August 28, 2003
Faux News Smears Bustamante
Here you have conservatives saying that folks like Strom Thurmond or nominated Appeals Court Bill Pickering, who voted for a range of racist laws and worked closely with real racist groups like the "Mississippi Sovereignty Commission," shouldn't have their past disqualify them from office, then turn around and slime Bustamante for being a member of a mainstream student group like MEChA.
Just look at the Lying Lies Used by Liars in the Fox News story above. See the phrases like "members of the group" or have been "associated" with some other group, or the random quoting of documents out of context.
The rightwing machine is in full play, first to mount the recall, now to slime Bustamante-- a Democrat so moderate he's endorsed Lieberman for god's sake. It's just more Big Lies.
Let's look at the mission of MEChA as stated by actual MEChA chapters, as opposed to the lies of its enemies.
Nowhere is racism of any kind towards other groups advocated, nor the rightwing boogie-man of armed separatism or any such rightwing smears. No doubt there were individual members within MEChA way back who used such language, but for the organization as a whole, the idea of self-determination has been one of educational uplift within a multicultural country, as American a goal as apple pie. Anyone who has worked with MEChA students -- as I have -- can tell you they are committed to multi-racial organizing and respect towards people of all races, genders, and sexual orientation.
They are a hell of a lot more tolerant and supportive of diversity than any of their critics.
Update: A good article in the Arizona Republic emphasizing how radical this assault is on Bustamante, since it is really an attempt to destroy almost every existing latino politician through this smear. As this columnist notes:
Among the prominent MEChistas hereabouts is John Loredo, the current Arizona House minority leader. I wouldn't be surprised if most Latino political leaders nationwide were MECHistas.This fight is now about a lot more than Bustamante; it's about defending a whole generation of latino leadership from the rightwing wurlitzer.
Update: See GOP: Repudiate YAF for more on conservative hypocrisy on racism and Bustamante.
And here documenting lies in the Fox report.
Posted by Nathan at August 28, 2003 10:48 AM