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Friday, March 16, 2012

DPNM Chairman Gonzales reaction to Gov. Martinez's "Light-Skinned Hispanics" Casting Call

The following is a statement from the Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, Javier M. Gonzales, in reaction to a casting call issued by Governor Susana Martinez's Tourism Board that asks for "Caucasians and Light-Skinned Hispanics Only."

"Leaders understand they have immense power to set the standard for what is acceptable, what is important, what is right or wrong. They also set the tone for who we are and what we are proud of as a people. In other words, they lead by example. The message Governor Martinez is sending here is not just that she doesn't want Hispanics to visit the state - although that alone would be bad enough. It's that she doesn't believe the state should be proud of our incredible Hispanic cultural heritage. It's that our Hispanic culture isn't worthy of being put front and center.

That's sad, and it's inexplicable coming from anyone purporting to represent the people of New Mexico. But it's even stranger coming from the first Hispanic woman ever elected Governor in New Mexico. Today she does not speak for me, and she does not speak for the vast majority of Hispanics in New Mexico. I'm appalled, and Gov. Martinez should be embarrassed. She should apologize, retract this insulting casting call, and open up any advertising that she uses taxpayer dollars for to actors that truly represent the full spectrum of incredible diversity we have in New Mexico."

NOTE: See the Santa Fe New Mexican's editorial on the casting call here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Opinion/

March 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM in Democratic Party, Film, Hispanic Issues, Susana Martinez | Permalink

Comments

omg. can this person get any more hateful? i recently heard her name as a potential R v.p candidate. i shudder to think!!

Posted by: linda | Mar 16, 2012 5:18:24 PM

It is plainly racist. What does this attitude say to our dark skinned youth? They are unattractive and throw away people?

Posted by: qofdisks | Mar 16, 2012 7:21:50 PM

Hypocrisy is no stranger with this Governor.

Posted by: autie | Mar 19, 2012 10:01:52 AM