Mr. Lodge shared his thoughts and analysis of what he believes
restarted the seeding of the insurrection going back to the
1980s when private corporations and Political Action Committees
(PAC’s) gained ground and negatively further influenced our
daily lives in areas such as education, equal employment &
opportunities, housing, red-lining, gerrymandering, racial
inequities and profiling, immigration, and voter restrictions.
Take voting for example,
Ohio currently has HB 387 going through the Ohio Assembly
that will further strengthen voting restrictions including
“require all voters to register to vote in person, eliminate
no-excuse absentee voting, limit the forms of acceptable photo
ID, shorten the state’s early voting period, ban mail ballots
returned via drop box from being counted, and among other
provisions” according to Democracy Docket.
How do these emerging and crippling policies and laws impact
Latinos in Ohio and Michigan?
The Insurrection on January 6, 2021 was heavily
influenced and organized by mainstream white individuals and
groups like politicians, white-collar workers, doctors, lawyers,
law-enforcement, veterans, white supremacists, 3-Percenters,
Oath Keepers, and white & non-white private businesses. Many of
these groups’ influences exist in Ohio and Michigan.
For example, Toledo WTVG 13 news station is currently airing
offensive TV ads paid by likely hidden PAC’s and private
business owners. Have you seen them? The message is
“Build the Wall, English Only, Anti-Immigrants (teetering on
fear-mongering).” It appears that news stations have no
problem selling their integrity for money.
Two politicians using this type of messaging are Bernie
Moreno and Mike Gibbons both currently running for
retiring Robert Portman’s U.S. Senate seat in 2022.
Bernie Moreno was born in Bogota, Colombia and recently changed
his ad to reflect he is a “legal immigrant.” I’m sure his ad
status was probably changed because of being challenged by the
folks he is hoping will vote for him, right-wing extremists.
Mr. Moreno also received recognition in 2011 and 2014
respectively for Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year by the
Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland’s Best
Latino Entrepreneur by Vocero Latino Cleveland & Northeast Ohio.
I wonder what they think of him now with his messaging of
“Build the Wall, English Only, Illegal Immigrants taking your
Lastly, I want to touch on what else lends to fear-mongering
messaging and accepting as truth and that is “The Great
Replacement.” This is the belief of the insurrectionists and
about half of the US, that Indigenous Latinos and African
Americans will eventually have more rights than whites. This is
and always has been one of the biggest European Critical Race
Theories passed down because they fear we will do unto them what
they did to us, great genocidal and violent atrocities.
We are not them, our history as warriors always starts and ends
with a peace plan. Stay tuned…more to come!