Friday, November 4

A little context

Somewhere I did hear the remarks made by New Orleans' African-American mayor, C. Ray Nagin, "who recently uttered remarks deemed offensive by some." (By some?)
"How do I make sure New Orleans is not overrun with Mexican workers?" Nagin asked at an October forum with business people as he discussed the city's future.

That comment prompted rebukes from both African-American organizations typically friendly to rising leaders such as Nagin and from Latino groups, which together called the comment "an example of remarks that can divide Americans at a time when we need to be united."

"We are united in the belief that legitimate concerns should not be the catalyst for pitting one group against another," said the joint statement by the National Urban League, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Asian American Justice Center.
Good for them. Still, if Bush had said something similar about African-Americans, imagine the ruckus. And as Jason Zengerle notes,
for some reason the Times, not to mention the Washington Post and a number of other major media outlets, have never reported these remarks.

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