“Mexicans are a rabble of illiterate Indians.” (Ernesto “Che” Guevara, May 1956)
Singer-actress Maria Conchita Alonso, a multiple Grammy nominee, was scheduled to star in a Spanish-language production of The Vagina Monologues next month in San Francisco’s Brava Theatre. Then she starred in a video ad for California Assemblyman and gubernatorial hopeful Tom Donnelly, a Tea-Party Republican who calls for enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.
Only the torches and pitchforks were missing from the outraged mobs of San Francisco’s “Latinos” who (verbally) set upon Ms Alonso during a subsequent radio show. The woman could hardly get a word in edgewise. Callers insulted her relentlessly. “I’ve been called all these horrible names, like you can’t believe.” Alonso told Megyn Kelly. “They were saying they were going to burn down the theater, they were going to boycott (the show.)”
The hipster area’s “Latino” politico-cultural establishment joined the chorus, if slightly more decorously.
"We don't act like that,” snapped Jim Salinas, former president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club. “First of all, that is not a typical Latina."
“We really can’t have her in the (Brava theatre production of The Vagina Monologues) show, unfortunately,” said the show’s producer Eliana Lopez, who also happens to be wife of San Francisco Sheriff Mirkarimi. “Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the (heavily Hispanic) Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe.”
So Alonso “resigned” from the show. Naturally Alonso and Donnelly were denounced as “racists!” Naturally no amount of proof otherwise stemmed the torrent of insults. "If I am a racist, I'm not a very good one," Donnelly clarified on CNN en Español. "I must have gone to the wrong school where you learn how to be a racist because I married a woman with dark skin. As a matter of fact, her skin's darker than Maria Cochiti’s."
"Tim is married to a Filipina,” Alonso explained. “His daughter-in-law is Mexican. He is not a racist and neither am I, as we are now being accused." “He (Donnelly) is anti-undocumented immigrant,” she explained to Fox News Latino. “It’s different than being anti-immigrant, which he is not. We have a right to protect our borders. Tim knows there are many good Latinos out there. He respects them because they don’t beg, they go out looking for work.”
No liberal or “Latino leader” bothered to listen. In sum, the “racist” Alonso will not appear in Brava’s Vagina Monologues.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.