Miami University Hosts Hispanic-Only Mayoral Debate

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Artful D0dger, May 14, 2011.

  1. Hosting a debate for the Mayoral election in Miami, Florida International University held a debate, but only invited the Hispanic candidates. The debate, held at the university’s Wertheim Theatre, was broadcast by the Spanish language Univision radio and rebroadcast by Univision channel 23 television, and was open only to candidates Julio Robaina, Marcelo Llorente, Carlos Gimenez and Jose “Pepe” Cancio.

    Candidates of other races were outraged. “I was appalled,” said Luther Campbell, a mayoral candidate who was not invited. “The university is having a Cuban-only forum, which is wrong to the students, because the students are from all different races and all different cultures and all the students don’t speak only Spanish.”

    Although the University claimed the candidates were selected on an objective standard based on the amount of money raised by each candidate, the barrier seemed rigged to select only the Hispanic candidates, given the large distance in fundraising between one candidate, Cancio, and the other candidates invited to the forum.

    Roosevelt Bradley, another candidate, said he was "outraged" that such a “polarizing and divisive event” was held on the campus of a taxpayer-funded university. Bradley said “this turns the clock back 50 years” on racial relations in the city. Bradley, like Campbell, is black, as was another candidate to criticise the forum, Wilbur "Short Stop" Bell.

    Many students objected to the 'Hispanic-only' candidate forum. "We have a large Hispanic community, but this is Miami and we like to celebrate our diversity here,” said student Esra Erdogan, who may or may not be related to Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “I don’t think it’s right to exclude any candidate.”

    Cambell, who is of Jamaican ancestry, was made famous by his membership in 2 Live Crew. He is no stranger to racial and other controveries. A supporter of the Miami Hurricanes football team in the late 80s and early 90s, at the time one of the strongest college football in the nation, he offered bounties to Miami players who injured opposing players and took them out of the game. He also was involved in a racial controversy from the other end, blackmailing the Miami team into appointing a black starting quarterback under threat of revealing NCAA violations by the team. Cambell was invited to another debate held by the Chamber of Commerce, and instead of attending he arrived late and took the Chamber to task for what he saw as policies which favored the Hispanic community at the expense of the black community. “I’m a little disturbed,” he said, “The Chamber says it is about the all the community. But I don’t think it’s been serving all the community, just some parts.”

    Perhaps this experience will prompt Al Sharpton, and other self appointed 'leaders of the black community', to rethink their decision to push for an amnesty for mostly-Hispanic illegal aliens. While this advocacy is apparently premised under a desire to push Americans of European ancestry into the minority; according to the black Miami mayoral candidates, Hispanic domination of the city and its institutions has placed blacks in the racial position they were in 50 years ago. For whatever reason, the Hispanic ruling class in Miami does not seem inclined to make the extra effort to ensure that blacks candidates are included, the way that all or most majority or plurality Anglo communities would.

    A few years ago, YWC Honorary Chairman Congressman Tom Tancredo had this to say about Miami: "Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country. You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you're in the United States of America. You would certainly say you're in a Third World country."

    When then-Governor Jeb Bush called Tancredo's comments "disappointing" and "naïve," Tancredo did not back down. Pointing out that a growing number of Miami residents speak only Spanish and do not speak English, Tancredo told Jeb Bush that he "certainly understand and appreciate your need and desire to create the illusion of Miami as a multiethnic 'All American' city," but "it is neither naïve nor insulting to call attention to a real problem that cannot be easily dismissed through politically correct happy talk."

    To this, Jeb Bush's spokesman Alia Faraj responded that "He's disappointed, he takes pride in the diversity in Florida and feels very strongly about Miami. It's his home."

    As recent events show, Jeb Bush has about as much chance of getting elected Mayor of Miami as does Tom Tancredo, or Luther Campbell, Roosevelt Bradley, and 'Short Stop' Bell. Not only has Tancredo been proven right in his statement by this incident, it should give serious pause to anyone who advocates for open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens, and mass immigration from Latin America.
  2. Lucrum


    Can you imagine the outrage if someone held an English speaking only debate or a white only debate?