Racism on National Public Radio

I was listening to the National Public Radio station out of Las Vegas tonight and they were interviewing Gustavo Arellano. Gustavo Arellano writes a column in the OC Weekly entitled Ask the Mexican. I must admit that it has been a long time since I’ve heard such a flaming racist on the air as Mr. Arellano. (No, I don’t think I can stomach Don Imus).

Mr. Arellano proudly proclaims that he calls whites “gabacho” which he (and Google) claim is a derogatory Spanish term to describe “foreigners”. He justifies his racism by claiming that people are racist to him by calling him “the Mexican” — please note of course that he calls his column Ask the Mexican. He also proudly claimed that he uses racists epithets for blacks and Asians as well.

If he had been a white espousing racism so freely, I doubt that the National Public Radio would have interviewed him in such a positive light.

Let’s take a look at the June 26th, 2008 issue of the racist Gustavo Arellano’s Ask The Mexican column. A readers supposedly asks the following question:

Dear Mexican: What do you think would happen if U.S. citizens could as easily buy land and set up businesses in Mexico as Mexicans can do in the U.S.? Might that be a big boost to the Mexican economy? I know there are provisions in the Mexican Constitution that prevent this, but what is the rationale? Who benefits from this?

Okay, this is a fair question. Unless you want to take offense at the fact that it is addressed “Dear Mexican” (which the racist Gustavo Arellano encourages by the way), there is nothing racial or racist in the question. It is a question about cause and effect and about the Mexican Constitution and the potential for improving the lives of average Mexicans.

How does the racist respond? By saying

Dear Gabacho: One of the largest sections in the Mexican Constitution (yes, gabachos: Mexicans have one. We’re not ruled by superstition anymore, at least not since 1988 )

So immediately Mr. Arellano uses a derogatory epithet (Gabacho) against the writer — not once, but twice in the opening response. He further insults the questioner’s intelligence by stating that Mexico has a constitution. Well, no duh. Go back and read the question. The questioner knew there was a constitution and even knows something about what’s in it. But of course whites must think that Mexico is ruled by superstition and not a constitution. What a racist idiot this Mr. Arellano is.

If Mr. Arellano were white and on college campus, I’m confident that his newspapers would be confiscated and both he and the editor would be threatened with expulsion.

Do you remember when John Rocker made the following comments?

Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark … next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing.

John Rocker – At Full Blast made the following observation

Because of these comments, talk-show hosts, politicians, and sports columnists took him to task, some calling for his dismissal from the game.

I admit that I don’t listen to Don Imus — but wasn’t he eventually fired from his job because of some racist comments that he made?

So here we have a (okay, since his column is titled Ask the Mexican, I’ll go out on a limb and assume for argument sake that he is Mexican), so here we have a Mexican racist Gustavo Arellano getting a positive interview from National Public Radio. Why aren’t the anti-racists up in arms? Why isn’t NPR actively trying to silence him like they would other racists? Is it because *gasp* he’s a non-white racist? Isn’t such a double standard, well you know, racist?

Let’s do our kids and the world a favor. Let’s end racism regardless if it’s coming from whites, blacks, Hispanics, or Asians.


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