As the local media and HoustonRodeo attempts to make themselves “Latino-friendly” (this only happens when money is made from Latinos, otherwise, we’re a liability), they still seem to miss the point.
The head shit-kicker in charge of the Rodeo mouthed off with this comment: “The very vast majority of the Hispanic community knows that this is a subterfuge to try to keep a dying music industry alive.”
So, now, they know how we feel? KHOU reported during the 10PM news that the same shit-kicker (Leroy Shafer) stated that “surveys” were done at the door asking what kind of music was preferred and “only 3% preferred Tejano.” Well, when HoustonRodeo is surveying fans of non-Tejano music, what do you expect?
And the comment itself is exactly what Latinos have had to deal with historically. Because it’s a very white world, they get to decide which music and culture lives? I’ll go further and say it was quite a bigoted comment.
If there is a subterfuge going on, it’s from HoustonRodeo. They avoided the main points of the protest. It wasn’t just about music, but also about fair pay for Latino/Tejano acts, equity in scholarship opportunities, and equitable representation on Rodeo committees. Gringos will avoid facts in favor of profits made from taking advantage of whole communities.
No, HoustonRodeo has made it quite clear: Latinos need only give them money. Keep your comments and ideas at home.
Here’s an idea: How about a Chicano/Tejano music festival next year (same time as HoustonRodeo)? Get a nice venue, get some corporate sponsors, get 3 or 4 bands, and then get 5,000 or more folks.
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