DIECIOCHO Podcast: Trump’s Bad Hombres

dieciocho_podcast_logoBy Victor Landa, NewsTaco

This is what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, verbatim, at the last presidential debate in reference to his immigration plan and unauthorized immigrants:

We’ll get them out, secure the border, and once the border is secured, at a later date we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.

The remark sparked a Twitter firestorm and hit a nerve among U.S. Latinos, especially among Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who heard the remark for what it was – derogatory, dog-whistle, nasty.

Dr. Bill Nericcio is a long-time friend who studies Latinos in popular culture, or how pop culture portrays Latinos, and he was my go-to smart guy when I decided to explore Trump’s comment. It’s a short episode, we’re making them short on purpose to not strain saturated attention spans.

Bill’s written a cool book: Tex[t]-MexSeductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America

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The University of Texas Press says it’s “An original, provocative, and highly entertaining deconstruction of familiar Mexican stereotypes in American popular culture.”

I say it’s a very good read. Click on the image.


Also, visit Bill’s website: Tex[t] Mex Gallery Blog

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