Apparently some people can use racial slurs in politics

posted at 3:00 pm on December 17, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

This is one that slipped through the cracks during the week, but it’s worth a second look. Out in New Mexico we find the story of yet another elected official caught up in allegations of malfeasance, and then lashing out in a rather unusual way when they’re called on it. Presented for your consideration, the heartwarming story of state representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton.

A Democratic state legislator in New Mexico lashed out at a Republican colleague, attacking her as acting as a minion of the state’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, and referring to the governor in questionable terms.

Calling Martinez “the Mexican,” Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton reportedly shouted at Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza.

The source of the dispute was an investigative news report that suggested Stapleton had behaved unethically. The piece aired on KRQE-TV in October, reporting that “for years, Stapleton did not take leave from her job as an administrator at the Albuquerque Public Schools system and received pay while attending legislative sessions.” Espinoza commented in the report.

Stapleton shouted at Espinoza during a committee break, according to Capitol Report New Mexico, and accused her of “carrying the Mexican’s water.”

Stapleton told Espinoza that she had been waiting for her and said, “I’m pissed,” later adding, “You said I’m corrupt. Prove it!”

After a while, even I get tired of playing this particular card, but can you imagine if it had been a white male Republican doing this? Referring to the Governor as “the Mexican?” The media would be in full blown, pearl clutching meltdown mode by now. But apparently this remains a “move along… nothing to see here” story.

So what does Representative Stapleton plan on doing about the original charges in the report? Particularly given her position as Majority Whip in the state house, I’m sure she’s going to set aside some of her duties until we can get to the bottom of it. Right?

In a news conference Thursday (Dec. 15) that took a couple odd turns, state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) apologized for angrily confronting Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell) and saying Espinoza was “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor,” site of the offices of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in New Mexico’s state capitol building.

But despite calls from state Republicans, Stapleton said she would “absolutely not” step down from her position as Majority Whip in the state’s House of Representatives.

You’ll need to click through to the full article to read the rather amazing, incoherent, rambling non-apology that she issued to the Governor, the House and her constituents. It seems there’s still really nothing wrong with calling the Governor “the Mexican on the 4th floor” because… you know… it’s not a racial slur. It means “people of Mexican descent” and besides, “there are lots of people on the 4th floor.” Not to mention, “we are both women of color,” so I guess it’s all no harm, no foul, eh?

You can certainly see why she wouldn’t be resigning over a little thing like this. I’m sure she’d be just as forgiving if this same slur had come from one of her GOP colleagues, right?


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The Entitled Minority

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I remember when Bush Sr. referred to some of his grandchildren as ‘little brown ones’. He endured a mild sh*t storm over that comment. He probably still would, since rules are applied differently based on political orientation. Carry on…

joejm65 on December 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Only certain people can be racist without consequences.

Dasher on December 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Please Sign 1Lt. Michael Behenna’s Petition for Clemency

Allen West almost certainly already has.

VorDaj on December 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

PC does not apply to libs.

Banshee Leader on December 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

I’m sure she’ll fall on the sword of Shirley Sherrod over this.

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Meh. The Mexican? No one would give a second thought to someone saying “The Swede”, “The Dane”.

I find it pretty silly when people try to make everything racist, this is one of those times. It doesn’t matter if it was a dem who said it.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Well, in her defence, at least she didn’t rape anyone, take a picture of her junk or dress up as Tigger. Racist comments get a pass when uttered by a Demmohroid woman of color.

JimboHoffa on December 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Further proof that the public school system in this country is an abysmal failure!

How dare she be called on the carpet for her taxpayer job in the public school system. I guess she thinks the people, and the Mexicans for that matter, work for her.

Democrat = crook

Mr. Mike on December 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Were any Mexican water-carriers available for comment?

St Gaudens on December 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

“If you don’t want me to point out your double standard, pick a standard and stick to it.” -Jim Treacher

Libraritarian on December 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Meh. The Mexican? No one would give a second thought to someone saying “The Swede”, “The Dane”.

I find it pretty silly when people try to make everything racist, this is one of those times. It doesn’t matter if it was a dem who said it.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

You’ve never been to New Mexico, have you? Perhaps “The Swede” would play okay in Minnesota.

Drained Brain on December 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM

It seems there’s still really nothing wrong with calling the Governor “the Mexican on the 4th floor” because… you know… it’s not a racial slur. It means “people of Mexican descent”

So I’m sure she would have no problem with somebody calling her “the African on the 4th floor.”

