Classic Latin Songs Labeled as Insensitive

Preemptive Federal Administrative Ruling

[AP-BHO Newswire] In a move sure to be controversial, especially across South Florida’s Latin communities, a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division ruling has issued a list of songs which have been deemed insufficiently deferential to the nation’s first African-American president. Most prominent among the banned songs is ‘Mami, que sera lo que quiere el negro.’ The song has long been a staple of Latin music. Whenever it or Caballo Viejo is played at weddings or interminable house parties, it serves as a clarion call for all to head to the dance floor. Even the rhythmically-challenged enjoy the song because the crowded dance floor it inevitably generates is seen as a great eraser of missteps and outright kicks [don’t ask me how I know this].

In total, there were 374 songs banned along with a brief description of why the ban was deemed necessary. The ruling ran over 700 pages long. The banned list was the product of a diverse committee whose 83 members included Prince, Jane Fonda, 50 Cent(s), a grandmother member of the Mexican Zapatista guerrilla movement, former The View host Star Jones and Alan Alda.

Explanations given for the banned songs:

  • Mami, que sera lo que quiere el negro [Mother, what could that black man want] – The committee felt that the lyrics would serve as a constant reminder of Obama’s race and foster unnecessary distrust. Committee Chairmen Eric Holder, noted that ‘this special period requires special measures.’
  • Caballo Viejo [Old Horse] – The use of the horse imagery as a psychosexual symbol of a sexually agressive black male preying upon supposedly unwilling Caucasian women represents an ugly period in American history. The Obama administration is committed to change in this area particularly.

About Jorge Costales

- Cuban Exile [veni] - Raised in Miami [vidi] - American Citizen [vici]
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