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Lazy, government-dependent Latinos

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Eat it, Ms. Coulter:

“Latinos are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to apply for unemployment insurance benefits or to receive them once they apply, according to the study published in the Monthly Labor Review and publicized in a briefing by the National Employment Law Project.

Based on the 2005 supplement of the Current Population Survey of 60,000 households, the study by Alix Gould-Werth and Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan found that only 34 percent of Latinos applied for unemployment benefits, compared to 49.5 percent of non-hispanic whites. Of those who applied, 56.8 percent of Hispanic applicants received benefits, versus 70.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

Latinos were more likely than non-Hispanic whites to say they didn’t know they were eligible for benefits or that they didn’t know how to apply. Some 5.1 percent of Hispanic immigrants cited language as a barrier to apply for unemployment benefits — a nearly non-existent problem for non-Hispanic whites and Hispanic citizens, according to the study.”

This recent bit of news tells Latinos something they already know to be true about themselves, that they’re a proud and hardworking people who would rather ask for overtime hours or work a second job than rely on government assistance.

So Ms. Coulter and Bill O’Reilly can say whatever they want about Latinos. Conservatives — including conservative Latinos — can continue telling themselves that Obama received a record percentage of the Latino vote simply because Latinos are lazy leeches who only want a big government that buries them in handouts.

Latinos, meanwhile, will continue to do what they do, work hard and live proud.

About Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.

Hector Luis Alamo, Jr., is the associate editor at Being Latino and a native son of Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. He received a B.A. in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States. While at UIC, he worked first as a staff writer for the Chicago Flame and later became the newspaper's Opinions editor. He contributes to various Chicago-area publications, most notably, the RedEye and Gozamos. He's also a cultural critic for 'LLERO magazine. He has maintained a personal blog since 2007,, where he discusses topics ranging from political history and philosophy to culture and music.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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