Hispanics Need Not Apply

I sometimes wonder at the ethnic background of some of these seriously anti-Hispanic politicians.  I wonder if any of them have Irish or Italian ancestry.  Because the whole thing reminds me of the time when wanted ads said “Irish need not apply” at the bottom and signs in the windows proclaimed, “No Irish”.  The Italians went through this as well, but more people are familiar with the Irish phase of it.

In fact, this is where we get the stereotype of the Irish or Italian cop.  As people tended to cluster together in communities, and when faced with oppression, closed ranks together, the police had trouble functioning in Italian and Irish neighborhoods.  So they started hiring Italians and Irish people to police their own neighborhoods.

As these young men took this job opportunity, they were looks down on by other police officers and their own communities became suspicious of them, you develop the stereotype of the drunk Irish or Italian cop.  Not to say this happened to everyone.  But it was the birth of a cartoonish image that has lasted through the years.

But is it really so different now?  Telling the Hispanics to go home, we don’t want you here.  To me it is part and parcel with the same thing.  So anyone of Irish or Italian ancestry who is supporting the anti-Hispanic policies of some states needs to think about their own history and do they really want to support such a stance.

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