Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Here's What Paul Harvey's Farmers Really Look Like

Dodge had a questionable commercial set to an old Paul Harvey speech during the Super Bowl, depicting the heroic American Farmer.  Only one problem:  today's massive corporate farms have about as much to do with the mythical vaunted family farm as the migrant workers who provide all the labor.

Isaac Cubillos posted his version of the ad, similarly set to now-deceased right-wing radio personality Paul Harvey 1978 speech “So God Made a Farmer.” But instead of images of white male farmers, as featured in Sunday’s Dodge ad (riffed from an already existing YouTube video), but instead featured images of Latinos and Latinas.

Latino rights group Cuéntame also made a similar tribute to immigrant farmers, below.

A 2012 fact sheet released by the National Center for Farmworker Health, based on a Department of Labor survey, estimated that 72 percent of all farmworkers are foreign born. They also estimated that 22 percent of crop workers were female.

Picking your produce is one of the "jobs Americans won't do".  We leave that to immigrant seasonal workers paid less than minimum wage, under the table, with no benefits, and then we complain Latinos are all "lazy takers" who are there to score government money.

Funny how that works.

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