A national Latino group said Thursday it is fighting back against what it considers to be "hate speech" that has emerged from the debate over immigration.According to La Raza, it is hate speech to mention facts like the belief of many Mexicans that the southwest belongs to them; in fact, the reputable Zogby polling organization found in 2002 that 58 percent of Mexicans agree with that idea.
National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia announced plans to pressure television network executives and candidates seeking their parties` presidential nominations to clamp down on such remarks.
The group launched a Web site to counter the speech, www.wecanstopthehate.org, with clips of what it considers offensive comments on television as well as a tracking of hate crimes. ["Hate Speech Cited in Immigration Debate," Google AP, Jan 31, 2008]
Mexicans have essentially declared war on America via immigration, and even have a name for it — reconquista. But when anyone shines a light on their activities against America, Razas squawk about non-existent racism and hate because they have no rational arguments.
In response, [Minuteman Jim] Gilchrist called the National Council of La Raza a racial supremacy group that "dwarfs the combination of Black Panthers, KKK, American Indian Movement and Asian gangs."And so they are...
"I`m exercising free speech and I`m giving my opinion," Gilchrist said. "My son-in-law is Mexican and two of my three grandchildren are half Mexican. The Minuteman Project is comprised of every race, color and creed."