A New York Times opinion writer proposed a new replacement theory. In the unfounded conspiracy theory, Hispanic Americans could replace white Americans in terms of engaging in campaigns of “anti-black racism.” According to the New York Times article, Hispanic Americans would be the new face of white supremacy – but it would be deemed “lite supremacy.”
New York Times opinion columnist Charles M. Blow wrote an article claiming that Hispanic Americans could soon be the main proprietors of anti-black racism. Blow’s conspiracy theory is based on an incident that occurred last year in Los Angeles.
Last week, a secret recording from October 2021 between three Los Angeles city council members – all of whom are Democrats – and a labor union leader was leaked online. They are accused of making racist comments during a meeting about redistricting held at a labor federation office. The four individuals involved in the scandal are Latino, and they are Los Angeles County Federation of Labor president Ron Herrera and L.A. councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León, and Gil Cedillo
The New York Post reported, “The officials were discussing how to maintain political power in the city’s Latino communities when Martinez reportedly called the black son of white colleague Mike Bonin a ‘little monkey’ in Spanish and referred to her fellow Democrat — who is gay — as a ‘little b***h,” while offering to give his adopted son a ‘beatdown.'”
The Los Angeles Times reported, “Martinez also mocked Oaxacans and said ‘F*** that guy … He’s with the blacks’ while speaking about Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón.”
“‘I see a lot of little short dark people,’ Martinez said of that section of Koreatown, employing stereotypes long used against Oaxacans in Mexico and in the United States,” the outlet added.
Herrera and Martinez resigned, but León and Cedillo have retained their positions on the Los Angles city council.
The New York Times opinion writer claimed that the incident was indicative of a future where Hispanic Americans could engage in white supremacy.
Blow began, “I have a theory about the future of America that I don’t want to come true.”
“It is a theory that worries me and that I have written about: that with the browning of America, white supremacy could simply be replaced by — or buffeted by — a form of ‘lite’ supremacy, in which fairer-skin people perpetuate a modified anti-blackness rather than eliminating it,” Blow penned in the New York Times.
Blow accused the Los Angeles councilmembers embroiled in the scandal of “doing the work of white supremacy.”
“Intra-minority racism is complex in some ways, but simple in others,” Blow conjectured.
“Racism is perpetuated by those who benefit from it,” he continued. “Anti-black racism benefits those whose appearances are least black. White supremacy benefits those who are white, or those who are white-adjacent in both appearance, culture and affect.”
Blow conceded, “The unfortunate reality is that anti-black white supremacy is not confined to white people or to Republicans, even though they court it and coddle it.”
The official New York Times Opinion Twitter account shared Blow’s article.
Twitter reactions lampooned the New York Times piece.
Columnist Cory Morgan: “Good lord the race hustlers are really starting to stretch.”
Conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter: “Remember, it’s important to manufacture racial strife to keep these useless pieces of s**t on the grift. Your response is to tell them to go to hell and mock them when you aren’t ignoring them.”
Anarchist author Michael Malice: “A reminder that they don’t believe what they say even as they say it, it’s simply whatever weapon they can use at the moment to maintain their dominance and control.”
Editor Kelly Sadler: “Hispanic white supremacists? Wtf is this garbage article?”
Journalist Mike Opelka: “How are these people not laughed out of the journalism business?”
Democratic socialist Bhaskar Sunkara: “Is there really a market for writing like this? Or are editors just confused?”
Researcher Oliver Jia: “Buzzfeed-tier articles like these are why people make fun of the New York Times.”
Columnist Karol Markowicz: “Charles Blow is among the least interesting, least talented, least persuasive and most racist writers in public life. That the New York Times gives him a perch to write crap like this is gross.”
Former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence Richard Grenell: “Dr. King would criticize Blow as a racist. It’s never about anything but the color of skin with this guy.”
Editor Brent Scher: “‘Oh you guys don’t want to be Latinx…fine, how about white supremacists???'”
Coincidentally in the past year, the New York Times has published numerous articles sounding the alarm that Latino voters are migrating to the Republican Party:
- A Vexing Question for Democrats: What Drives Latino Men to Republicans?
- How Much Are Latinos Shifting Right?
- How Immigration Politics Drives Some Hispanic Voters to the G.O.P. in Texas
- The Rise of the Conservative Latina
- Democrats Find Urgent New Reasons to Worry About Latino Voters
- While Democrats Debate ‘Latinx,’ Latinos Head to the G.O.P.
- Trump’s Latino Support Was More Widespread Than Thought, Report Finds
- Dozens of Candidates of Color Give House Republicans a Path to Diversity