The big rumbling of the day was Democrat for Land Commissioner Hector Uribe’s response to a supposed Democrat who did not find Uribe’s “Cinco de Mayo” e-mail all that acceptable.
In the email, referring to both Linda Chavez-Thompson (the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor) and me, I wrote the following phrase:
“Linda and I are both running so that we can represent all Texans.”We received hundreds of responses. Nearly all were positive. A few were not. One reply from a Mr. Thomas Lake, asked, “So, who exactly are you representing, and are they legal?”
Uribe responded with a lengthy letter, slamming Lake for his narrow views about Texas.
Lately, it has been hard to miss the fact that people who share Mr. Lakes’s obvious views seldom pass up the opportunity to display their obsession with race and culture, couched in terms of citizenship status. Frankly, Mr. Lake, I’m sick of it. So are a lot of other Texans who agree with me that it’s high time we focused on tackling the very real challenges Texas families are facing.
The immigration reform debate in Washington is long-overdue and welcome, and I very much hope that the Congress reaches a fair conclusion that takes all the complex social and economic factors into account and moves the country forward fairly. And most Texans understand that the debate has little to do with the business of the Land Commissioner.
Uribe continued providing a slight look into Cinco de Mayo in America.
I will not apologize for wishing folks a happy Cinco de Mayo, which incidentally, Mr. Lake, is in large part a uniquely Texas celebration, much more so than in Mexico.
And that is very true. Although I explained the history behind the battle for which Cinco de Mayo is celebrated, the fact is that Cinco de Mayo is more a Texas and American celebration than anything else. It began more as a Mexican American/Chicano celebration. As Ryan Kelley writes,
A new generation of English-speaking, U.S.-born children of Mexican immigrants has shaped modern-day Cinco de Mayo celebrations, which have become much more cultural and less political (with exceptions during the Chicano movement and flare-ups of anti-Latino policy). Today, Cinco de Mayo festivities serve as a way to celebrate a union of Mexico and America, to celebrate tradition, and to celebrate the great American (and Mexican) tradition of the underdog – heroic triumph and resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.
So, there you go.
Now, if lighter skinned Democratic candidates and officeholders took the same posture as Uribe, Latinos may pay attention in November, especially after the Arizona debacle. But there has been little response from the top of the Texas ballot, or even from Houston’s City Hall, unlike Los Angeles.
The tradition of the underdog has been one with which Democrats in Texas can easily identify. But that may be too strategic a game plan.