Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

I Know What That Feeling Feels Like

Congrats to our David on being a published author!  🙂

(Thanks for the twitpic link, Burkey).

As someone who has had that sensation, I’m sending warm fuzzy vibes David’s way, now that he has a copy of his book in his hands.

It’s a feeling that no amount of Kindle or Nook copies of ebooks will ever be able to replace.

So, on that note, I am sooooo looking forward to getting a copy of Chords of Strength in my own hands.

Due Date: June 1, 2010.

“Walking While Brown”: New Racial Profiling

I doubt David would ever get pulled over to present his “papers,” but would his mama, originally from Honduras, have to deal with this if she were to travel through Arizona?

David is astute enough (with the exception of recent tweets earlier this month) to avoid commenting and tweeting on the more controversial issues, like the new Arizona law that allows for the racial profiling of certain people who are suspected of being illegal immigrants.  Thus far, Latino celebrities from Ricky Martin to George Lopez to Perez Hilton to Eva Longoria to Shakira have voiced their outrage against these recent developments, and with good reason.

Whatever you may feel on the subject of immigration (of which every single one of us – unless you’re Native American – is a descendant of immigrants), we cannot overlook the ways that racial profiling is done in such a way as to target certain communities.  Whether we’re talking about “Driving while Black,” “Flying while Arab,” or now, “Walking while Brown,” racial profiling promotes discrimination by suggesting that certain bodies are prone to criminalization or “illegal” status.

Not to mention the stereotypes it promotes.  When we discuss the subject of “immigrants,” we immediately jump to Mexicans, Central and Latin Americans, and conveniently overlook Eastern Europeans and Asians, for example.  Perhaps this is an issue of numbers, but if that is the case, we may have to ask ourselves why certain communities pose a “threat” and to whom is this “threat” posed.

Last year, I posted a blog on how David was redefining Latinidad.  Because of laws and prevailing attitudes, I cannot stress how important public figures like David really are in challenging stereotypes and bigotry.  His Latin pride combined with his “all-American” persona do much to challenge the rationale behind so-called racial profiles.  I doubt David will ever say anything on the issue – as other celebrities have done – but he just needs to be to showcase the irrationality of such laws and attitudes.