I am posting this in response to the misinformation campaign being waged against the most qualified SC nominee in 100 years. Yes she is a latina and a damn proud one, but as you know she has been called every name in the book by the right wingers and now they are trying to paint her as an extremist because of her affiliation to "La Raza" a group that actually fights for human rights for all as it traces its origins to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
This is what loud mouth Tom Tancredo has said about the group:
"If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case... which is from my point of of view any way... nothing more than a ... Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that's going to convince me and a lot of other people that it's got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is "All for the race. Nothing for the rest." What does that tell you?"
Lets see how this group reacted to the death of Republican Icon and 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagans passing.
STATEMENT OF RAUL YZAGUIRRE, NCLR PRESIDENT, ON PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) extends its condolences to former First Lady Nancy Reagan, the Reagan family, and the millions of Americans who today are mourning the death of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. President Reagan’s boundless optimism and his unshakable faith in what this country is – and what it could be – resonated deeply with many in the Hispanic community. After all, Ronald Reagan was responsible for the first Hispanic Cabinet member in our nation’s history, when he appointed Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education in 1988.
Hispanics also appreciated that President Reagan’s vision of America as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all included immigrants, millions of whom he helped to become Americans. Not only did he sign the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) – which included two highly- controversial legalization programs – into law in 1986, his administration worked diligently to implement these programs.
It may not be widely known but the nation’s largest and most successful antipoverty program – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – was also created in tax reform legislation signed by President Reagan. After a subsequent major expansion successfully promoted by President Clinton, the credit is now worth more than $1,800 to the more than one-third of low-wage working Hispanic households who benefit from the EITC.
But my main memories of President Reagan are about the man himself. He was always courteous, even “courtly,” in his dealings with people from all walks of life. In this sense, he exuded respeto – respect – in a way that connected powerfully with the Latino community. Many of those involved in the highly partisan, divisive debates that characterize all too many issues today might benefit from following his example.
We may not have always agreed with the Reagan Administration’s policies, but there is no question that President Reagan had a profound influence and impact on the American political process, the nation, and the world. May he rest in peace.
I have no further comment as you all know that is only possible when the FACTS speak as loudly and as clearly as they do in this instance, the right wings desire to smear and distort is driven by HATE and FEAR the only two things Americans should be fearful and hateful of are of those who try to tell them not to judge any group on person based on the FACTS but to do it out of unsubstantiated FEAR and resorting to HATE to make their case.