Since you are my district representative, I will address this letter to you and include your fellow elected officials.
First of all, I dont condone or support any killing against any innocent being. None. And I am fed up with hypocrisy from politicians.
A few questions and comments, so I can better understand “your view”…
- As it became clear that this massacre was an act of terrorism against Black Americans committed by a racist white supremacist, our grief gave way to anger. When you heard about the two mass killings by black supremacists, did you have any grief and anger ? Or is this only reserved against “white supremacists” ? Do you plan to address these black racist attacks on innocent people ?
- the candidates keep trying to outdo each other with lies about dangerous ‘illegals’ entering our country. Can you vouch for those coming across illegally and unvetted ? Do you consider those caught as gang members, human traffickers as “good people” or do you consider the following report USCBP as false ? If you want open borders, say so. Stop pretending.
- insisting that learning our history and how it impacts us today is harmful to our kids. Learning history, good or bad is a great and right thing to do. What is wrong is when you slant history to support a very narrow narrative to vilify those you oppose. Oppressor and oppressed. Or push the victimhood narrative which serves your purpose.
- claiming falsely that new arrivals to New Mexico are a threat and that minority groups are to blame for all that ails society.You know this is a false statement. I have never heard any candidate make this statement.
- Great Replacement Theory — a White Nationalist ideology that claims whites are being ‘replaced’ by non-white minorities. This vile idea has given rise to racially motivated hate crimes across our country and around the world. Although I dont agree with the theory as defined, the question you refuse to answer is what is the purpose of allowing unchecked illegal immigration, and highly encouraged by the democratic party ? Maybe not to replace “whites” but certainly hoping to add “potential sympathetic” voters, legal or illegal for you to maintain power.
- However, we are seeing more and more people in positions of power use coded (and occasionally, not-so-coded) language to stoke fear and racial division that tears at the fabric of our community. If we do not push back and hold our leaders to higher standards, we will further erode community trust. Yes coded language like “reproductive health” for the murder of thousands of innocent and defenseless human beings or “free tuition” coded for wasted tax payer money, “mixed economy” for the welfare state, blending legal and illegal migrants into “immigrants” to blur the legal lines, and of coure the not so subtle comments like https://sarasotamanateertl.org/abortion-activists-threaten-to-burn-down-supreme-court-kill-justices-when-roe-is-overturnedsteven-ertelt/. and I could continue…..
- And lets not worry about the facts….Lets just blame it all on “white supremacists” Beatty pointed to the Koreatown shooting as another example of white supremacy in action. “Let’s hold people accountable,” she said. “Let’s hold the right people accountable, and that’s the Republican Party.”Her assertion might be problematic, inasmuch as the alleged shooter is a black man. https://www.rt.com/news/555852-democrat-blames-white-supremacy-for-black-shooter/
You think by throwing in a mixture of gender and racial authors to “this view” it will be more believable ?
So my recommendation is stop the drama and hypocrisy. Be objective……My best……
Juan D Garcia
Rep. Brian Egolf, Rep. Javier Martínez, Rep. Joy Garratt, Rep. Angelica Rubio and Sen. Harold Pope Jr.
As the news broke last weekend of a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, we joined the nation in mourning the tragic loss of 10 lives. As it became clear that this massacre was an act of terrorism against Black Americans committed by a racist white supremacist, our grief gave way to anger.
This is not the first time in recent history that a young person committed a heinous crime while espousing white supremacist rhetoric. We fear that as long as the hateful lies that motivated the killer in Buffalo are allowed to spread unchecked, such racist violence will also continue to spread.
Here in New Mexico, where we have long celebrated cultural diversity and our rich heritage, we hear echoes of this rhetoric. In the Republican primary for the governor’s race, the candidates keep trying to outdo each other with lies about dangerous ‘illegals’ entering our country, or insisting that learning our history and how it impacts us today is harmful to our kids.
Behind these lies about the supposed dangers of immigration or learning history, Republican candidates send coded messages to New Mexico voters — claiming falsely that new arrivals to New Mexico are a threat and that minority groups are to blame for all that ails society. The Republican candidates’ message has disturbing parallels to the disgusting and un-American conspiracy theory called the Great Replacement Theory — a White Nationalist ideology that claims whites are being ‘replaced’ by non-white minorities. This vile idea has given rise to racially motivated hate crimes across our country and around the world.
As lawmakers with different backgrounds, we know that our communities can all rise together if we focus on what we have in common, not what may divide us. However, we are seeing more and more people in positions of power use coded (and occasionally, not-so-coded) language to stoke fear and racial division that tears at the fabric of our community. If we do not push back and hold our leaders to higher standards, we will further erode community trust. We also risk more horrific violence at the hands of dangerous individuals who have bought into these lies spread by politicians simply for political gain.
Hate crimes like the shooting in Buffalo, the racist massacre of Latinos in El Paso, or the killing of Jews at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, are chilling reminders that words have consequences, especially the words of people with large platforms like elected officials and political candidates.
When candidates focus on fear-mongering about critical race theory (even though the Public Education Department has plainly shown that it is not being taught in our schools) and immigration, instead of their positive vision for New Mexico, we have to hold them to account.
Fortunately, we know New Mexicans are strong enough to learn from our history and smart enough to see through these lies. What the constituents in our districts want are good jobs that will allow them to provide for their families. They want their kids to get a good education. They want safe neighborhoods. That is where we will put our energy — and we will stand strong against those that only focus on fear tactics.
For the sake of our state and our country, we urge our fellow elected leaders and political candidates to drop the lies and focus on building a better future for New Mexico.
This column was written by several elected to New Mexico Legislature, including Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), House Majority Leader Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Harold Pope Jr. (D-Albuquerque)