Newsweek: The Moderate Voice: Obama: A Negro Gringo (Or a Gringo Negro)? – Semana of Colombia

Newsweek: The Moderate Voice

Obama: A Negro Gringo (Or a Gringo Negro)? – Semana of Colombia

How did Obama get where he is? There has been a debate in this country about whether Obama’s skin color is an asset or a detriment to his evident success. But in Latin America – there is a twist to this dialogue – and that is – given Obama’s skin color, can he still be considered, as they say down south, a gringo’ – which is another way of calling someone an invader from the north – or more of a Negro – which in Colombia simply means Black and traditionally refers to someone excluded from the power structure. For Colombia’s Semana newspaper, Antonio Caballero opens his examination of this sensitive subject this way: I know well that one shouldn’t say gringo’ or Negro’: these are two politically incorrect words.


USA Today: GOP official removed for racial remarks

USA Today (9/28/08)

GOP official removed for racial remarks

Didi Lima, the Clark County GOP communications director, also was removed from her volunteer role as a Hispanic community liaison for Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign over the remarks made earlier in the day while working at a McCain campaign booth.

“We don’t want (Hispanics) to become the new African-American community,” Lima told The Associated Press. “And that’s what the Democratic Party is going to do to them, create more programs and give them handouts, food stamps and checks for this and checks for that. We don’t want that.”

“I’m very much afraid that the Democratic Party is going to do the same thing that they did with the African-American culture and make them all dependent on the government and we don’t want that,” she said.

In August, Lima was named co-chair of McCain’s Nevada Hispanic Leadership Team, which aimed to reach out to a crucial voting bloc in a state where polls show McCain in a dead heat with Barack Obama.

Lima is the second Republican Party official to land in hot water this week over comments perceived as inflaming tensions between blacks and Hispanics.

The chairman of the Republican Party in New Mexico’s most populous county resigned Thursday, nearly a week after saying “Hispanics consider themselves above blacks” and won’t vote for Obama.

New Mexico FBIHOP: BREAKING: C. de Baca Resigns

New Mexico FBIHOP (9/25/08)

BREAKING: C. de Baca Resigns

Fernando C. de Baca, the embattled Bernalillo County Republican Party Chairman, has resigned according to Peter St. Cyr of 770-KKOB and What’s the Word.

From his blog:

Embattled Bernalillo County Chairman Fernando C. De Baca has resigned. Nearly a week after making controversial remarks to a BBC reporter at the NM State Fair, the 70-year-old former White House staffer has decided to step aside.
[…]
Sources tells 770 KKOB Bernalillo County Party Treasurer Ryan Cangiolosi will take over as chariman [sic].

He compounded his error with audio from another BBC interview which aired on Santa Fe’s KSFR-FM station:

I feel strongly that Hispanics will not support, in my generation and the generation around my age, are not going to support the Democratic candidate for president primarily because there is a strong feeling that African Americans during the civil rights movement took advantage, full advantage, of all the benefits and programs that the government offered, that were supposed to be offered to all minorities. But we were left behind, we were left sucking air, and we resented that ever since the 60s, and I don’t see how a black president is going to change that.

HipHopRepublican: Jason Riley Assails Myths of Immigration

HipHopRepublican (9/25/08)

Jason Riley Assails Myths of Immigration

In a provocative new book, Jason Riley makes the case for welcoming more legal immigrants to the United States. Drawing on history, scholarly studies and first-hand reporting, Riley argues that today’s newcomers are fueling America’s prosperity and dynamism. He challenges the prevailing views on talk radio and cable TV that immigrants are overpopulating the country, stealing jobs, depressing wages, bankrupting social services, filling prisons, resisting assimilation and promoting big government.

New Mexico FBIHOP: C. de Baca Defends His Remarks on Morning Talk Show

New Mexico FBIHOP (9/25/08)

C. de Baca Defends His Remarks on Morning Talk Show

So Fernando C, de Baca (note to out of towners: his last name is C. de Baca not just de Baca) is still refusing to resign; word is tomorrow Steve Pearce will go to make his case for C. de Baca to tell him to resign.

Listen to it at What’s the Word. Do you believe C. de Baca’s responses and excuses?

PrezVid: McCain Video: “Where is Obama?”

PrezVid (9/24/08)

McCain Video: “Where is Obama?”

The McCain campaign talks to Latinos in Chicago about Barack Obama. Surprise! The folks they interview say Obama has done nada for their community. Don’t you love identity politics?

New Mexico FBIHOP: BREAKING: C de Baca Retains Post as County Chair (Updated x2)

New Mexico FBIHOP: BREAKING (9/23/08)

C de Baca Retains Post as County Chair (Updated x2)

As soon as I finished my last post on the increasingly tangled and convoluted Fernando C de Baca mess, I saw this tweet from Peter St. Cyr:

Breaking News: Bernalillo County Executive Board gives C. de Baca vote of confidence. Chairman retains leadership post. Audio to follow.

St. Cyr will have the audio up at his blog soon.How was this guy not relieved of his position? Unless they have agreed to let him resign on his own terms…