An Open Letter To Edward James Olmos

In response to his being photographed hugging controversial AZ Gov. Jan Brewer on a flight back from the Superbowl

By David Romero
Published on LatinoLA: February 18, 2013

An Open Letter To Edward James Olmos

Note from Christian Henriquez, Earlier this month Edward James Olmos was photographed hugging controversial AZ Gov. Jan Brewer on a flight back from the Superbowl. Many of his fans were upset because Olmos has been critical of Gov. Brewer and the controversial SB1070 law that targets mainly Latino residents. Some saw this as a betrayal.

This is David Romero's take on the situation.

Dear Edward James Olmos,

It has come to my attention that you took a private jet to Arizona from the Super Bowl with Jan Brewer. I may have been deceived because you are such an accomplished actor but it would appear that was your arm hanging over plush and white cushions draped over Jan Brewer's slippery shoulders. I may have been deceived because you are such an accomplished actor but it looks like you two are smiling like old friends in your Instagram picture together.

Como se dice "Sell out?" Como se dice "Race traitor?" Como se dice "Got-what-he-wanted then threw us under the freedom bus headed for Arizona?" Sounds like Moctezuma, looks like nostrils flaring feels like saliva and mocos gathered up in mouth and hurled at your feet.

You have betrayed us Edward James Olmos! "Now boarding" did you feel something deep in the marrow of your bones telling you not to get on that plane? Stories of corpses haunting the desert? Of Minutemen patrols? Did their victims give you pause? Could you feel something tugging at your heartstrings? Those violins serenading another funeral party, did they move you? Could you feel something like a knife stabbing into your traitor's belly? Did it stab into you like you were driving home stopped in front of red and blue lights flashing frozen in terror watching as they came?

Did it hit you Edward James Olmos after you took the photo? Did you excuse yourself? Did you wipe the sin off of your hands and lose yourself in a swirling drain of remorse Edward James Olmos? No. Of course you didn't Chale‘«™ Edward James Olmos you felt fine flying high. Jan Brewer never gets stopped. Governor Bruja can fly over borders she gets what she wants travels with impunity because she owns the law
and besides‘«™ what's the plight of your people when you get an easy flight back from the Super Bowl?

Edward James Olmos, Chicano actor, Activist. What will you tell us? that in that cramped airplane compartment you maneuvered through niceties? Dialogued about racial understanding and social policy? Or, will you tell us that you cursed her through those smiling teeth of yours? Is that what you did? No, Edward James Olmos because that would take‘«™ ganas. Ganas you apparently left in New Orleans but if we are to tell stories here is one for you your plane never touched down in Arizona. It was grounded. It fit a profile of the 1% politicians and sell-outs like yourself.

A loud voice boomed "Freeze we need to see your papers and ID." Jan Brewer was escorted from the plane belligerent and brought out in handcuffs tried for her crimes against humanity and you, Edward James Olmos? We stripped you of your zoot suit. Of names we had held close to our hearts For so many years: Adama Gonzalez, Santana, Escalante, El Pachuco.

Edward James Olmos, all we were left with was your sad carcass an empty plane and the realization you had never been the first Chicano anything.

Signed, David Romero

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