November 14, 2009

MONEY TALKS...THE NATIVIST WALKS:

Justicia Poetica (Roberto Lovato, November 13, 2009, The Nation)

As I watched the sad eyes of Lou Dobbs last night while he bade an abrupt farewell to his long career at CNN, I shed the tears that he apparently couldn't. I cried in part because, regardless of the Basta Dobbs campaign's--and my own--constitutional differences with his brand of anti-immigrant, anti-Latino propaganda disguised as news, one couldn't help but be moved by the fast and fiery demise of a media titan. It really was sad to watch the aging Dobbs go out without the slow grace and good will that characterized Walter Cronkite's departure in a previous media era.

Yet, while slightly moved by Dobbs's personal drama, I cried primarily because, as a member, relative and friend of the groups most vilified by Dobbs for so many years--Latinos and immigrants--I was inspired by the power of the movement to oust him, a movement that these same groups and their allies led. In the words of many a jubilant Twitterer and Facebook friend celebrating Dobbs' transition as a victory,"Si Se Pudo" (Yes We Could).

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 14, 2009 7:29 PM
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