Mark1971 on December 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Meh. The Mexican? No one would give a second thought to someone saying “The Swede”, “The Dane”.

I find it pretty silly when people try to make everything racist, this is one of those times. It doesn’t matter if it was a dem who said it.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

In the context she said it? The context was to disparage both of them. The context had nothing to do with their origins, race or ethnicity. It was meant as a derogatory term.

ButterflyDragon on December 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Thanks Jazz!
I see the Media has been all over this since I am a daily current events news freak, and this is the first I’ve been aware of another Jesse Jackson-Al Sharpton type moment, in one sided race-relations.
(But then, I forget that I wouldn’t know about all the Rev. Jeremiah Wrights in our country, if they had not vetted our golfer-in-chief so thoroughly)

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I find it pretty silly when people try to make everything racist, this is one of those times. It doesn’t matter if it was a dem who said it.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

If she were a Republican, then what?

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Free speech, tolerance, and racism are all one way streets for Liberals/communists/progressives.

jukin3 on December 17, 2011 at 3:20 PM

In the context she said it? The context was to disparage both of them. The context had nothing to do with their origins, race or ethnicity. It was meant as a derogatory term.

ButterflyDragon on December 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Context and tone are everything. As The Virginian, the eponymous hero of Owen Wister’s fine novel, says to Trampas at the card table, “When you call me that, SMILE.”

Drained Brain on December 17, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Nothing to see here… move along…

Khun Joe on December 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM

It’s not possible for a black person to be racist.

You racist.

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

You’ve never been to New Mexico, have you?

The point is that “Mexican” is a nationality, not a race.

I’m from MA, an absolute melting pot of Irish, Italian, Poles, Russians, Brits, Greeks, etc… and it’s amazing but no one has a problem with being referred to by the nationality of their grandparents. Of course, that is just anecdotal, and I’m sure some folks can be worked into a fervor if prompted by special interest groups.

If the left wants to get all worked up about petty nonsense, then they need to be called out on it.

Everyone needs to get past this hypersensivity when the same is used for someone who has a darker skin color.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

ernesto hardest hit.

I know, I know…. illegal immigration is thuh bomb.

And stuff.

hillbillyjim on December 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Democrats are trash.

Pork-Chop on December 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

ButterflyDragon on December 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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THANK YOU!
(and please have reaganaut read the post directly above yours!)

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha the race card just lost a bit more of it’s value. A few more of these slurs from people who proclaim victimhood from the same treatment that they extend others and the race card will soon have the value of Enron stock.

The hypocricy actually works to diminish the PC culture.

NapaConservative on December 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

You have to remember that libs are above the name calling law. (They can say what they want) The one thing everyone should be concerned with is did she break any legal laws by getting paid for both jobs? I would imagine she broke some ethical laws of the house. So go after her for the ethical and criminal charges. Of course the best way would be to vote her out of office.

conservativeinindy on December 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Everyone needs to get past this hypersensivity when the same is used for someone who has a darker skin color.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

OK, it’s not a “race”, but a nationality.

By that logic, if Martinez referenced Stapleton as a the African, that would be OK?

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

What can I say? Somebody mailed us the story, which wasn’t really enough to post on… UNTIL I read the “apology” she issued, at which point it crossed over into la-la-land. Seemed good for a Saturday.

Jazz Shaw on December 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

SSDD…. :(

sicoit on December 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

If she were a Republican, then what?

Who cares?

What in the wide, wide world of sports does that have to do with anything?

Sounds like an 8 year old wondering why his little sister didn’t get punished for something he did, too.

If someone wants to put their foot in their mouth then let them. If a Republican did it and suffered the consequences, then so be it. You can claim that you are above the fray and take the heat and you can let the Dems keep running their mouths and slowly change public perception.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Were any Mexican water-carriers available for comment?

St Gaudens on December 17, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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No! They are all here illegally doncha know, and don’t want to draw attention to themselves

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

It’s OK. She’s a member of the Democrat Racist party.

WhatNot on December 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Are you being deliberately obtuse, or do you not get that the point is the double standard?

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Nothing to see here… move along…

Khun Joe on December 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Dittos.

listens2glenn on December 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

What in the wide, wide world of sports does that have to do with anything?

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Nice Slim Pickens reference!

You do know you’re talking about a Socialist Democrat, Right?
You do know they use this tactic of bare naked racism against us, right?

