Alberto Gonzales: Latino Groups Have Buyers' Remorse

When Alberto Gonzales was nominated for Attorney General, some hispanic groups swallowed their doubts about his political history and supported him because he was a Latino.

Some of those groups are now expressing buyer's remorse.

"I have to say we were in error when we supported him to begin with," said Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Gonzales, Wilkes said, has not aggressively pursued hate crimes and cases of police profiling of Hispanics. "We hoped for better. Instead it looks like he's done the bidding of the White House."

Janet Murguia, president and chief executive of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic rights group, called Gonzales "a follower, not a leader."

Count me among those who never understood their support for Gonzales in the first place.


Critics questioned how these groups could support, in the name of ethnic solidarity, a man who had a role in permitting more aggressive interrogation techniques to be used on terrorism suspects held in Cuba and elsewhere.

It's not just the U.S. Attorney firings. To me, it's that he is a shill for the White House and George Bush. I wonder if the man ever had an independent thought or position in his life. I suspect he is so beholden to George Bush from Bush's reign in Texas that he'll never exercise independent judgment.

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    Hidden assumptions (none / 0) (#1)
    by LonewackoDotCom on Tue May 29, 2007 at 01:28:18 AM EST
    Of course, one will note that Fears thinks "ethnic solidarity" is perfectly acceptable and beyond questioning. BTW: the NCLR has links to and funds extremist groups, and LULAC's national treasurer recently stated "this is our land!" and "we didn't cross the border, the border crossed us".

    Ah, those hidden assumptions.

    re "their" support (none / 0) (#2)
    by redfish on Tue May 29, 2007 at 05:22:11 AM EST
    there is no "they," latinos consist of a very large number of nationalities and ethnic and ration groups.  there is no reason why I as a cuban-american should automatically feel solidarity with a mexican-american.

    should read (none / 0) (#3)
    by redfish on Tue May 29, 2007 at 05:24:07 AM EST
    "racial" groups

    Latino v. black v. white Christians, etc. (none / 0) (#4)
    by dkmich on Tue May 29, 2007 at 05:35:41 AM EST
    All of this needs to stop.  Pitting group against group is how to divide and ensure that corporate interests win.  The immigration/guest worker bill that just passed, passed because it was about Latino just like Gonzo was about Latino.  It had nothing to do with wages or labor policy for this country.   Country needs to come before party, gender, and group. Until then, it will always be divide and conquer, and we the people are guaranteed to lose.