While perusing the internet, I came across some comic strips from Lalo Alcaraz, a prolific and dangerously hilarious Mexican-American who is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha.” I was so impressed with them and so elated to see the voices of Latino Americans penetrating this medium that I wanted to post some of them on my blog. The images are hyperlinked to their originals. Of course, I fully realize that perhaps Latinos have been contributing to this medium for some time and that I just might be an ignorant late-comer; but, as they say, better late than never – right?
Beandocks on not-Racial Profiling
I have found Huey’s and Caesar’s doppelgangers in Alcaraz’s the Beandocks, and I must say they are every bit as awesome, satirical, sarcastic as the originals they were based on. It makes me wish Aaron McGruder would continue his comic (though the fourth season of cartoon based on his comic is due to come out some time in the not-too-distant future). Kudos to the Mexican brother for a splendid creation. I, being both Black and Muslim, couldn’t have said it better myself.
Affirmative Action Bake Sale
So, when I saw this, I thought it was a joke. Oh how wrong I was! Apparently, back in September of last year, the College Republicans of UC Berkley had a “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” as a means of protesting the then pending legislation in California that would allow universities to consider race, ethnicity, gender, and national origin for admission. (I don’t know if the legislation passed or not. I’m assuming, however, it didn’t.) The price breakdown for the baked goods went as follows: $2 for White men (Beyond those of European descent, I’m assuming this includes men from the Mediterranean, North African, the Caucasoid regions, and maybe even Central Asia. Chiefly, I have in mind Arabs, Turko-Iranian peoples, Armenians, etc. “White” is very difficult to define.), $1.50 for Asian men (I’m assuming this includes peoples from South Asia as well), $1 for Latino men, $.75 for Black men cents, and a $.25 for Native American men. All women received a $.25 price cut. It seems a similar event at UCLA back in 2003 inspired this comic. I always say racist conservatives lack imagination. They have not let me down.
Pardon my use of language, but this is some shit I expect to come out of the South, where flagrant racial discrimination is still quite commonplace, maybe even the norm, not a place like Berkley, California. But I am new to California, having just arrived here a day and half ago. It would seem the West coast might not be the liberal paradise people make it out to be. I suppose, no matter where you go, somethings never change.
Anti-Affirmative Action Girl
Again, pardon my use of language, but this sounds like the name of a fucked-up super heroine. I have already determine what her super powers are – being a total ignoramus who probably has every piece of whimsical, didactic drivel Ayn Rand ever wrote. Who is Jean Galt? Why, this young White woman right here.
Everyone is for freedom and justice and equality and opportunity…but not when it means potentially challenging the privileges and the interests of the dominant group. When we minorities vie for freedom and justice and equality and opportunity whiling using the facts of historic and socio-economic injustices to aid us in our pursuits, we are “keeping people down,” and by “people,” I mean White people. They don’t say it: it’s implied.
It’s funny: how come no one ever talks about the injustice of legacy admissions yet people get up in arms about Affirmative Action? Maybe there should be a Anti-Legacy Admissions White Girl. I’d date her for sure. 😀