We sit back and pretend it’s water running off the back, and they use a flood to smear us, and it’s nothing???

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

By that logic, if Martinez referenced Stapleton as a the African, that would be OK?

OK for who? I doubt she would do it, for one thing. Also, Africa is not a country.

Looks, if this Stapleton wants to run her mouth, then give her a bigger microphone. I doubt the governor got far in politics by being overly sensitive about her ancestry.

Let her look like a fool and stay above the garbage by not letting it bother you, or whining about “What if a Republican said it?”

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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OHhhhhhhh!
You mean like the Media changed the public perception of the good Reverend Al Sharpton?
So, when will you be on his television show?

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Only white people are racist.

Smedley on December 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

It seems there’s still really nothing wrong with calling the Governor “the Mexican on the 4th floor” because… you know… it’s not a racial slur. It means “people of Mexican descent” and besides, “there are lots of people on the 4th floor.”

Awesome! So by identical logic, it’s officially okay now to call Obama “the Kenyan in the White House”, right, Dems?

Fabozz on December 17, 2011 at 3:39 PM

They can’t be racists there democRATS!

angrymike on December 17, 2011 at 3:39 PM

“What if a Republican said it?”

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Lets look at the hysterical Historical record shall we, if a Republican said something like that, there would be HOWLS from the left for her resignation.

Double Standards?

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

I understand what you’re saying, it has just been a long 3 years of “What if Bush did/said that.”

The court of public opinion is rigged.

I just think that it’s a more valid tactic to hand out more and more rope to the other side, rather than trying to stop them.

In the southwest, Stapleton just cost herself countless votes. Don’t even give them a chance to craft some dumb apology (although in this case, Stapleton made it worse).

Let them go and use their own words against them later.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Who cares?

What in the wide, wide world of sports does that have to do with anything?

Sounds like an 8 year old wondering why his little sister didn’t get punished for something he did, too.

If someone wants to put their foot in their mouth then let them. If a Republican did it and suffered the consequences, then so be it. You can claim that you are above the fray and take the heat and you can let the Dems keep running their mouths and slowly change public perception.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

You ask who cares? I care, for one. If liberals are going to write the rules on how we should be conducting ourselves and our speech, it would be nice if they were held to the exact same rules that they impose upon eveyone else. No?

The MSM would have had a field day with this had it been a white conservative who had made this idiotic comment. The fact that we only hear about this story on a conservative website speaks volumes about the double-standard that exists between liberals and conservatives.

What exactly does being “above the fray” do for you aside from making you look weak and ineffectual?

St Gaudens on December 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Pssst! Dude, the whole reason for pointing this stuff out is to poke fun at the Media. They hyperventilate over made-up controversy like this all the time, as long as it is a Republican doing it. If you can’t understand why we like to talk “over” the media, you are not much of a “Reaganaut”.

Mord on December 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Wait. Let me get this straight. Somebody was supposed to get somebody a glass of water and somebody else hasn’t returned a Julia Roberts-Brad Pitt DVD? Is that it?

Oh, and one more question: Does Michelle Obama have Sheryl Williams Stapleton on that no-french-fries, Lean Quisine for Women of Color diet yet?

M240H on December 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Awesome! So by identical logic, it’s officially okay now to call Obama “the Kenyan ASIAN in the White House”, right, Dems?

Fabozz on December 17, 2011 at 3:39 PM

FIFY! (he was allegedly born in Hawaii)

TugboatPhil on December 17, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Meh. The Mexican? No one would give a second thought to someone saying “The Swede”, “The Dane”.

I find it pretty silly when people try to make everything racist, this is one of those times. It doesn’t matter if it was a dem who said it.

Gee, it’s too bad Stapleton didn’t have a chance to read this before she apologized yesterday.

Stapleton apologizes to Gov. for slur

Drained Brain on December 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Uh, Ms. Stapleton…, call for you on line 1.

Hullo??

God, you sound just like Barack Obama!!!

OMG….Holy Sheet……I am so sorry….I’ll get on it right away, but no, I don’t possess the tape.

WryTrvllr on December 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Wow, what class!

squint on December 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Mord on December 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

What? Completely missing the point…

Is it the media who engages in the “What if a Republican said it” whining?

That’s not poking fun, that’s acting like a crybaby.

