Fabian Nunez denies making racist speech (Prop. 187)
In 1995, current Speaker of the California Assembly Fabian Nunez spoke before the "Latino Summit Response to Prop 187" at UC Riverside and "allegedly" said, among other things, this:
There's only two forms of power in this country and in this world. One is economic power, We certainly don't have the economic power because we don't own the means of production, but there's another form of power, and that's the power of the masses. So you can be as revolutionary as you want, you can be Chicano nationalist, you can be Mexican-American, you can be Hispanic, you can believe in the concept of Aztlan, you can believe in the concept of multi-culturalism. Somebody can say 'Everybody here is wrong, I am the only one that has reached revolutionary completeness'. But the bottom line is that if we do not mobilize our community we are not putting together a setting - the parameters to establish a massive movement in our community... we can mobilize one million people and bring Washington to a standstill, and those rednecks that are out there making decisions for the betterment of their communities will think twice before they push forward anti-immigrant legislation against our community...
Those commercials have lead to what is probably a first: a mainstream reporter (Malcolm Maclachlan of Capitol Weekly) asked ("Anti-immigrant ad targets Nunez") Nunez about his remarks, with interesting results:
A spokesman for Nunez denied that the voice was the Speaker's, and otherwise refused comment.
Now, there's certainly the possibility that the person on the audio tape who said those things was someone else at the confab. Much less possible is it's a fake, and someone who sounds like him was hired to say those things. However, on information and belief, this site is going to say that with 99.44% certainty that is indeed Nunez saying those things.
In any case, this surely must be the first article of its kind:
"I personally think these were racist comments," [Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta] said of the statements by Nunez and others. He added, "Some of my Democratic counterparts figured they could say whatever they wanted and their comments would never appear on the news. Thus far, the media have proven them correct."
Indeed. The Los Angeles Times and other California newspapers are quite willing to buy into Nunez' version of reality, in which he and others make racist, anti-American comments but never a dissenting word is said about them.