On George Lopez & Sheriff Joe Arpaio
My husband loves George Lopez. He’s a big fan and always has been, but we don’t watch much GL at our house. Why? Well, that’s both difficult and easy to explain.
George is a Latino who broke through…a proud Chicano no less. He’s caught the attention of people in all walks of life from all varieties of racial and ethnic backgrounds…and he says what many are thinking, without hesitation. But there’s a problem. George isn’t moving forward the image of Latinos. He’s not making “Mexican” a good thing. I know there are many who disagree…people who are passionate about supporting Lopez, and for good reason. But we can’t all say that we aren’t a little disappointed that he isn’t using his voice to do a little more good for the community.
What does Spiderman say? ”With great power, comes great responsibility.”
Yes, that’s a comic book quote, but still…it holds true. We need some heroes in modern day America…especially in our Latino communities.
George Calls Out Sheriff Joe Arpaio
This past week, George called out a hater. He took on Sheriff Arpaio for Latinos. I love that he took a hard stand, but did he really “help” Latinos in this battle?
I was reading a post on News Taco this week, one of my favorite news sites written by a Tejano from Laredo (if you’ve read my posts on Bicultural Mom, you know my hubby is a Laredo Tejano too), and I couldn’t help but feel he was speaking for our family too. In his ‘Open Letter to George Lopez’, Victor Landa writes,
People listen to you, so what you say matters. I’m wondering how many of the people in the audience in Los Angeles when you recorded your show were registered to vote? How many of the folks who watched on TV, will watch on TV or have seen the Sheriff Joe segment online are registered to vote? Here’s what I’m getting at: the fact that there are so many Latinos who are eligible to vote but haven’t registered is as outrageous as anything that Joe Arpaio can or will do. It’s just as frustrating, just as tiring.
You’re incredibly good at pointing out Latino idiosyncrasies – our drug and alcohol abuse, our child abuse, our rowdiness, our poverty and lack of education. You’ve made a pretty good living pointing these things out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s funny stuff. How about pointing that critical eye on our lack of participation? How about making light of the fact that we’re our own political enemy because we don’t bother to register and vote? Why is that? I’m sure you can find a nuance that’s hilarious and that’ll make us think about it enough to get up and do something about it.
Latinos are a powerhouse, but the problem is…they don’t know it. They don’t know that they (as a unified group) could change the face of this country. A little nudge from Latino influencers like Lopez could help us realize this though. Especially our Mexican community. We need a rally call. We need individuals to lead…to set the example. So where are they?
Where are the BIG VOICES who will inspire our communities to change the system?
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