Unless debating rhetorical questions is fun for some people.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I am a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and my last tour of duty was where I started, at the Navy’s Boot Camp in Great Lakes, IL. I was a Company Commander entrusted with the care and training of our young people and developing them into Sailors ready for duty in the fleet. When I had a young 18-21 year old use the kind of language that Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton used, the recruit would be verbally or administratively counseled and depending on the severity, could be set back in training or administratively separated from active duty– all for that type of language. We are holding military recruits to that level of accountability but yet, an elected representative can say such things with no apparent repercussions. Where is the adult supervision?

steved95 on December 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

New Mexican here…

The people here refer to themselves as “Spanish”,they’re very proud of their Spanish heritage.The Mexican crack was,I’m sure,a reference to Gov. Martinezs’ parents supposedly being illegal immigrants,but it’s been proven that they came here legally.
Funny how the lamestream media has glossed over the fact that she’s the 1st female Hispanic/Spanish governor in US history because she’s a Republican.
Yes,I did vote for her :D

Frantic Freddie on December 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Only white people can be racist, well….white conservative people. And white Muslims cannot be racist for obvious reasons of oppression and cultural expression.

BL@KBIRD on December 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Are you being deliberately obtuse, or do you not get that the point is the double standard?

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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Neither J T!………naut might probably be a Democrat!

KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2011 at 3:51 PM

You can claim that you are above the fray and take the heat and you can let the Dems keep running their mouths and slowly change public perception.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Yeah, like that has worked so well for us in the past.
Please, no more weak knee opinions from the milksops out there.

rightoption on December 17, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I think I saw this on eather the right planet or news max earlier in the week.

angrymike on December 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Well, in her defence, at least she didn’t rape anyone, take a picture of her junk or dress up as Tigger. Racist comments get a pass when uttered by a Demmohroid woman of color.

JimboHoffa on December 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Or, punch out a security guard at the congress building who was just trying to do his job (Cynthia McKinney). Don’t forget Sharpton caused the death of 8 people in 1995, Jackson calling NYC “hymietown,” and all the rest.

Al_H on December 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Nasty on the inside shows through color and race and there for all to see.

zenron on December 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM

It’s not racist unless the approved people say that it is.

ElectricPhase on December 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The double standard has been around for more years than I can count and the media is the worst offender claiming to be the least and while that word least is still in their mouths they are accusing others of being the worst offenders.

George Carlin (sp?) had a wonder take on that years ago that was very popular and others have used it on the comedian circuit but after the applause it is still there and the media reminds us every chance they get and it’s at the point now with this racist rant where it makes no sense at all being used way out of context so much that to use it makes one look very stupid.

mixplix on December 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Nope newsmax on Thursday

angrymike on December 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Political correctness was created by liberals not for liberals.

Speakup on December 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM

You can bet this would be decried as racist if any conservative had said it – whether or not it IS racist. The fact is that a liberal can use any racial slur without criticism in most cases. He/she will be excuses or be said to have been misinterpreted. A conservative is never given the benefit of the doubt.

lukjuj on December 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Obama needs the tax rate at 75%

It’s expensive to keep burying crap like this. No way his coalition holds together more than 10 more years.

WryTrvllr on December 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

New Mexican here…

The people here refer to themselves as “Spanish”,they’re very proud of their Spanish heritage.The Mexican crack was,I’m sure,a reference to Gov. Martinezs’ parents supposedly being illegal immigrants,but it’s been proven that they came here legally.
Funny how the lamestream media has glossed over the fact that she’s the 1st female Hispanic/Spanish governor in US history because she’s a Republican.
Yes,I did vote for her :D

Thanks for pointing that out.

Drained Brain on December 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Awesome! So by identical logic, it’s officially okay now to call Obama “the Kenyan in the White House”, right, Dems?

Fabozz on December 17, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Kenyan or Marxist, Marxist or Kenyan. Would y’all racists please make up your dang minds . . .

BigAlSouth on December 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Meh. The Mexican? No one would give a second thought to someone saying “The Swede”, “The Dane”.

I find it pretty silly when people try to make everything racist, this is one of those times. It doesn’t matter if it was a dem who said it.

reaganaut on December 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

No, they wrap us all up in one ethnic slur: “Anglos”.

There’s a lot of fighting taking place in competition between the two largest “protected classes”, namely between Blacks and Hispanics/Latinos.

Primarily, though, prejudice is O.K. with Democrats as long as it’s Democrats who are engaged in it, particularly if they’re Black and/or Hispanic/Latino.

