New Mexico FBIHOP: Damaging Audio of C. de Baca Emerges

New Mexico FBIHOP (9/23/08)

Damaging Audio of C. de Baca Emerges

While the full audio of Fernando C de Baca speaking to a BBC Reporter at the State Fair last week may never emerge, some damaging audio from a BBC interview has been broadcast on KSFR-FM, a Santa Fe radio station.Southern New Mexico blogger Heath Haussamen was the first with the audio, which you can hear to the right.

Here is what C de Baca said in the KSFR audio:

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.

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective: GOP Wants C de Baca To Resign; Will He Go Quietly?

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective (9/23/08)

GOP Wants C de Baca To Resign; Will He Go Quietly?

OK, this story isn’t going away and is, in fact, gaining more and more momentum as the days go on and Fernando C. de Baca refuses to talk to anyone about his horrible comments to a BBC reporter.

And the state Republican Party is noticing. The Albuquerque Journal reported:

Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., joined state Republican Party Chairman Allen Weh and others in the GOP in asking C de Baca to step down.”Fernando C de Baca should resign,” Domenici said in a Journal telephone interview early Monday evening after he tried to reach C de Baca for an explanation.

“The Republican Party cannot let a high-ranking official remain in an active position having made this kind of statement,” Domenici said. “It’s a wrong statement to make. That’s not what Republicans believe.”

Weh also was unyielding. “There’s an overwhelming consensus in the Republican Party at large that he should step aside,” he said. “It has become … an unfair distraction to every issue that should be focused on in this election.”

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective: BBC Reporter Defends His Reporting

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective (9/23/08)

BBC Reporter Defends His Reporting

Jon Kelly is standing by the controversial quote which has landed Fernando C. de Baca in hot water. Kelly wrote this:

“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.”

C. de Baca pushed back, saying he was quoted out of context by the BBC reporter in an interview with Peter St. Cyr.The BBC has issued a statement from Patricia Lodge, the International Communications Manager of BBC Global News.

“Jon Kelly accurately reported what Fernando C. de Baca said to him about Hispanic perceptions towards African Americans. The BBC has not received any complaints about the report from Mr de Baca or the Republican Party.”

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective: C. de Baca Explains His Comments to Local Blogger

New Mexico Politics From the Local Perspective (9/22/08)

C. de Baca Explains His Comments to Local Blogger

Suddenly embattled Bernalillo County GOP chairman Fernando C. de Baca finally broke his silence and spoke to Peter St. Cyr of What’s the Word. St. Cyr’s blog is becoming a must-read for people interested in New Mexico politics.

C. de Baca told St. Cyr in a phone interview, “It’s truly unfortunate. I was asked by one of the bloggers to help him understand the history of New Mexico, visa via Hispanics, and how they interacted with the Native Americans, and Blacks, you know African Americans.” The blogger he was referring to is a BBC reporter who was at the New Mexico State Fair.

I have to say, everyone I spoke to could not believe the comments that C. de Baca made. No one could think of a possible interpretation where the comments were not racist.

The thing is, I can see that I can see C. de Baca’s side of the argument. Anyone who has attempted to explain the oddness of New Mexico’s Hispanics to others (the Norteños as some call them) knows it. And with the way the BBC writer portrayed it, it was looked like those were C. de Baca’s personal views.

FOXNews: Are Hispanics next to notice the elephant in the room?

FOXNews (9/20/08)

Are Hispanics next to notice the elephant in the room?

The specter of a presidential election influenced by racial misgivings is prompting debate in the political arena, as analysts examine whether voter prejudices will diminish Barack Obama’s chances of becoming the first black president.

A new AP-Yahoo News poll suggests that racial attitudes could still threaten Obama, and he and his supporters have raised the issue on the campaign trail in recent weeks. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday suggested the race was so close because Obama is black.

New Mexico Politics: Republicans Rush to Denounce C’ de Baca’s Racially Tinged Statements (Updated)

New Mexico Politics (9/20/08)

Republicans Rush to Denounce C’ de Baca’s Racially Tinged Statements (Updated)

Members of the Republican Party are rushing to denounce the statements of Fernando C’ de Baca about Hispanics “won’t vote for a black president” and basically saying Hispanics are racist because the Spanish came here as conquerors while blacks came here as slaves.

RaceWire: CNN Coverage of DNC=the brown and Black people are fighting!


CNN Coverage of DNC=The brown and Black people are fighting!

In taking on the Hillary story from a Latino angle, CNN en Español actually created a new story: brown people aren’t down for the Black candidate. It’s an old story but one that media makers seem to love: the brown and Black people are fighting!