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Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

By DOUG THOMPSON
October 19, 2010

Sharron Angle: The mouth that roared (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Republican Sharron Angle, the off-the-wall candidate who wants to be the new Senator from Nevada, thinks some Hispanics look like Asians and she’s willing to say so publicly.

Angle, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shocked a group of Hispanic high school students last week when she said “some of you look a little more Asian to me.”

Angle’s off-fhe-cuff remark is the latest “oh my God” comment from the tea party candidate.

“You know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino,” Angle told the students. “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.”

Her comments brought gasps from the students, many of them upset at Angle’s TV commercials that use images of dark skinned men with an anti-immigrant message.

Not so, Angle claimed. The students, she said, were simply “misinterpreting” the ads.

“I’m not sure that those are Latinos in the commercials,” she claimed.

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4 Responses to Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

  1. Clay Boggess

    October 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Who cares who was in the commercial? This story is being blown way out of proportion. Name me one person who didn’t say something and intended it to mean something else and wished that perhaps they could rephrase it if given a second chance. Unfortunately race is on the political hot seat and people will do whatever they can to exploit it in order to give their candidate the edge. Let’s stop the racial bickering and get on with the issues at hand.

  2. Bill

    October 20, 2010 at 6:08 am

    So what? I am over sixty years old and people have been telling me “You don’t look …” or,
    “I thought you were…” or,
    “You look …” or
    “Wow, you are so big” (got that one at a nudist camp, …I can dream, right?)

    One thing nobody said was that they thought I was Asian/Oriental. I live in Vietnam but when I tell people IN VIETNAMESE that I am Vietnamese, they look at me very strangely. Then I tell them I am a Sumo Wrestler and they find that a little more credible. Then I tell them I am a descendant of Cossacks from the Steppes (True!) and they want to see the horse I ride.

    Point is that who gives a shit? Everybody looks like something and that is usually in the mind of the observer. Ask what an American (I AM an American, natural born) looks like and I’ll take you to a swearing in ceremony for new citizens and let you tell ME what an American looks like, or for that matter, an Israeli. Both come from everywhere, and some are Hispanic, some Asian, some African–white, black, or brown. We are a homogeneous nation and that is what makes us so strong and wonderful and interesting.

    I know this woman is an idiot, but it isn’t because she is confused about someone’s ethnic heritage. Good grief, look at what she can offer (Agreed, not very much of any value) and judge her on THAT basis. We have a President who has one parent that is a negro and one who is a caucasian. So what? Is he black on one side and pink on the other? No, he’s a coffee colored blend and what is most important is that he is a very smart Harvard Graduate. That’s someone I want at the head of my country, not some twit from Yale who got in and stayed in because his daddy had money and clout.

    We are Americans, and the only pure blooded Americans are Mohawk, Ute, Apache, Sioux, Hopi, Nez Pierce, and other tribal Native Americans, AKA Indians. We’re all different and that is what’s interesting about us. Get used to it. It is a good thing, not bad.

  3. Carl Nemo

    October 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Good thoughts Bill concerning this “tempest in a teapot”.

    Angle’s comment concerning Hispanics looking somewhat Asian isn’t off the mark when it comes to analyzing land migrations of people to North America nominally 14,000 years ago. That’s why native Americans, eskimo peoples and even Hispanic peoples of Mexico, Central and South America have Asian features. The migrations took place across the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska when sea levels were much lower due to water being entrapped in the glaciation of the period. The climate was far drier too at the time. Caucasions are virtually “Johnny come lately’s” to North America and started to occur enmasse post Columbus and the incursion of Spaniards into Mexico and South America proper. I suspect Ms. Angle doesn’t have a clue concerning the migration of human populations and as to why people look different than white’s on the North and South American land masses.

    Of course any modern era Asians used in the referenced TV commercial would have made it here via air and not trudging across a land bridge clothed in animal skins armed with stone edged weapons. : O )

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Almandine

    October 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Better to keep your mouth shut and let people only think you’re a fool…