Argo and the Big Lie about the Latino “Race”

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Tony Mendez, left and Ben Affleck, right, who plays Mendez in the film Argo

Imagine a movie using a white actor to play an African-American hero in a stirring true story about a hostage rescue. Would that film ever win the Best Picture Oscar? The answer is an obvious “No!” but this year’s Best Picture, Argo, cast Ben Affleck, a white Anglo with no hint of Hispanic heritage, to play the Mexican-American CIA agent Tony Mendez.

The fact that no one protested exposes the common liberal lie that classifies Hispanics as a distinct race, irreducibly different from whites. Obviously, there’s no Latino “race” —the 2010 Census showed 53% of self-identified Hispanics reported their race as “white.” The Left’s attempt to treat Latinos differently from other immigrant groups—Italian-Americans, for instance—is a vile bid to block Americanization and foment a culture of perpetual grievance and separateness.

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  1. David Haynes  •  Mar 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Your insights are manifestly true. The latino “race” played a large roll in electing the current president and in spite of the afinity most Latino-Americans feel regarding many conservative issues, a majority were convinced to vote for the man and the party who would “take care” of them and protect them from the mysterious and powerful forces arrayed against them.

  2. Carlos DeLeon  •  Mar 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Unfortunately, very few of us (Latinos) see this country for what it was and should continue to be. No longer have the melting pot, but a progressive divisor ideology by colored race and gender. Shame on our leaders and many of our citizens. Ignorance and anarchy has a bigger platform at present time. In our home, we are very selective at what we watch on TV, and most of the time a good book does the trick.
    We rather see a good John Wayne, James Steward movies and work on our land keeping the American tradition alive.

  3. John D. Fiat  •  Mar 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Latino? If you look up the word Latin in a dictionary, you’ll get a simple, four word definition. And that definition is “The language of Rome.” The Italian language has absolutely nothing to do with Aztecs!

  4. Samuel Hernandez  •  May 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I cringe at the left’s attempt to force anyone of Spanish surnames into some racial category for political expediency. My father’s birth certificate (1920’s) properly has his race as Caucasian. I had no complaints at Mendez being played by Affleck. In fact he looks a lot like a few of my cousins.

    We are an ethnic group. In my case my Mother’s family hails from Spain, and my dad is Spanish/Mexican/First Nations.

    From Southern California – I am a die in the wool conservative.
    As an ethnic group – I agree with the parallelism of Italian American, Greek American, etc. – we all have a little color … :=)

    Thanks for letting me comment …

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