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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...

You can hear an audio tape "allegedly" featuring Nunez here, with additional clips here and here. The group at the first link is running excerpts of the audio clips in TV commercials in Sacramento.

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.

California · Sat, 07/01/2006 - 10:07 · Importance: 1

Mon, 07/03/2006 - 00:10
eh

If media exists it should be pretty easy to tell who said what, where, and when.

But actually, the real problem is not that Hispanics show a degree of chauvinistic racial/ethnic solidarity (i.e. they recognnize that group differences exist, and that these differences legitimately set them apart and help define their sphere of interest and loyalty, in an extended family sense), but rather that Whites, paralyzed by nothing more than the fear of being called names, do not. So much so that Whites appear to be willing, more or less, to hand over their country to an inflowing horde of non-white immigrants -- who most definitely have learned to use the power of ethnic/political self-identification to exploit this weakness of Whites -- with not much protest at all (compared to the dramatic nature of what's going on).

Sun, 07/02/2006 - 00:33
sandoz

The Sacramento office of the ethnopolitician Nunez has a very aggressive PR policy. I'm sure even if you showed them the video linked two posts above, they'd deny that it was Nunez. "A doppelganger or something," they'd say, "perhaps even a long-lost twin, but definitely not Mr. Nunez."

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 15:59
Pat

A friend of mine and her husband, both lawyers and Hispanics, once went to a speech by Loretta Sanchez. Sanchez spoke in Spanish (to educated Americans!) and badmouthed white people to the point my friends got up and left.

Politicians should know that nothing they say is totally secret, and not everybody with a vowel at the end of their name hates white people.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 15:50
CTL

Here's a video of Nunez and his pal Kevin de Leon showing where their loyalty really lies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgbCB8QlQWw

These creeps have since learned to not show that kind of behavior in public. They're not stupid, but they are traitors.

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 13:39
petit bourgeois

Positive contributions? Name one. (btw, as speaker, the state and his constituency are the same thing).

He's a racist, but I'm sure that's fine by you. Mexican racists tend to stick together, evidenced by your support of him.

No need to fuss about an irredentist movement with the ultimate goal of exterminating whites from the region. Go on about your business, right?

Sat, 07/01/2006 - 12:39
Tony Herrera
www.tonyherrera.blogspot.com

This post is much to do about nothing.

It's interesting that this site attributes with 99.44% certainty that the alleged comments were actually made by the now Speaker Fabian Nunez, some 11 years ago.

So, what is it, are those the words of Fabian Nunez? Yes? or No?

Tell you what, if he did, I as an American citizen and California resident don't see what the big fuss is about. Perhaps, Mr. Nunez could have been more tactful and used the term "redneck".

Whatever, I would rather focus on the positive contributions the Speaker has provided our state and his constituency.