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NPR and ‘Gringo’



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There are lots of things to say about one Daisy Hernandez’s inane NPR remarks about the Tucson shootings, and her repugnant efforts to tie the tragedy to her own immigration agenda.  But I was struck by her nonchalant use of “gringo” to describe supposed white people. I had assumed that one cardinal rule of all discussion of immigration was that one did not stoop to employ racially offensive terminology. That Hernandez freely used “gringo,” and was not reprimanded by NPR, is another reflection why so many, in the post–Juan Williams era, think the time has come for NPR to stand on its own, without taxpayer support, when it wishes to air this sort of sloppy commentary.



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