March Madness: Kansas' Rodriguez taunted about green card

March Madness: Kansas' Rodriguez taunted about green card
Angel Rodriguez

It's March Madness and sports fans are focused on college basketball.

But racism reared its ugly head Thursday when some in the Southern Mississippi band insulted Kansas State player Angel Rodriguez.

"Where's your green card?" they chanted.

It's racist for them to assume just because he is Latino that he has or needs a green card.

And it is an ignorant statement because Rodriguez is Puerto Rican, which makes him a U.S. citizen. He also grew up in Miami.

But the bigger issue here is that some people see a brown face or a Hispanic surname and assume that person is an immigrant or undocumented.

There are now more than 50 million Latinos in the United States, around 16 percent of the U.S. population. And of those Latinos, more than 30 million, were born here, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

That doesn't mean the other 20 million are undocumented. According to Pew Hispanic, there are 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Around 6.5 million are from Mexico.

You do the math. The overwhelming majority of Hispanics are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

Chants like, "Where's your green card?" are based on total ignorance.

After the game, the president of the University of Southern Mississippi issued an apology.

But that is not enough. Her students should face disciplinary action for such racist comments as the college president Martha Saunders has promised.

And they need a lesson in geography and demographics.


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  • You would think the some of these younger college adults would have some common sense with the education that their parents are paying for, but I guess not. I'm sure racism will never go away. This is usually brought on by generations of ignorance. Color is just color folks it doesn't mean a thing.

  • What I would like to know is where was the band director or whoever was in charge of these students from S. Mississippi? Why didn't they stop students right away? They should also face disciplinary action and as you stated in your blog, teach them geography.
    This also goes as a lesson to minorities looking at higher ed institutions - you must make sure you are wanted and respected. That doesn't sound the case here.

  • Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone????????

    says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will
    be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY
    into White countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more
    crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve
    this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote
    assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final
    solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White
    countries to "assimilate," i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.

    if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be
    solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into
    EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long
    would it take anyone to realize I'm not talking about a RACE problem. I
    am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn't object to this?

    if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide
    against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives
    will just say that I'm a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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