"Hispandering" abounds at the RNC, but a plan on immigration is nowhere in sight

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Immigrant narratives featured prominently at the RNC. Immigration did not.

By CRISTINA COSTANTINI

The GOP brought their best Dirty-Dancing-Havana-Nights Spanish to the Republican National Convention in hopes of wooing Latinos — a key voting bloc in many swing states. Spanish flare was sprinkled into English-language speeches at every turn.

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Hispandering 101: A @ThisIsFusion Video with @AliciaMenendez, @mhmwriter & Our Jefe @julito77

Last night, Alicia Menendez of Fusion hosted a conversation about “Hispandering” and politicians. Joining Alicia were Michelle H. Mulligan @mhmwriter of Cosmo for Latinas and our very own Julito @julito77.

Here is the first segment:

And here is the second segment:

By the way, Julito’s point that Rush Limbaugh didn’t invent or made the term popular, as reportedby the Raw Story this week. It has…

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See and Cringe as Gov. Rick Scott and Wife Awkwardly Explain Hispandering Heritage Month to Florida (VIDEO)

We don’t know what is more awkward in the following video from Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann.

See and Cringe as Gov. Rick Scott and Wife Awkwardly Explain Hispandering Heritage Month to Florida (VIDEO)

We don’t know what is more awkward in the following video from Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann. The deer in the headlights looks into the camera or the Spanish spoken at the end. Because you know, what better way to be culturally sensitive to people than speaking Spanish that makes us want to scream, “¡BASTA! Por favor, ¡no más!”

Yup, it’s Hispandering Heritage Month.



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White House’s Hispandering Heritage Month Proclamation Addresses Immigration (What a Surprise)

You would think that the White House can ease up a bit right now when it comes to dealing with U.S. Latino voters, especially after last weekend’s announcement by President Obama to delay immigration relief because (and there is no other way to put this) Democrats are just afraid of Republicans right now. But such is politics, and what better way to calm the frustrations and anger of many U.S. Latino voters with a proclamation for Hispandering (sorry, Hispanic) Heritage Month celebrating the accomplishments of U.S. Latinos, right? Because, the White House wouldn’t think to rub a little more salt in the wound, right?

Wrong.

It started promising…

In these accomplishments, we recognize that when we lift up the Hispanic community, we strengthen our Nation; when we create more ladders of opportunity, we provide the chance for all Americans to reach their greatest potential. My Administration is committed to supporting and fighting for policies that help Hispanics succeed. We are investing in programs that better prepare students and workers for today’s economy, continuing to address disparities in health care, and pushing initiatives that grow our middle class.

Then it transitioned to this:

Reforming our immigration system remains crucial for our economic future. When workers educated in America are unable to stay and innovate here, we are deprived of their full contributions, and when immigrants have to labor in the shadows, they often earn unfair wages and their families and our economy suffer. That is why I continue to call on the Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, and why I am determined to address our broken immigration system through executive action in a way that is sustainable and effective, and within the confines of the law.

After that, it concluded:

America has always drawn its strength from the contributions of a diverse people. Throughout our Nation, Hispanics are advancing our economy, improving our communities, and bettering our country. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to ensuring ours remains a society where the talents and potential of all its members can be fully realized.

Interestingly enough, the editors in us feel that immigration paragraph just came out of nowhere. As if it HAD to be inserted to quell the anger. In fact, it wasn’t really needed in such a flowery proclamation. Yet, it “went there” and at a time when we were starting to get over last weekend’s news and beginning to look at it more rationally (BTW, many were pissed), this proclamation gets released tonight. It doesn’t have to always be about immigration (just as we were about to drink some vodka margaritas), and the White House should be wise to not bang that constant message right now. Voters are feeling a bit fragile and used.

Hispanic Heritage Month, 2014: White House Proclamation

Why does it no longer surprise us? It’s like the White House knows U.S. Latinos have no other alternative.

Pass us some more spicy non-dairy creamer, please.



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A Few Hispandering Heritage Month Ads That Make Us Beg for Mercy

Oh, boy. Our least favorite time of the year is upon us: Hispandering (sorry, Hispanic) Heritage Month, where everyone wants a piece of the action, because, you know… Latin@s are a hot market!

HMM is on, and we are already seeing some of the same sadness that has happened in previous years. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Please stop @Coffee_mate, we beg you. http://ift.tt/1xPX0cO

— Latino Rebels (@latinorebels) September 5, 2014

That one is so bad, we had to share this one as well from the same campaign:

This ad for “Latin flavors” from @Coffee_mate is so wrong. Read why here: http://t.co/lYjhdp0J4z #NoMames http://ift.tt/X2MxKf

— Latino Rebels (@latinorebels) September 3, 2014

Over to Wendy’s Facebook. Hey, it’s Hispandering Heritage Month, let’s have a contest!

Post by Wendy’s.

But it looks like Wendy’s and Coca-Cola are serious about it:

Enter the Wendy’s & Coke Hispanic Heritage Month Sweeps for a chance to win a vacation for the whole family or more! http://t.co/yeGQ3zPT76

— YVETTE ALEJANDRO (@HOUSTONSLILANGE) September 8, 2014

Here’s one from a vodka company:

This weekend, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Sobieski #Margarita. Recipe: http://t.co/ZbKRacyjNo http://ift.tt/X2MApn

— Sobieski Vodka (@Sobieski_Vodka) September 5, 2014

Vodka margaritas? Wha?

Macy’s has gotten into the game as well:

That one got one Feministing blogger to write an entire post about it. Read it here: “Thanks Macy’s, but this isn’t ‘celebrating,’ this is selling.”

