Saturday, September 20, 2008

Divide-and-Conquer-style-Racism dept. (UPDATED BELOW)

This certainly makes the ruling classes happy: the Republican Party chair of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, on why Hispanics shouldn't vote for Obama:
"The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors," he said. "African-Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won't vote for a black president."

His name is Fernando C'de Baca. The Republican Party web page is here.

Who, in this day and age, says something so mindlessly insensitive and stupid? As the race continues to be tight, look for more and more blatant examples of this kind of thinking and talk. Look for whites explaining why it's okay to feel uneasy about Obama's blackness, and look for other identity groups to trade solidarity for hierarchy in the service of Republicans. Don't look for Democrats to have unapologetic and coherent strategies to deal with it, either. We saw many of those Democrats' true colors in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

[UPDATE: C'DE'BACA APOLOGIZES, SAYS HE WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT, AND I GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT--SEE ABOVE!]

1 comment:

Renegade Eye said...

I'd like to see him say that to Cynthia McKinny.

I have at my blog, a video interview with Rosa Clemente, done by a comrade of mine, during the RNC. Rosa might go to school in Minneapolis. If she does, that would help things politically in MN.

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