Daniel J. Chacón: Origins of racist poem explained

Origins of racist poem explained | On The Record | santafenewmexican.com – “I definitely come from a place of having my own cultural sensitivity issues growing up here as a mixed-race kid in Santa Fe,” Hall, 50, said Wednesday in an interview downtown. “My father never lived here, but when he was here back in the day, he was one of the only black people in Santa Fe. In the 70s, we stuck out like sore thumbs, me and my brother.” Hall, a single father of three, said he chimed in on The New Mexican’s Facebook page and engaged a man with a Hispanic surname who “got increasingly ignorant and increasingly racist.” To provoke a response and show how hurtful the meme likening U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to an orangutan was to black people, he said he posted a cartoon of a bean that said, “Bean here all my life.” The cartoon didn’t elicit the reaction he had hoped for to make his point, he said. “They didn’t really feel the sting,” Hall said. “I said, ‘I’ll take it to the next level’ — and that was sort of childish on my part — but I really felt that it was the shoe being put on the other foot.” Hall found what he called an “awful, despicable” poem about Mexicans and posted it on the Facebook thread.

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