It should be considered a milestone in the history of a nation reluctant to recognize its own defects in the mirror, and that more than a few times has denied its minorities equal opportunity based on their ethnic origin, religion or the color of their skin.

The recognition of this very sin in a nation that has blessed the equality of men since its Declaration of Independence should be cause for reflection. It should encourage an intention to make amends in order to combat the toxic racism that has for generations eaten away the soul of the United States.

In a country that gave birth to political correctness, in order to keep the spirit of racism at bay, the broadsided attacks from those who continue to unite around the supremacist doctrine of the conservative white man are and will continue to be an unavoidable part of a democracy that every day aspires to perfection while shutting up the impulses of its inner demons.

Meanwhile, the conservative white man will continue to give free rein to its fears and obsessions by the hand of those who have become their most notable students — some of them members of a selective club made up of “coconut gringos” — dark on the outside, white on the inside, who day after day confuse politics with their personal ambitions on Capitol Hill.

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