For years, conservative racists have demeaned African Americans for using “poor grammar” or “Ebonics.” This has been a historical trend among conservatives, and has manifested itself recently in the trial of George Zimmerman. Laura Ingraham, among other racists in the media, mocked Rachel Jeantel, a friend of the deceased Trayvon Martin, based on her diction. Ingraham ascribed Jeantel’s use of a grammar to the entire African American community- a common theme among racist conservatives with terms like “black culture” or “black-on-black” crime. With immigration it is no different, as Laura Ingraham has repeatedly made racist comments and arguments in an effort to marginalize Hispanics.
Yesterday on her radio show, as noted by Media Matters, Laura Ingraham took the time to mock an immigration protestor based on her accent. Ingraham imitated the woman protestor and claimed to not have understood her. Conservatives in the media have a long history of mocking those in this country that are not native born and do not speak English. As Laura Ingraham has said in one of her books, “True Americans are white, Christian and conservative.” It’s no surprise that racism still is exists in the media- let’s just be happy they are becoming outnumbered.
Right-wing host Laura Ingraham continues to be as anti-immigrant as anyone in the country. Fairly recently, Laura Ingraham has recorded promos on behalf of the anti-immigrant group F.A.I.R.- a group registered as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In addition, Ingraham has stated that we shouldn’t pass immigration reform because immigrants will make the United States a “hellhole.” Ingraham knows no bounds when it comes to racism. In fact, I would argue that Laura Ingraham is the most racist person on television or radio- at least corporate owned and sponsored.
As Media Matters have documented, today on her radio show, Laura Ingraham stated, “California is where “most newly amnestied people initially settled after the ’86 amnesty” and that “it has the largest percentage of Latino voters in the United States and Latino residents, new immigrants, also Asian residents.” She added: “I say we keep going down this road of immigration, quote, reform and we can all look forward to having a poverty rate as high as — at least under this alternative measure, which looks like a better measure of poverty.”
As usual, however, Laura Ingraham is completely wrong on the facts. In fact, as Media Matters notes, experts believe that the rise in the alternative poverty rate is due the rising cost of housing. For more data on this, visit the following link.
I just noticed on Ingraham’s Twitter account, that Laura had mentioned that her dog (a Labrador Retriever) had passed away. Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. They are indeed loyal companions; and as a Lab lover, I am sad to see any lab pass.
One thing remains strange to me, though. This is the second lab that Ingraham has had that died young- both dogs died around the same age, under 7 years old. Labs typically live longer lives, as far as I can tell. One of my siblings (who I don’t talk to because they’re brainwashed by Fox News and talk radio) has been a lab owner their whole life. Their first lab lived for nearly 15 years; and 2 labs that they have now are approaching 8 years, and are very healthy. Go figure!