Bud Kennedy

July 5, 2014

On child-bashing GOP delegates’ Facebook page, it’s about racial superiority

Border hawks fear Central American children because they’re “bronze.”

You know those people who say that they’re against allowing more immigrants but that “it’s not about race”?

Guess what?

It’s about race.

At least for those Texas Republican convention delegates who undermined their party’s former guest-worker platform, it really wasn’t about enforcement or reducing immigration.

No, if you read the “Protect” delegates’ convention Facebook page, they reprinted this Thursday from a California restrictionist group protesting at Murrieta, Calif.:

“Americans are not breeding while ‘the bronze master race is.’ … We will die out and they will win.”

There you have it. A major Texas Republican faction that just successfully rewrote the platform is publishing warnings about Central American child detainees arriving as part of an “agenda” for a “bronze master race.”

It’s not about legal or illegal.

It’s about bronze.

The Protect page has 932 followers, including several Tarrant County Republican precinct chairs and party officers. It does not identify an author, editor or administrator.

One of the page’s frequent posters is also identified in an online profile as a Dallas member of the John Birch Society, the radical 1960s organization that fears all kinds of worldwide communist conspiracies, including a supposed U.S. plot to subvert borders and operate as a North American Union.

I’m not sure exactly how that fits with The Great Bronze Takeover.

But I know that by midday Saturday, not one of the page’s followers — almost all Republican delegates from the state convention two weeks ago in Fort Worth — had objected or disagreed.

Look, we might debate how to enforce borders, how to manage child detainees and whether to eventually keep others who came unlawfully but now live, work and pay taxes here peacefully and commendably.

But preaching racial hatred against children does not belong in the Republican Party, Texas or America.

For one thing, there’s this little matter of Texas’ 6 million native-born Hispanic residents, some from Tejano families here centuries before Anglos.

The Protect group is “clearly showing their true colors,” wrote Mayor Art Martinez de Vara of the San Antonio suburb of Von Ormy, responding by email. He is a member of the platform committee that was undermined on the convention floor.

They are “not anything I support or want to be associated with,” he wrote.

The same page also continues to bash the children as dirty or diseased.

(So far, authorities report lice, a few cases of chickenpox and an old flu strain. About like any group of children.)

By email, Dallas Democrat and former state Rep. Domingo García called the “bronze” comment “fearmongering and scapegoating against children and fellow Christians.”

“They should be ashamed of themselves,” he wrote.

Arlington Republican and Texas House candidate Tony Tinderholt, an immigration enforcement advocate who joined a former Texas Minutemen unit for a volunteer crime-watch weekend along the border, called the Facebook comment “absurd.”

“I don’t think there’s any indication of a scheme,” he wrote, although he went on to argue that each state should protect “their people and way of life.”

(But he didn’t say whose way of life.)

The same Facebook page is agitating for Dallas, Grand Prairie and Arlington residents to protest if some detainees are brought here for temporary housing.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has identified three possible sites there for temporary housing at federal expense, one of them a vacant Grand Prairie alternative school.

In Fort Worth, Catholic Charities has given temporary shelter to about 200 children and is expanding its space from 16 beds to 32.

Katelin Cortney, a spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, declined comment about any protest.

But 130 residents showed up at the door last week.

They came to help mentor and play with the children during the short time they’re here.

That sounds more like Texas and America.

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