As one of Trump’s security detail approached Ramos, the Univision anchor continued to speak, saying, “You cannot deport 11 million
people.” Ramos was referring to Trump’s proposal to deport all people in
the country illegally before allowing some of them to return. Ramos was later allowed back in.
You’re fired! NBC is cutting its business ties to Donald Trump in light of his recent offensive statements about Mexican immigrants. NBC and Trump jointly owned the Miss USA pageant and the Miss Universe pageant—now neither will air on the network.
In a speech announcing his presidential campaign two weeks ago, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
Univision, the nation’s largest Spanish-language network, was the first to drop Trump: they pulled out of a contract to air the Miss USA pageant after his remarks. Univision’s news anchor Jorge Ramos said Trump had become “the Hispanic community’s most hated man.”
Most politicians know Jorge Ramos as the gateway to the Latino vote. But when Ramos asked Donald Trump about immigration, the Presidential candidate had him ejected from the room. William Finnegan profiles the influential Univision news anchor in this week’s issue.
Photograph by Philip Montgomery for The New Yorker
So Donald Trump is at war with hispanic TV Channel Univision, and all hispanics for that matter. He blatantly said we come here steal jobs and rape women and other nonsense but nobody is stopping him. I’ve seen it all my life racism for Hispanics is overlooked because we weren’t born here and some of us are illegal. But when people come from other countries as refugees they are accepted with open arms and given support. We are refugees too it’s just not as apparent. We come to the US looking for a better life because our own countries sometimes don’t have opportunities, or in my case, seeking refuge from an ongoing drug war between cartels that murders your family members. We don’t ask to take your jobs to give us shelter or feed us. We work hard to have anything at all! It infuriates me that this isn’t taken with more anger. Honestly if Trump said these things about any other race/religion he would be cast out of society (hopefully). But because we’re Hispanic we are overlooked. I know we have little to no representation in hardly anything and most of the time people are afraid to rise up because of their legal status but I’m so tired of seeing this shit, being overlooked, and told I don’t belong here. Well we all don’t fucking belong here or deserve this country if we can’t coexist and treat each other humanely. All of the time it’s a black/white issue. But it’s also an issue for other minorities too. Keep that in mind.
You are looking at one of the most well respected news anchors in Spanish news and he is being told to get out of a country that he is a citizen of. This moment captures the daily experience of Latinos who try and speak up and are told to shut up or get out of this country.
Jorge Ramos of course handled the situation like a professional, staying calm, and showing this racist trash for the coward he was by just taking a couple steps towards him and watching him back away in fear.
Also, I would really like everyone who watches this to really consider the racial dynamics at play here because I often hear people talk about how Latinos having “white passing privilege.” However, as you can see right here, even a light skinned latino is understood by actual white people to be an “other” that has no place in their country. Though light skinned latinos don’t experience the same kind of oppression as those with darker skin, they are still never considered part of the white community, as it is understood within American society. Moreover, when we assign whiteness to a latino we are forgetting that whiteness in the United States is not only indicative of skin pigment, but also an inheritance of a long history of exploitation that has situated them within higher social ranks, which is not the case for most Latinos. Most latinos arrived as immigrants, having little to no money, and not even able to speak English, which is something we need to remember and respect before we start using this false binary of black and white while we discuss American racial issues.