Aww, can we get a little sympathy this morning for the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network? [Note: not sarcasm. Our feelings chart indicates we're experiencing something called "empathy" right now.]
Okay, so imagine for a moment that you’re a conservative Hispanic-American. You’re a fan of regressive tax policies. You named your first-born child ”Ayn.” You’re almost as irrationally fond of Pope Benedict XVI as English Lit majors are of Obama.
It just feels so right to be a Republican.
But then you hear certain members of the Republican Party use terms like like “dogs,” or “wetbacks,” or “socialists by nature [who] come from Mexico [to] plunder [America's] goodies“ to describe Hispanic immigrants, and you’re a little torn. On the one hand, you still really like the GOP’s positions on things like abortion and cap-and-trade. On the other hand, you’re not sure how comfortable you are with their Let’s Send All Them Illegals Back To Mexico Where They Belong campaign. If only there were a way to convince the GOP to stop using this kind of rhetoric?
That’s exactly what members of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network set out to do when they emailed their Republican colleagues on Monday with some helpful suggestions for “tonally sensitive messaging points when discussing immigration proposals.” The HLN’s memo was not entitled “Because Apparently This Shit Needs To Be Said,” nor was it entitled “How Not To Sound Like a Raging Jackass When You Talk About Immigration Reform: Some Friendly Do’s & Don’t From the Hispanic Leadership Network,” but it maybe should have been.
When addressing securing our borders:
Don’t use phrases like “send them all back,” “electric fence,” [or] “build a wall along the entire border”
When talking about immigrants:
Do use “undocumented immigrant” when referring to those here without documentation
Don’t use the word “illegals” or “aliens”
Don’t use the term “anchor baby”
Feelings Chart says we’re now experiencing “extreme mirth,” mixed with “Schadenfreude,” mixed with “compassion for a bunch of people who were just trying to be helpful but are now about to be pilloried on the internet for the unintentional hilarity of their actions.”
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