As the author says: “Latin@s are not a bandwagon to jump on. We’re not a monolithic market to conquer. We are a huge population of diverse people fighting for a place in a country that tends to exploit and exclude us all year, even during Hispanic Heritage Month.”

True.

Finally, although it was NOT for Hispandering Heritage Month (or was it?), there is now a Charmin Latino, and they had a Twitter party this week:

Únete a nuestro Twitter party #TuiteaDesdeElTrono con @latinamomblogs y @AnaPatriciaTV 9/9 @ 8PM ET ¡Te esperamos! http://ift.tt/1xPX3p0

— Charmin Latino (@CharminLatino) September 4, 2014

Toilet paper has now gone “Latino.” Stop and think about that for a minute.

Maybe we should get some actual non-Latino toilet paper to wipe some of these ads away and flush them down the trono?

Dear agencies and brands, we are asking you to please step away from all this. Latino consumers are smarter than you think. Stop, please stop.

What other ones have you seen? Let us know in the comments section.



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A Few Hispandering Heritage Month Ads That Make Us Beg for Mercy

Oh, boy. Our least favorite time of the year is upon us: Hispandering (sorry, Hispanic) Heritage Month, where everyone wants a piece of the action, because, you know… Latin@s are a hot market!

HMM is on, and we are already seeing some of the same sadness that has happened in previous years. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Please stop @Coffee_mate, we beg you. pic.twitter.com/sGdEn9GF3C

— Latino…

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The Greatest TV Show Monologue About Latin@ Stereotypes You Have Never Seen (VIDEO)

We got the following video from a loyal Latino Rebels Facebook fan, along with this text: “In honor of Hispandering month are any of you old enough to remember this scene from Hill Street Blues with René Enríquez where he laid the smack down?”

This scene needs no explanation. Watch.

Now for all of you who weren’t even born when “Hi…

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch House Republicans’ 2014 ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’ Video

Last year, House Republicans published the following video at the beginning of Hispandering (sorry, Hispanic) Heritage Month:

You remember late 2013, right? When the GOP-controlled House was preparing immigration reform principles that were released this past January? Guess they needed to do a YouTube video for their “Latino outreach.” You know, soften the message from 2012, The Year of Self-Deportation. As a follow up to that 2013 video, here is what the House Republicans have produced this year, in 2014:

Pretty powerful, huh? We wonder why there was a video last year, but none this year? Could it be (call us crazy) that in just months, the House GOP went from producing immigration reform principles to this? Latinos don’t really matter. Yeah, that could be it.

By the way, this is the official statement from the GOP for this year’s HHM. Paragraph three comes from nowhere. And we wonder if fellow GOPers like Steve King and Jeff Sessions will celebrate the “warmth, richness, and diversity of the Hispanic community”, too, or are they and other neo-nativists too busy vilifying Latinos in this country?

“During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the significant contributions of Americans of Hispanic descent to our great nation. Hispanics, throughout our nation’s history, have influenced and excelled in diverse fields and professions including business, law, politics, education, the arts, and the military,” said Chairman Reince Priebus. “We join Americans across the country to celebrate these accomplishments that help shape our rich American culture.

“The desire to achieve the American Dream and leave a stronger America for our children and grandchildren is something Republicans and Hispanics hold dear. That’s why the RNC is in Hispanic communities across the country communicating our shared values of faith, freedom, and opportunity for all. On the ground, we are building lasting relationships with Hispanics and listening to their cares and concerns. In Washington, Republicans are fighting for pro-growth policies that will help empower Hispanic individuals and families to unleash their full potential.

“Throughout this week we also wish a happy independence celebration to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.”

“Each year, this month-long celebration provides an opportunity for all to commemorate the warmth, richness, and diversity of the Hispanic community,” said Co-Chairman Sharon Day. “During this time we also reaffirm our shared commitment to building a stronger, more vibrant economy that opens doors of opportunity for everyone.”

Your lame-ass Hispandering (and lack of it as well) is noted, GOP.



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The Greatest TV Show Monologue About Latin@ Stereotypes You Have Never Seen (VIDEO)

We got the following video from a loyal Latino Rebels Facebook fan, along with this text: “In honor of Hispandering month are any of you old enough to remember this scene from Hill Street Blues with René Enríquez where he laid the smack down?”

This scene needs no explanation. Watch.

Now for all of you who weren’t even born when “Hill Street Blues” was on TV, the late René Enríquez played Lieut. Ray Calletano on the show from 1981–1987. Enríquez, born in Granada, Nicaragua, died of cancer in 1990.

Yes, the same issues presented in a monologue from three decades ago are still with us. It is safe to safe that Lieut. Ray Calletano would still be pissed if he only knew.



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White House's Hispandering Heritage Month Proclamation Addresses Immigration (What a Surprise)

You would think that the White House can ease up a bit right now when it comes to dealing with U.S. Latino voters, especially after last weekend’s announcement by President Obama to delay immigration relief because (and there is no other way to put this) Democrats are just afraid of Republicans right now. But such is politics, and what better way to calm the frustrations and anger of many U.S.…

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EXCLUSIVE: Watch House Republicans' 2014 'Hispanic Heritage Month' Video

Last year, House Republicans published the following video at the beginning of Hispandering (sorry, Hispanic) Heritage Month:

You remember late 2013, right? When the GOP-controlled House was preparing immigration reform principlesthat were released this past January? Guess they needed to do a YouTube video for their “Latino…

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