Lourdes on December 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM

When I got out of the shower this morning my back was wet.

Just sayin’…….

NeoKong on December 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Calling Martinez “the Mexican,” Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton reportedly shouted at Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza.

And, the damage already done to young minds by people such as these will likely take several generations to recover from, if ever.

It’s just.terrible to what low standards public education and government goes to employ horrible people.

Lourdes on December 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Calling Martinez “the Mexican,” Democratic state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton reportedly shouted at Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza.

What about calling her in a more respectful term like “Governor”?

steved95 on December 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM

“Mexican” is a race?

Dante on December 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Jimmy the Greek could not be reached for comment.

Dante on December 17, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Another example of MSM selective outrage; this one never meant to see sunshine…
Kudos to H/A for keeping us in the loop.

litebeam1 on December 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Sheryl Williams Stapleton certainly sounds like a RACIST!

GarandFan on December 17, 2011 at 4:27 PM

The best part is Stapleton claims she’s a Latina – an African-American Cuban Puerto Rican Virgin Islander Latina.

Whew.

From comments on the headlines a couple days ago:

“If I offended anyone, I apologize,” Stapleton told the Journal in a telephone interview later. “That was not my intent.”

Referring to someone as a “Mexican” in New Mexico – where many residents pride themselves on Hispanic, or European, ancestry – has often been construed to be an ethnic slur. Martinez’s paternal grandparents were from Mexico. Martinez, born in El Paso, is the nation’s first elected Hispanic female governor.

“I would never say anything derogatory,” said Stapleton, who in 1994 became the first black woman elected to the New Mexico Legislature.

Stapleton, who was born in the Virgin Islands, said she had grandparents who were Cuban and Puerto Rican and that she considers herself at least partly Latina. She said she told Espinoza in Spanish that, “I have a lot of respect for you because you are a Latina, like I am.”

Espinoza, who denied questioning the integrity of Stapleton by name, said she was left in “a state of shock” by Stapleton’s behavior Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Martinez was away from her Fourth Floor office at the Capitol on Wednesday, participating in public events in Alamogordo.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

ex Dem from Miami on December 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I remember when Bush Sr. referred to some of his grandchildren as ‘little brown ones’. He endured a mild sh*t storm over that comment.

joejm65 on December 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

He did it out of love. She made her comments of hate, or at least spite.

Paul-Cincy on December 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Stapleton is a woman “of color” who clearly feels entitled to use that designation as a cudgel on anyone who doesn’t cowtow to her demands. Is she related to that man currently holding court in the Oval Office?

Grammiecracker on December 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Sheryl Williams Stapleton certainly sounds like a RACIST!

GarandFan on December 17, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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KOOLAID2 on December 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM

No, they wrap us all up in one ethnic slur: “Anglos”.

Lourdes on December 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Here in New Mexico “Anglo” is not an ethnic slur,it’s used routinely by all of us,along with Spanish & Indian (our 3 major demographics).
“Guero” (WAY-ro) is a common term for white people & depends on the context,I have friends that call me guero,but “gabacho” is an insult.

If you want to insult a Spanish New Mexican then calling them Mexican is a grave insult,as I said earlier,they take great pride in their Spanish ancestry.

Frantic Freddie on December 17, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I’m ready for an amendment to the Constitutions of the U.S. and every state: anyone who defines, describes, refers, or identifies themselves by their “people”, color, race, ancestral heritage, – or in any way other then as simply “American”, is not eligible to hold any form of public office – whether by election or by appointment.

Really, seriously fed up with it.

Grammiecracker on December 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

reaganaut = the Ron Paul of political correctness. Naive beyond belief and making inane statements in defense of the naivete.

If you don’t recognize Stapleton’s hypocrisy then this isn’t the forum for you.

cicerone on December 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Maybe she meant that Brad Pitt film about the legendary pistoli, but I doubt it….

Sherman1864 on December 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Mexican is not a race.

The left are NOT liberal/progressive. They just stole the terms.

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

The best part is Stapleton claims she’s a Latina – an African-American Cuban Puerto Rican Virgin Islander Latina.

ex Dem from Miami on December 17, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I’m sure she’s also part Cherokee, at least when she visits certain casinos…Whatever works!

