Ralph R. Reiland
July 16, 2014
Here’s a recent — and supposedly racist — message from the labor union that represents U.S. border patrol agents, as posted by the governing National Border Patrol Council: “New annual job rating areas: Babysitting, Diaper Changing, Burrito Wrapping, Cleaning cells. Law Enforcement? What’s that?”
The message was designed to acknowledge and publicize the frustration and anger of border patrol agents who’ve been pulled from their job of providing border enforcement and apprehending people who are illegally entering the United States and, instead, been assigned to multiple tasks of homemaking.
Specifically, the words “Burrito Wrapping” produced the instantaneous charges of racism from immigrant advocates, open-border activists, and the ever-vigilant monitors of political correctness and disallowed wordage.
Those charging racism said it was typecasting to picture Hispanics eating burritos and to depict all illegal immigrants as Hispanic.
It may be true that the union committed a bit of burrito stereotyping and was, in fact, not exactly factual. I see people all the time, for instance, in the lunch line at Chipotle for burritos who aren’t, as they say, people of color. And conversely, not every Hispanic is genetically predisposed to prefer Cuban Mojo chicken withmango salsa over General Tso’s chicken with gummy white rice.
It is also true that it’s not only Hispanics who are illegally crossing the Southwestern border. Signs posted by the U.S. government in the Texas-Mexico corridor are now printed in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:24 am