With just a few days before local elections take place around the state, arch-conservative “news” outlet the New Mexico Political Journal posted this incredibly racist post about the time change. (If the link is broken good, there’s a screencap below to check out too)
Here’s the link
And also here’s a screenshot, because honestly we’ve been reporting the post to Facebook and hope it gets taken down because it clearly depicts anti-Islamic views and racist views toward people from the Middle East in general. But it’s important we document these cases of racism and call them out as we see them. Just so we’re all clear here, NMPJ is operated by former NM Republican Senator Rod Adair. According to his own About page, his publication doesn’t “tolerate racism or ethnic bigotry” but clearly they don’t understand what those terms really mean.
ProgressNow New Mexico has been working for the last few months to unravel the complicated ties that the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) has with numerous outside entities working to control the narrative around extraction in the state. We’ve found heaps of evidence to support our claims that NMOGA has evolved from just another industry advocate to fully trying to change the culture of New Mexico. We think it’s important you understand why this matters so here’s our quick rundown on everything you need to know. In 2017, NMOGA Executive Director Ryan Flynn gave a speech to members where he announced his intention to make NMOGA “the most powerful organization in the state of New Mexico.” Throughout the 2018 Legislative Session, we saw record amounts of spending from NMOGA to influence policy in that, the last year of Governor Susana Martinez’s last year in office.
This week’s headlines have been absolutely dominated by the downright chilling effect of President Trump using overt, racist language about four sitting members of congress. His attempt on Thursday to walk back his endorsement of chants at his North Carolina rally of “send her back” is clearly disingenuous. The hate-filled rhetoric is out there and Trump supporters are clearly feeling free to express their own vitriol with wild abandon. Unfortunately, this appears to be manifesting itself right here in New Mexico and being encouraged by Republican candidates eyeing next year’s elections.
Chris Mathys, a self-declared “conservative Christian and supporter of President Donald Trump,” held a listening session in the small community (less than 1000 people) of Mimbres in Grant County this past weekend. According to an article in the Las Cruces Sun-News, racists sentiment were loudly expressed by many in attendance and not at all rebuked by Mathys at any point.
Yep, you read the headline right. This week, GOP Staffer, Stella Padilla, added to her own barrage of hate-fueled social media posts with a new image depicting deceased Civil War soldiers, the text above it reading: Over 620,000 White People Died to Free Black Slaves And Still To This Day Not Even 1 Thank You. (See below for original post and enlarged, *graphic* image.)
This is the same GOP contractor who sought to exploit the conditions in which asylum seekers were going to be housed in Albuquerque. After trespassing, she and GOP side-kick Dinah Vargas were kicked off the closed campus for unauthorized filming. You would think that the GOP-which has incessantly beaten the drum on Real ID initiatives, and is obsessed with people’s birth certificates would have done their due diligence to vet a prospective employee.
Barry Blitt’s New Yorker cover, “Welcome To Congress”, has gone viral and it’s no surprise why- the cover shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation) (KS-3) with a crowd of brown people behind them at a door, about to walk into a room full of white men. This is a bittersweet moment for people of color across the country- until the late 1960s, ALL American citizens were not able to vote. The legal and physical battles fought to vote were (and are) hard, bloody, and racist. In New Mexico, we have taken Blitt’s concept to the max- the Roundhouse will see a lot of newcomers, mostly women of color and including the first ever Muslim to serve in the legislature, taking their seat on the House Floor. New Mexico has a long history of racism and sexism, especially during the time New Mexico was vying for statehood.
In July, a federal judge convicted Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of willfully violating a federal order to stop using his police force to target residents based on race. Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would travel to Phoenix, launching speculation that Trump would pardon his long-time ally. Tuesday afternoon, White House communications staff said that Donald Trump was not prepared to talk about pardoning the former sheriff. Four hours later, Trump mentioned it anyway.
After the tragedy in Charlottesville played out across national television and Twitter, The New Mexico Political Report shared a racist Facebook post from Dona Ana County’s Republican Party chairman echoing Trump’s excusal for white nationalists.
As his post was getting national attention and you joined our petitions calling for him to resign, our own researchers uncovered more statements from the chairman (a retired State Police captain) calling for prisoners to dole out rape as punishment and more.
He resigned, but he’s not the only one.
KRQE reported that the KKK launched a new recruiting effort aimed at New Mexico and the Santa Fe New Mexican discovered that the head of the racist group the Charlottesville car driver marched with lives right here in Roswell.
In a few weeks, a pro-Trump group is organizing events in Albuquerque as a part of a national anti-Muslim day of action.
New Mexico Tea Party sends most racist tweet of the week
Tells followers “don’t tweet anything you don’t want on the news.”
Lincoln County New Mexico Tea Party leader Glynis Racine told her followers “don’t tweet anything you don’t want on the news. LOL”, then sent this horribly racist tweet this morning from the organization’s official Twitter account:
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In an apparent attempt to contribute to our modern understanding of American history, the Tea Party leader reminds followers that early American slavery included African and non-African people alike. But her quest for “facts” includes her own assertion that all African-Americans are “bitching and moaning about how the world owes them a living.”
Earlier this month, Ms. Racine tweeted that she was excited when Fox News posted one of her tweets on air. She replied with this:
“I expect Glynis is going to have a whole new appreciation of that tweet,” says Patrick Davis of ProgressNowNM.
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9 July 2012
Hundreds of Citizens Express Outrage
Over Tea Party’s Rally ‘Round Racism
Las Cruces Mayor, City Council, and El Paso Electric Co. All Take A Stand Against This Dismal Display of Division
LAS CRUCES — Last week, Americans everywhere took to the streets to celebrate our country’s independence. In amazing showings of patriotism, friends and neighbors came together to celebrate our freedom and diversity in floats parading down Main Streets across America.