I've largely not weighed in about the comments of Bernalillo County Republican Party Chairman Fernando C. de Baca because they just seemed so over the top. Better to just let my reporting buddies ferret it all out, which they did--go to the blogs of Heath Haussamen and Peter St. Cyr for all the ins and outs.
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.
In the course of talking to him [BBC Reporter Jon Kelly], I explained that some of the older generation people, like my grandfather, would always tells us as youngsters that Hispanics came here, I guess it was their way of having us, lifting our spirits, and they would say remember your ancestors came here as conquerors. And those were his [grandfather’s] words. And then they would draw the comparison of the other groups, the Native Americans and so on.
C. de Baca has had time to grow with the rest of us in this regard. But when an actual taped interview with another BBC reporter surfaced, it becomes very clear that dismay and upset over C. de Baca’s comments are well-founded. Here's what he said on tape--again, the highlights are mine:
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.
C. de Baca has been explaining his comments to anyone who will listen, and would like for us to all understand that he was speaking about OTHER Hispanics, rather than himself. He says he was just explaining the reality that Hispanics in an older generation aren't going to vote for a man who is black.
I could get this explanation had his comments not sounded so First Person and so Matter of Fact.
But despite the fact that all the big-wig Republicans in the state, including Bernalillo County's own Darren White, who is running for Congress, have condemned the comments and called for C. de Baca's resignation, the Bernalillo County Republicans aren't having it.
Local attorney and executive board member of the Bernco Republicans Doug Antoon was interviewed by St. Cyr about their decision to not give C. de Baca the boot. The audio is hard to hear (for me) but Heath Haussamen has given a good synopsis.
Not to mention, Antoon said, the BBC is a bunch of Liberals:
Antoon accused BBC News of being “a rather very liberal international broadcasting company.” He said the organization was taking C. de Baca’s comment -- that Hispanics won’t vote for a black president because, as conquerors, they consider themselves above blacks, who came to America as slaves -- out of context because of its political agenda.