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!

RaceWire:

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!