I enjoy seeing popular entertainment take a stand against injustice.
Last week, Robert Rodriguez released a mock trailer for his upcoming “Mexploitation” film, Machete, and aimed it directly at the home state of SB1070.
One thing that popped out at me was the Jessica Alba line near the end:
“We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.”
It also struck a chord with a lot of Spanish-language media. And that was perhaps because it sounded like a line from a 2001 Los Tigeres Del Norte song, “Somos Mas Americanos“.
“Yo no cruce la frontera, la frontera me cruzó”
Here are the translated lyrics to the song.
Of course, me…I immediatley thought of the Malcolm X line:
“We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, the rock was landed on us.”
You can see it below. As you do, think of what’s going on in Arizona, and the plight of poor people who go there for work, for better opportunities; and then think about what SB1070 is trying to do. Reminds you a little of Jim Crow. Doesn’t it?
Here’s the Denzel version (starts at 07:18-07:32)
Shouts to Cypress Hill for cancelling their May 21 show in Tuscon in protest.