Gabriela Saucedo Mercer gives the real story behind ‘We Don’t Want Middle Easterners’

| August 30 2012

TUCSON, AZ – On Monday, a group called People For Grijalva released a poorly edited one-minute fifty-second video entitled ‘The Real Gabriela Mercer – We Don’t Want Any Middle Easterners’. In it, snippets of video interviews with Gabriela Saucedo Mercer were used to try to weave a deceptive anti-Middle Eastern message with particular attention placed on a mere fragment of footage used selectively to construct a false narrative.

The truth of the matter is Mercer was referring to OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) who come from various parts of the world crossing the southern border – legally and illegally – to exact harm upon The United States. Interestingly, People For Grijalva do not appear to be equally concerned about Mercer’s reference to Chinese citizens who cross our southern border. Perhaps it does not quite satisfy the narrative they have in mind.

Below is a link to the full fourteen minute video to put the entire discussion into perspective:

It is fascinating in a time of economic uncertainty, rising food and gas costs, and job losses that the focus of Mercer’s opponents appears to be more about creating an enemy where none is warranted than working on solutions for the ailing district. Then again, that is why Gabriela Saucedo Mercer is running: she’s the candidate who will actually work on behalf of Southern Arizona’s working families!

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The discussion was not taken out of context at all. It's quite clear that she only briefly mentioned Asian immigrants before moving into a discussion of Middle-Eastern immigrants. If she truly meant that Asian immigrants also have "dark skin" and can "mix" with those from Central and South America, she has bigger issues with basic logic than she did when she pushed the notion that Middle-Eastern immigrants' only goal in life is to harm the United States.

 

These issues may not matter to some, but perhaps they should. The number of hate crimes against individuals of Middle-Eastern descent has skyrocketed in the past decade (http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrimes/arab-americans.html), and I certainly hold my nation and fellow citizens to a higher standard. While Ms. Mercer hasn't perpetrated any such crime herself, they are attitudes and words like her that enable and ennoble those who do.

 

As horrible as the economy may be, and I don't believe the country is headed in the right direction, there is no excuse for defending someone who pushes such baseless claims about immigrants, especially a group of immigrants for whom life has not been easy in America after 9/11. This is blind partisanship at its worst.

 

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The discussion was not taken out of context at all. It's quiet clear that she only briefly mentioned Asian immigrants before moving into a discussion of Middle-Eastern immigrants. If she truly meant that Asian immigrants also have "dark skin" and can "mix" with those from Central and South America, she has bigger logical problems than the notion that Middle-Eastern immigrants "soul purpose in life" is to harm the United States.