Out with the old and in with the new is a fitting motto as we approach the end of 2015. It will be remembered as a year to forget, but let’s not do so just yet. All too often, contributors to this publication have complained how Latinos have been ignored. We’re happy to say that’s not the case anymore. As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear, our ears have been burning.
This is due, in large part, to the inimitable Donald Trump. Literally from the moment he announced his candidacy, Trump has waged a verbal war against Latinos. He’s insulted us, our culture, our families, our language, our leaders, our journalists, the countries our parents came from, even our right to be citizens of this country. And adding incredulity to insult, he’s claimed all the while that Latinos love him, and will in fact vote for him next November.
One silver lining is that he’s provided us with tremendous material for our 2015 Cucaracha Awards. When Trump appeared on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert noted, “I’m not going to say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day.” In this regard, we’ve given Trump his very own recognition, the Trumpazo Award. But he’s not alone! Ann Coulter, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and others have all turned us into piñatas and therefore earned awards of their own.
Will 2016 be any better? Most likely not, since the stakes will continue to get higher and we approach the election. So let’s have a laugh while we still can, but remember who said what as we cast our votes.