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“Build the Wall! English Only! Illegal Immigrants Taking Your Jobs!”: What are the implications for Latinos—indigenous or otherwise?

Op Ed by Ramón Pérez

TOLEDO, Jan. 6, 2022: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church recently held their “First Thursday” lecture “CULTURE AT THE CROSSROADS” with guest speaker Terry Lodge, civil rights attorney, titled “The January 6 Attack on the Capital.”  The ‘Insurrection,’ as many called it, was the main topic. Mr. Lodge’s overview and analysis painted a historical look at the fertile feeding grounds of this growing movement, which paints a picture that looks dim and grim for most folks.

Terry Lodge

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 Jobs?

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!




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