"Operation Guacamole" is Name of San Diego Sheriff's Latino-Gang Sweep--Racist, or Not?

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Not the sheriffs in question, but you get the drift...
Last week, my colleague Dennis Romero wrote about a San Diego Sheriff's Department gang sweep titled "Operation Guacamole" and condemned it for its bigotry. The Sheriff's department, unsurprisingly, defended the move, saying the name was penned not because they were targeting a Latino gang but because it happened in Fallbrook, the avocado capital of the world.

I join Dennis in unequivocally calling bullshit.

"We can't imagine cops using the title 'Operation Fried Rice' to go after an Asian-American gang, or 'Operation Fried Chicken' to target an African-American one," Romero wrote. Not only that, the use of food slurs to demonize Mexicans has a long and sordid history, one I document in my book. And law enforcement in San Diego has been notoriously violent toward Mexicans, so much so that the region was known as "Klan Diego" for decades--it ain't a coincidence that Pete Wilson, the notorious California governor, was San Diego's former mayor.

But, of course, the majority of people won't think anything of "Operation Guacamole," thinking the title funny, cholos unsympathetic, and Dennis and I PC wimps for finding offense at this. And to them, I think Dennis will join me in telling ustedes: know your history, son!

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Alex Chavira
Alex Chavira

I have more issue with asian american and african american..

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Good job trivializing real racism by being the word police. Good job smearing an entire county with "Klan Diego" (in the typical weasel words of yellow journalists: "some people say").


How about they call it "Operation Round Up Latino Criminal Gangsters"? Call it what it is. Is that racist? Or do you find "guacamole" more racist than "Latino" because you think you are sniffing out the hairy hidden hand of the white man? This paper continually smears and stereotypes white people and their food preferences. It has a looong history of poking gabachos. Know your history. 


A lot of these San Diego SD officers are latino anyway. This complaint sounds a lot like the blacks of LA complaining that the LAPD is racist when black officers arrest black gangsters and bring them to black jailers and defend them with black lawyers. But hey, black people were arrested, so, RACISM!, and all those black PD's are uncle tom's slaving for the white man or something.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Hmm...would they have called a sting on prostitution Operation Pussy Patrol? I doubt it.

Victor Perrin
Victor Perrin

They should have called it Operation Beaner.

jimmart32
jimmart32

Klan racist using derogatory comments showing their redneck  Neandertalness.

Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

Why don't we make a Commercial about white people for Cracker Barrel.

Byzantine Templar
Byzantine Templar

Racist?Oh! hell no! this is funny!especially before superbowl when most of guacamole is eaten.For those that find it racist,like corporations,get over it!

Mike Zannitto
Mike Zannitto

In the new PC world it is, but in my world, nope, not one bit...Call it what it is.....Scoop and round em all up......And be safe out there....

penfuarts
penfuarts

I just had an email exchange with the editors of this Magazine, and one of them said, "It's sad a Mexican knows better english than you." - Uhmm, which is kind of RACIST and STUPID because I am mexican myself, but he didn't know that, did he? The editors are RACE focused. I think they do a great job on the magazine, and are excellent writers, but they need to drop their fucking "Racist" mentallity; they are just projecting on everyone else. His name was Arrellano.

save2evas
save2evas

Would be better if the Highway Patrol were doing the investigation. Then you'd have CHPs & Guacamole! I know, that was cheesy....

WhiteyAlmighty
WhiteyAlmighty

Not racist. This taking place in Fallbrook is all the justification we need. If an Asian gang was being staked out at a fried rice restaurant, then the name you suggested would be fitting. Same goes if there wasa bust in a soul food restaurant. Stop being so sensitive.

Al Luna
Al Luna

It's pronounced, CACA MOLE. Gang Bangers are nothing more than CACA!!!

Paul David
Paul David

better yet......Operation Wet b@ck

ma305
ma305

So rather than focus on the results of the sweep, we focus on the name.  Sad.

Does anyone know how many people were caught in the sweep we can rename Operation: Lets be completely PC as not to offend? (Or "Operation: Lets clean the scum infecting our streets" to be ethnicly neutral.)

I am sure Operation: Boiled Potato, a sweep for Irish gang members or Operation: TEA to get those crazy, conservative, Caucasian gang members would result in far fewer results.   

Slightly bored with those who go out of their way to seek things to be offended at, but then I am sure the reply to my comment will be some useless tirade saying how racist I am.  

Randy Aguilar
Randy Aguilar

It just amazes me. That racism is still thriving..in this day and age. People of different cultures are scared to even approach another person that are different from one another. If I remember correctly isnt the border like minutes away from SD?? And yet the Anglo Saxon still think that this city of SD is theirs for the taking.. just digusted and sad at the same time.. smh!

Rosie Ramirez
Rosie Ramirez

Not surprising by who the sheriff for SD county.

Diana Silva
Diana Silva

Lol the funniest operation name ever

Gladys Perez
Gladys Perez

this is funny i dont get why ppl take it to heart or see it being racist

Veronica Warwick Day
Veronica Warwick Day

not a good choice :( especially because I really like Guacamole but am not so keen on the gang bangers :-/

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

"The OC Register called. They want their reader back" -OC Weakly

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Love it! I'd like it more if it was called "Operation Take Out the Garbage", but "Operation Guacamole" is good, too.

Gabriel Torres
Gabriel Torres

First off Fuck the cops. Second Don't get butthurt, instead laugh at them harder for trying to be cute and soon to be removed from power ACROSS THE COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH THE POLICE

Bill Essex
Bill Essex

What if it were Operation Fried Chicken or Collard Greens? Yeah, I say it's racist.

penfuarts
penfuarts

Too bad, this newspaper looks promising but I gues we need racially charged propaganda before we can get into the arts and culture. Too bad indeed.

penfuarts
penfuarts

@matthew305 Ask the editor. The claimed that it was "Sad a Mexican knows english better than me." - Why's it sad, he is projecting his own racial insecurities on me? What he didn't know is, I am mexican myself! This dude is the most Racially sensitive, Race card dropping writer I've ever seen.

If this is a sign of the PC inducted college degrees set loose on the Media, than we have distorted reality here. As someone with latino heritage, I'm confused on the fixation with defending the "Honor of the Mexican." when it was simply a question of Logic.

I can tell you this though, it's the last time I'm picking up this peice of crap Newspaper. It's sad that a great venue with assorted talent and creativity is being eaten away by cancerous "Jail mentallity"

fc2479
fc2479 topcommenter

Arpaio is the man....

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