The two biggest stories?
The first? Nick Blumberg (Fronteras) reports that 71% of registered Latino voters "support laws requiring voters to show official photo ID before" voting, according to Pew. What's going on there?
It's not a surprise. First off, all Latinos are not "Mexican-American" or "Mexican." The Latino community is a diverse one and even any region will be diverse. For example, there are waves of Cuban immigrants different from other waves. There are also second and third generation immigrants different from others. Latinos living in the US for multiple generations is not surprising. Large numbers were American citizens in the 1800s, for example.
The non-Latino community tends to lump us all together. And that is insulting.
And when we are wrongly lumped together, that leads to some getting offended.
So you will probably have support for many years to come -- at least a third of Latinos -- for photo ID. Because a number of Latinos are insulted that they are wrongly considered to be recent immigrants (documented or not). Second, because a number of Latinos have to prove who they are, they tend to not be so sympathetic to concerns of others about proof.
The Latino youth is more apt to be less typical. But does that hold? A multi-generational survey would be very interesting, tracking over several decades.
Hector Becerra (Los Angeles Times) reports that Pew found Barack preferred three-to-one by registered Latino voters but at least 23% of registered voters doubting that they will vote. Why is that?
Because they may prefer Barack to Mitt, these 23%, but don't feel there's any point in voting. Barack's not done anything for the Latino community. On the most obvious issue -- thought not the only one -- he's deported more immigrants than Bully Boy Bush did. On other issues?
The employment rate is ridiculous, he's done damn little to help college students, we aren't impressed with his education policies (which read like attacks on teachers' unions) and we laugh at his "vouchers bad for health care but good for school." That's regardless of if we support vouchers or not. (I don't support them for school or health care.)
There's the failure to keep the Guatanamo promise. While a large number of Latinos are not Muslims, we are a population that looks different than the majority population in the country and we can relate to being locked away for being different and the 'other.' That broken promise is not forgotten.
We don't see him helpful with issues of law and order. We're appalled by the Fast & Furious program (there's a reason Univision couldn't let go of covering that story if they wanted to -- everyone's appalled by it -- but in English language media it is largely ignored).
So that's me weighing in on the two big Latino issues in the news cycle. Today, "The Post Debate Debate (Ava and C.I.)" went up so you can check out C.I. and my take on the debate 'analysis.'
Easy Black Bean Tacos
can of black beans
8 ounces of favorite salsa
dash of cumin
lettuce or spinach
8 ounces of cheese of choice
Heat corn tortillas in 350 degree oven on a baking sheet for five to ten minutes.
Cook black beans in a small pot with salsa and cumin.
Spoon onto corn tortilla. Add lettuce or spinach. Top with cheese.
If you add avocado slices on top of the cheese, you have my friend Maya's (since high school) favorite recipe and one she taught me back in high school.
And here is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"