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IS HERMAN A TOM?

IS HERMAN A TOM?

"Hispanics have failed to assume responsibility for their children’s welfare…Hispanic parents rarely get involved with their children’s schools. They seldom attend parent-teacher conferences, ensure that children do their homework or inspire their children to dream of attending college."                                                                                    -Herman Badillo

By Led Black

One_nation_1 What is an Uncle Tom?  Are Uncle Toms exclusively Black?  The late great Malcolm X defined an Uncle Tom as a servile Black person that identified more with his oppressor than with his own people.  For example: If the slave master was sick, the Uncle Tom or House Negro would respond “What’s the matter boss we sick?”  While the term Uncle Tom derives from a Black character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, an Uncle Tom can be of any race, creed, ethnicity or nationality.  An Uncle Tom collaborates with the powers that be to impose their will on the group that the Tom belongs to.  During World War II, Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian, partnered with the Nazis to rule Norway.  Due to his treasonous behavior the name Quisling has become synonymous with a traitor.  Therefore an Uncle Tom is a quisling, a Benedict Arnold or a Judas.

With that said, the does Herman Badillo deserve to be the first inductee into the infamous Tom of the Month Club?  Mr. Badillo has written a scathing critique of Hispanics values entitled “One Nation, One Standard”.  The premise of the book is basically that Hispanic parents do not value education and that is the reason that our kids are not keeping up with the children of other groups.  Mr. Badillo very conveniently absolves the educational system of any blame whatsoever.  The entire title of the book is, “One Nation, One Standard: An Ex-Liberal on How Hispanics Can Succeed Just Like Other Immigrant Groups”.  Excuse me Herman but Hispanics are succeeding just like other Immigrant groups.  To single out Hispanics as bad parents is so offensive that it defies description but it is also a slap in the face to all the hard-working Hispanic parents, like mine, that came to this country to provide a better future for their children and worked like dogs to achieve that dream.  Not to mention, that it also plays right into the hands of those folks who want to blame all of America’s problems on Hispanics and their decadent customs and culture.  Mr. Badillo is a senile, bitter political has-been that does the bidding of his masters, let’s continue to strive for excellence and not prove him right.  Palante, Siempre Palante!

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  1. Reply
    Inez

    I remember being very angry at these excerpts from Badillo’s book. As long as I can remember Herman Badillo was extremely out of touch with our community. You wouldn’t hear from him for a couple of years and right around election time he’d show up. From the time I was in second grade my classes were 90% percent Latino and our a**es would have been beat if we we’re even to suggest that we weren’t going to college. Hasta la persona mas humilde sabe y entiende que una educacion es sumamente importante. So Badillo is a jerk for making those claims in his book and a sell-out at that, because he’s perpetuating the stereotype that minorites don’t want to progress in life.

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    Leo Trevino

    Hon. Herman Badillo, well done. Your book, “One Nation, One Standard” will definately prick the heart of the Latino community. “One Nation, One Standard” is an open rebuke to the politicos whose policies for too long have been a stumbling block to the advancement of the latino community.

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