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Disrespecting Traditional Latino Family Values

Latinos are victims of situational mathematics: Vote YES on 8!

By Al Carlos Hernandez - Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: October 31, 2008


Disrespecting Traditional Latino Family Values


Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage is OK because the reason for marriage was for "the raising of children," and since they say there is no evidence that kids raised in gay families are wronged, they ruled that to prohibit Gay marriage would be discrimination.

Popular media would have you think that a homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable norm, but it's not. Reliable statistics indicate that only one or two percent of the nation's population is homosexual. Most of the working people I know, most of whom do not have a public voice, believe that (based on familial, Latino, cultural and religious traditions) Gay marriage is 100% wrong.

I agree with them 100%, and will vote Yes on Prop 8.

Many primetime TV shows feature a gay character or a same sex smooch, all the while continuing to under represent Latinos in media, and we make up at least 10 percent of the population (Editor's Note: It's 15%)

Why does media over count gays, and under count Latinos?

Clearly, we are victims of situational mathematics. There are no doubt there are more gay TV and film executives than Latino execs.

The gay community has made tremendous strides towards labeling itself a minority group, equal in oppressed stature to Latinos, Native Americans and Blacks. The truth is they are not. The majority of gay folks is white and enjoys the privileges of their Anglo American heritage.

One cannot stop being Black by changing one's outward appearance and/or lifestyle. Many have attempted to conceal their Latino roots by labeling themselves Spanish and French, but their negative self image, and their inability to pronounce "chicken" or "sandwich" gives them away.

Latinos in this country are viewed through a prism of colonial didacticism. This society demonstrates the philosophy that a racial minority in a silk suit is subservient, and shall be regulated to the lower service classes of the American caste system.

Ask any Chicana who has hit the glass ceiling.

It doesn't matter if you prefer Adam or Eve: Discrimination is not about sex, it's about race. The theory of evolution has taught this country that some races evolve slower than others; this theory in practice is wrong and racist. The Founding Fathers didn't specify marriage was to be between a man and a woman, because they held those truths to be self-evident.

I do not deride the Gay community; there are several gay men and women with whom I share a 25-year-old friendship. I share the belief that the intelligent Creator of the universe is no respecter of persons, and neither am I. It seems that we all are sojourners of equal stature on this celestial bus called Earth and are on a collision course with eternity.

Consistent with an egalitarian, not a reductionist view, life partners should be given contractual rights under the law to share property, visit each other in hospital and maintain any type of household they choose.

Think about it: How can a specific group of people who are only culturally identifiable expect racial minority and matrimonial status, when the majority of participants are of the dominant racial minority? Accommodations because of race were invented to right a history of institutional racism to give the colonized a fair chance to compete in this Anglo-male dominated society.

Is tabloid media making it radical chic to celebrate an oppressed stature? Is that why rich kids pierce their faces? What if you don't want to be oppressed? Does everybody and their Mama, or Mamas, need a six-part explanation box on the census form? So what if Moms wears comfortable shoes and Dads like Broadway musicals? That being said, I agree with most working class Americans who say that same sex marriage is wrong.

Why doesn't limousine liberal America consider the life of a farm worker family living in a plywood shack, sleeping on a dirt floor smelling of pesticides -- so you can be a vegan -- an alternative lifestyle worth celebrating? Why don't the dolphin psychologists and tree hugging "Thinkers" drink a toast to their distress with a traditional "White Whine?"

We all want the same things: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If Adam and Steve, or Ethyl and Eve want to play house, that's on them. But if these same folks willfully usurp a racially disadvantaged person's ability to get their rightful share of affirmative equality considerations, and the benefits of marriage, that is blatantly unfair.

There is no such thing as a McDonald's Gay workers alliance.

An Eastern proverb asks one to walk in someone's shoes before you pass judgment.

I've been informed that unless the shoes really hurt your feet, they can't be considered cute.

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