RNC Puts, Then Pulls, Stock Photo of Asian Kids On Latino Outreach Website

I guess we “others” all just look alike.

Prominently featured on RNClatinos.com, the Republican National Committee’s new Latino voter outreach website, was a stock photo of Asian children, as Think Progress pointed out yesterday, June 14. The Shutterstock image was tagged with such terms as “asia, asian, cheeks, children, cool… future, gang,…interracial, japanese… , poor…. thailand, together, trendy,” but with no reference to Latino/a or Hispanic children.

As Think Progress observed, “the GOP has been making a concerted effort to reach out to Latino voters this election season — but, by any account, this particular effort was less than successful.” Raw Story was less reserved in its response to this latest gaffe (on top of those spelling errors), saying that the RNC has quite “flubbed” its efforts to reach out to Latinos and reviewing other ways Republicans, eagerly courting Latino voters, have displayed some astounding ignorance:

When Rick Santorum campaigned in Puerto Rico earlier this year, he dangled statehood for the island as a prize, but warned its citizens that first they would have to make English their “official language.” Mitt Romney discussed illegal immigration and urged people in this country illegally to “self-deport.”

Bettina Inclan, the coordinator for the RNC’s 2012 Latino outreach program, said that she “didn’t know” the GOP’s (much less Mitt Romney’s) position on immigration and would “have to get back” regarding what is undoubtedly an issue of huge concern for Latino voter. Indeed: The parents of more than a few of the students (and often the students themselves) at the urban Catholic college I teach at in New Jersey have emigrated from Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Mexico, Panama and elsewhere. Over the school year, many students find themselves missing class to translate for parents in interviews with immigration officials; some few students always disappear during the school year, after quietly mentioning that there are “problems” their parents are dealing with.

The RNC, informed of the error, has removed the photo. GOP spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski informed Talking Points Memo that “an outside vendor developed the site and it is being corrected immediately.” Yes, blame someone else to pass over the question of why, to some, any photo of dark-haired, darker-skinned children will stand in for “Latino.”

As of the writing of this post, going to RNClatinos.com talks you to a photo-less website, http://www.gop.com/unete/unete.htm, via which you can sign up to volunteer for the GOP. The words “Únete Republican National Committee” appear in the upper-left corner of the site, where the Shutterstock photo of Asian children once was placed.

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Glenda L.
Glenda L5 years ago


Dan B.
Dan Brook6 years ago

Etch-a-Sketch Rmoney Lyin' Ryan = of, by, and for the rich white men.

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, untrustworthy, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-health, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-birth control, anti-education, anti-student loans, anti-equal pay, anti-99%, pro-banks, pro-big corporations, pro-voter suppression, union busting, Medicare mashing and Social Security slashing, fiscally irresponsible, misleading, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, dishonest, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

Don't make a Mittstake. NEVER vote for Republicans!

Christian Robertson
Tina Robertson6 years ago

We have our own "Romney Clone" up here in Canada, unfortunately for us, he won the last election ( actually contested election) before most Canadians found out what he really stood for and is now our "idiot" Prime Minister until November 2015.

Don't do what we did or you will end up with the same problems we are now having, he wants to turn the clock back on women's rights, immigration status and laws and he is even selling off the "Canadian Tar Sands" to Communist China".......if you think you have problems now, wait until China is your next door neighbour to the north !!!

VOTE FOR OBAMA or suffer the consequences of lemmings

Robert Ludwig
Robert Ludwig6 years ago

Ooh! So close and yet so far. The gang that couldn't shoot straight still rides.

Monica K.
Monica K6 years ago

The elitist fascist Repugs can't tell an Asian from a Latino? Well that's no big surprise! They can't tell a woman from a "slut", an American from an illegal immigrant, the First Lady from a "terrorist", a dog from a piece of luggage or a picture of a child in a tub of polluted water from pornography. Why are they still controlling this country? Are there actually people who think they should be running things?

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B6 years ago


A N M.
anne M6 years ago

Shows ya what Romney and his TeaNazis are all about, doesn't it? A person must be a total idiot to vote for that gang.

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V6 years ago

There is stupid and then there is really stupid AND then there are the Republicans and the Tea Party that makes really STUPID look SMART!!!!

Lisa D'Ambrosio
Lisa D'Ambrosio6 years ago

This is TOO FUNNY ... old rich white men who can't tell the difference between and Asian & a Latino ... no wonder they don't have a clue! :-)

Shirley A.
Shirley A6 years ago

They can't even get their attempts at trying to fake a decent stand on immigration correct. As usual their ignorance of issues and persons other than who they see in the mirror have led them to SCREW UP AGAIN. How embarrasing to admit to being Republican now a days. Outright intentional lying, obvious and continual pandering without taking a definate stance on issues and faking It all the way trying to run the old "bait and switch" routine like they did in 2010. What is so irritating is they really think that by putting up a picture of anyone other than "white," it will convinence America that they are such a wonderfully accepting party that is all inclusive and so concerned with EVERY American's rights. So very pitifully deluded and manipulative considering they have shown their true colors for a long while now of hateful, self-righteous, "my way or the highway" stance on so many issues they are rabidly trying to push down everyone else's throats and continue to pursue daily that are only about their ploy for the power to make us ALL act and think like them, God forbid!! but Par for the current Republican course.