Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tancredo: Sotomayer Belongs To La Raza, "A Latino KKK"

Tom Tancredo, former Colorado congressman and anti-immigrant activist, was praised in 2008 by Gordon Baum, head of the Council of Conservative Citizens, for having "the best track record in Congress." The Council, in its Statement of Principles, "oppose(s) all efforts to mix the races of mankind." Baum was impressed by Tancredo's supposedly protecting the country from a "full-scale invasion" of Latin immigrants." Tancredo, a grandson of Italian immigrants, wanted to halt all immigration, legal or otherwise.

Tancredo's bigotry against the Hispanic population was quite evident in his comments to CNN's Rick Sanchez. He attacked Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for her membership in La Raza, a Latino civil rights group, which he compared to the Ku Klux Klan. Watch:

Tancredo: If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a Latino — it’s a counterpart — a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that’s going to convince me and a lot of other people that it’s got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is “All for the race. Nothing for the rest.” What does that tell you?
Sanchez: Alright. We’re not talking about — we’re not talking about La Raza –
Tancredo: She’s a member! She’s a member of La Raza! (h/t Think Progress)

Of course, any resemblance between La Raza, concerned with civil rights, education, employment, immigration, health and other issues, and the Ku Klux Klan, with its history of lynching and terrorizing African-Americans, exists only in Tom Tancredo's warped imagination. Also false is Tancredo's claim that La Raza's slogan translates as "All for the race, nothing for the rest." In reality, the slogan stands for "Strengthening America by promoting the advancement of Latino families."

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