Eva Longoria critiques Newt Gingrich

Eva Longoria critiques Newt Gingrich
Eva Longoria

Newt Gingrich may be rising in the Republican polls.

But he has plenty of critics.

One of them is Latina actress and activist Eva Longoria.

Over the weekend @EvaLongoria Tweeted "@newtgingrich you clearly know little about the Latina community, Latina entrepreneurs who start businesses at 6 times the national average."

And she then linked to a column by Charles M. Blow in the New York Times called "Newt's War on Poor Children."

Two weeks ago Gingrich made shocking statements about poor children not having a work ethic and that they should work as janitors in schools.

And on Thursday on a campaign stop in Iowa Gingrich made similar comments.

“Start with the following two facts: Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich obviously doesn't have many friends who are part of the working class. Otherwise he wouldn't make such ridiculous statements.

In 2010, 37.3% of poor children were Latino, 30.5% were white and 26.6% were black, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Most poor children also have at least one parent who works, according to Andrew A. Beveridge, a professor of sociology at Queens College.

Some of the poorest workers in the United States are farm workers. My mother was a child farm worker and she tells me that they grew up poor. She worked in the fields picking cotton and beets as a young girl.

Mr. Gingrich please don't tell me that is not hard work. That is back-breaking work. Please don't tell me my "poor" mom and her siblings didn't have a work ethic.

Today there are more than 400,000 children between the ages of 5 and 16 who work in American fields, according to the documentary The Harvest (executive producer Eva Longoria). And the average farm worker family makes $17,500 a year well below the poverty level for a family of four.

Longoria's point also was that many Latina women, some who are immigrants or children of immigrants, are very entrepreneurial. They start their own businesses and put people to work.

A recent study found nearly half of all small business owners in New York are immigrants.

In Chicago, go to 26th Street and see all the business that were started by once "poor" immigrants from Mexico who came here with nothing but their dreams.

Gingrich now wants to build a double fence at the border and at the same time wants some of the undocumented to be able to stay in the United States. His policy ideas send mixed messages.

I suggest Gingrich get out on the campaign trail and talk to working people struggling to support a family on low wages. There are many hard working "poor" people in this country. They shouldn't be demeaned or stereotyped.

And the Gingrich should know better than to pick on their children.

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