Ted Cruz, who founded the Latino Law Journal as a student at Harvard, is being attacked for being insufficiently Hispanic/Latino by the media.
National Public Radio even called Cruz a “white Hispanic” today.
First time I ever heard NPR use the term "White Hispanic" was George Zimmerman. Second time today.
Never for Castro, who's white as snow.
— (((Popehat))) (@Popehat) March 23, 2015
There’s a political reason for minimizing Cruz’s Hispanic heritage. Cruz reportedly got 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2012 while Mitt Romney got only 25% of the Hispanic vote in Texas. If Cruz can get Latinos to vote for him based solely on his surname he’s a threat and he’ll win the presidency.
We decided to check all of the media reports before Ted Cruz was a U.S. Senator to see how the press referred to him. This way we’ll be able to see if they decide to change how they view him racially.
- “Joel Shin, Bush’s foreign policy director, is Korean American. His domestic policy adviser, Ted Cruz, is Hispanic.” (William R. Macklin, “To Reach Minority Voters, GOP Still Has A Ways To Go,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 26, 2000)
- The Washington Post described Cruz as a “Cuban American” in February 1, 2001 article.
- Cruz was also identified as a “Hispanic” lawyer in a San Antonio Express-News story in July 13, 2009.
- Cruz was described as the son of a Cuban immigrant in The Houston Chronicle in May 20, 2007.
We’ll see if the media continues to call him Hispanic or invents another race category for him so as to signal that he’s fair game.
Cruz, based on Gotnews.com editor-in-chief Charles C. Johnson’s previous reporting, actually founded Harvard’s Latino Law Journal.
Although the left-wing press and Democratic former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson are busily trying to depict him as a fake Latino, Sen. Ted Cruz has long been involved with the Latino community. The Texas Republican, who won a Senate seat last November, helped found Harvard Law School’s Latino Law Review and worked with then-Gov. George W. Bush to reach out to Latinos in Texas.
The twenty-four-year-old Cruz — then going by “Rafael E. Cruz” — was listed as a “general editor” in the Latino Law Review’s inaugural issue in Fall 1994. The name appears to have been just his formal name. “Students knew him as ‘Ted,’” Alan Dershowitz, a professor of Cruz’s at Harvard, told me.
The progressive Review’s inaugural issue included articles on “the rebellious influence of Cesar Chavez” by Obama mentor and Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree; an analysis of the treatment of Latinos in the criminal justice system by Reynaldo Anaya Valencia; a discussion of court interpreters by Utah judge Lynn W. Davis; a review of federal sentencing guidelines by federal judge Jose A. Cabranes; and a student note on a “Latino communitarian response to gang violence.”
Cruz’s involvement with the Latino community continued after law school. As Bush’s domestic policy advisor, Cruz helped to develop the Bush 2000 campaign strategy of “just showing up” in Latino neighborhoods that Republicans had previously neglected as part of a voter turnout operation.
“What it comes down to,” Cruz told The New York Times, “is communicating the message that George W. Bush believes everyone is part of the American dream and the model is really the Texas experience.”
Despite that record, Cruz has been attacked by Democrats, such as former Gov. Bill Richardson, who criticized Cruz for not backing amnesty for illegal immigrants, many of whom are Latino.
“[Cruz] is anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform,” Richardson said on ABC’s “This Week” earlier this month. “I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic.”