February 21st, 2012
02:20 PM ET

Opinion: Does 'secure the border' mean 'keep America white'?

Editor's note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist. He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com and the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism. Watch him on Tuesdays on CNN Newsroom, 9 am ET hour.

By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor

Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) - In case you plan to see Wednesday's GOP debate, allow me to offer up some crib notes so you don't get lost.

First, when you hear the candidates talk about "job creators," that's just another way of saying "rich people" or "the guy bankrolling my super Pac."

When someone says "family values," that's to remind the audience that they don't like gay people; "religious freedom" means "Christianity"; and it's not really a GOP debate until a candidate attacks the "liberal media" for asking questions they're too afraid to answer.

Now there will be plenty of other buzz words and euphemisms that will be tossed around during the debate, but since it is being held in Arizona, chances are the most popular phrase will be "secure the border."

We must secure the border.

Read LZ Granderson's full column

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  1. AMERICA 1st

    Keeping the USA white would be great!

    February 22, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    everyone is going to use the race card till it is meaningless and when you have a valid issue noone will listen.secure the border and save the race card for the real issues such as my black friend who was falsely convicted of murder because of a cheewee haircut a racist sherriff and a lieing crackhead.google cheewee haircut and you will find a valid reason to use your race card.illegal criminal immigrants is not a valid race card issue and you are doing a disservice to yourself pulling the race card on such a bogus issue.

    February 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |