Monday, May 3, 2010

Equal Time

Every time a bunch of angry middle-aged white people show up in tricorn hats with misspelled signs and pictures of President Obama as Hitler, it gets live coverage on cable TV. And because my internet was out most of the weekend, I watched a lot of cable TV. But I didn’t see much about this little tidbit of news.

Angered by a controversial Arizona immigration law, tens of thousands of protesters — including 50,000 alone in Los Angeles — rallied in cities nationwide demanding President Barack Obama tackle immigration reform immediately.

“I want to thank the governor of Arizona because she’s awakened a sleeping giant,” said labor organizer John Delgado who attended a rally in New York where authorities estimated 6,500 gathered.


Estimates vary, but there were reports of crowds of 50,000 in Los Angeles, 10,000 in Chicago, 25,000 in Dallas, and thousands more in D.C., San Francisco, Milwaukee, and elsewhere. Organizers said there were events in more than 70 locations nationwide.

I realize it was hard to pull away from the latest news about Larry King’s divorce or the live Sunday morning wrap-up of the White House Correspondents Dinner.