Trump Bonds with “the Hispanics”

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Trump Celebrates CincoDeMayo

Preliminary notes for an explication:

Trump apparently thinks that he can begin to mitigate, if not erase, the political damage caused by his characterizing Mexicans and rapists and murderers by simply posing for a photo while eating a taco bowl.

Although food is a major element of all cultures, equivocating one’s enjoyment of certain dishes with a broader appreciation for and a sensitivity to a culture is generally an indication of the opposite—of a deeply ingrained cultural parochialism and cultural insensitivity.

Asserting that a “taco bowl” connects you to Mexicans is equivalent to saying that eating a meatball makes you Sicilian or eating a pierogi makes you Slavic.

Worse, Trump reduces one of Mexico’s most important holidays into yet another opportunity to plug the Grill in Trump Tower and, in essence, himself.

In exercising his usual egotism, Trump insults Mexicans, for he claims that people employed in a building that…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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