For those clowns who want to pretend that this is no big deal just ask yourself: If she wasn’t intending to be insulting then why refer to the Governor as “the Mexican” to begin with? She’s not Mexican, she’s American and none of that is relevant to the issue that they were discussing, is it? No, “Mexican” is not a racial term but a lot of people on the Left use it as if it WAS. So splitting hairs over whether Stapleton is a “racist” or simply a “bigot” is basically pointless. It was intended to be an insult and if she were somebody else then the reaction in the MSM would have been far different. That’s hypocrisy and that’s a problem.

cicerone on December 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I can’t count the number of times in my life I have been called “a dumb Bohunk.” So what? The only offensive word I find in there is “dumb.” I am a Bohunk, or, Czech. Well, half. The other half is mick…er…Irish.

In some situations, a derogatory reference to a person’s race, nationality, religion, sexual practices or sex can be highly offensive. In other situations, particularly within a group, it isn’t.

On the other hand, this woman with her “The Mexican” comment IMHO meant it to be derogatory. So, she is both offensive and stupid, or, offensively stupid.

“All In The Family” and “Sanford and Son” would never see the light of day in these times. At least in those times people could see the effectiveness of laughing at and ridiculing dumb, offensive statements.

Horace on December 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

It matters not that the word “Mexican” isn’t in and of itself derogatory. It matters greatly that she referred to the Governor of her own state in an inappropriate manner in public. It would be like Chuck Schumer referring to the President as “the Keynesian”. Accurate, but improper. To respond with a typically liberal non-apology which only further insults the intelligence of everyone who hears or reads it, just doubles down on hypocrisy.

RRR4VR on December 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

FLASH: Mitt Romney has – after polling the issue extensively – come out against this woman.

See, he really, really is a conservative.

angryed on December 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM

The democrat base is a motley crew if there ever was one. Jews, black, gays, and Hispanics. None of whom like each other as a whole. It’s very bizarre that they vote en masse like good little lemmings.

SouthernGent on December 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Is it a little bit silly to make a big deal over calling someone “the mexican”? Sure, but we all know dems would have made it a huge deal had a white Republican said it so it’s time for them to get a taste of their own medicine.

clearbluesky on December 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Further proof that the public school system in this country is an abysmal failure!

How dare she be called on the carpet for her taxpayer job in the public school system. I guess she thinks the people, and the Mexicans for that matter, work for her.

Democrat = crook

Mr. Mike on December 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

That behavior of playing the system bothers me even more than her casual slur. Double standards of racism are par for the course with Dems.

There are times when I am ashamed to admit having been a public school teacher because people like Stapleton give us all a black eye. (Oops, am I allowed to even say that?)

onlineanalyst on December 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM

can you imagine if it had been a white male Republican doing this?

Lead story on an entire evening’s MSDNC and CNN’s broadcast.

The Count on December 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Come on, you know some racists are more equal than others. You got a problem with that?

Gordy on December 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Slightly OT, but still relevant in regards to the media….We just had our office “holiday” party, and there’s an attorney that we give a lot of business to who is always invited. He’s a big Obama supporter. At last year’s party he optimistically proclaimed that the next thing Obama would do is “go after the guns”. So when I saw him this year and asked him about Fast & Furious, he had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. He hadn’t heard one single word about it. But if this Stapleton lady were a Republican, you can bet he’d know all about her “the Mexican” comment.

And my wife wonders why I’m so angry all the time.

ardenenoch on December 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

It’s those “4th floor people” that you have to watch out for. Right, Stapleton?

onlineanalyst on December 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Typical bigoted liberal….. and just think of the mental midgets that voted for her…. wonder how many “Mexicans” are in her constituency. If we could clean bigoted, racist, garbage like this out of DC and state elective offices we could get our country back.

ultracon on December 17, 2011 at 5:49 PM

She’s ….. Nope, just got my ID, I don’t want to be banned.

MNH on December 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

The race card has been the left’s Excalibur for more than a generation. You can’t expect them to put it down now, even though they’ve worn it down to the point that its most prominent feature is the stamping on the hilt that reads “Property of N.B. Forrest, 1866.”

Blacksmith on December 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Mexican might not be strictly speaking be a race, but you don’t know any of them if you don’t understand that it’s an ethnicity. That woman clearly meant it as an epithet, to the same effect as if it were a race.

S. D. on December 17, 2011 at 6:26 PM

The Entitled Minority

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

nuff said

cmsinaz on December 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Awesome! So by identical logic, it’s officially okay now to call Obama “the Kenyan in the White House”, right, Dems?

Fabozz

Well played.

Mason on December 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM

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