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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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

So did you explain the Fake Scandal to said attorney? What was his reaction if so?

Del Dolemonte on December 17, 2011 at 6:53 PM

It’s like a Democrat “Thunderdome” up there.

That’s actually partially why I like living here in the forgotten State.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on December 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Let me understand this, in the midst of an angry confrontation, Rep Stapleton refers to a sitting gov. as “the Mexican,” and that Espinoza is carrying her water.

This, of course, is neither racial nor even necessarily criticism of Martinez. Espinoza, you know, could have been carrying that water for any number of fourth floor Mexicans. I’m sure the other fourth floor “Mexicans,” feel much more important knowing that they have Espinoza as their water carrier. Makes perfect sense. Espinoza must feel great.

For the record, both Martinez and her parents were born and raised in the United States. Her grandparents moved back and forth across the border with Mexico prior to the period where formal immigration with Mexico was established in 1924.

STL_Vet on December 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Who knew Cynthia McKinney had a sister in AZ?

Frank Drebin on December 17, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Was calling the Frog guy in The Matrix “The Merovingian” racist?

I hope Holder and the PC Police look into this pronto!

Oops! Is “pronto” racist? Hope I didn’t offend you guys.

Oops! You people.

Oops! “You people” was racist when Ross Perot said it.

Feel like an immortal dog infinitely chasing my tail.

Horace on December 17, 2011 at 8:06 PM

So the members who make a living in the private for-profit sector are following the law.

A half dozen members who receive pay in the public sector are violating their oath to their New Mexico constitution and double-dipping.

Go figure.

AshleyTKing on December 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Governor Susana, a Republican, is a tough cookie…former DA of Las Cruces, NM and getting things done up in Santa Fe, a liberal stronghold. I’m thinking Rep Stapleton is one frustrated Dem…

StarLady on December 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

The days of a minority claiming they cannot be racist are over. A racist is a racist is a racist. Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made a racist comment. End of story. Now, is it a mistake? No, she refused to apologize. She is now a proven racist.

pnkearns on December 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Does that mean we are free to call her a ni……? oh wait, nevermind.

deimos on December 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Aggressively stupid

hoosierma on December 17, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Meanwhile, the mainstream media could build a mo ument to their indifference.

itsspideyman on December 17, 2011 at 11:21 PM

if only she were a black rebulican… oh the screaming from the media, oh wait, she is a donkey so it is ok

darby on December 17, 2011 at 11:44 PM

The Entitled Minority

Kini on December 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

nuff said

cmsinaz on December 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

^ This…

“Cogito, ergo TEA Party.”

DeepWheat on December 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM

..confronting Rep. Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell) and saying Espinoza was “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor..”

O.K., O.K., I’m late to the dance on this thread; I just got up to take a whiz. But I think we all ought to settle down here. Ms Espinoza lives in New Mexico, has a Mexican surname, and probably has parents or grand parents or great grand parents who emigrated from Mexico, so why is this evil to refer to the person as “the Mexican“?

I mean, Ms Williams should not mind being called “The African“.

..oh, wait.

The War Planner on December 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

The War Planner on December 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

lol. I started reading your comment and thought you had lost it.

hawkdriver on December 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Obviously Rep. Stapleton is a proud graduate of the Al Sharpton School of Debate.

TWP on December 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Seriously need to start holding everyone accountable for what they say, or lighten up about what anyone says. I’m tired of the faux indignation when the media rails on some Conservative’s comment.

hawkdriver on December 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

I wonder if the people of New Mexico will support “the Kenyan” in 2012.

Jingo95 on December 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Had a long “discussion” about this yesterday at a local albuquerque micro-brewery with a lefty friend of mine. Guess what the out come was? “Mexican roots….it’s ok….blah blah…..

I asked if Stapleton was carrying the water for the “Black in the White House”…to which I got horrible dirty looks from the whole brewery…..and my friend still didn’t get it.

Now, understand “The Black in the White House” was just to point out to my friend exactly how racist “The Mexican on the Fourth Floor” comment was. Worst part of this is that she is a human resources “Trainer” for one of the largest federal government department offices here in town. Didn’t even dawn on her that if she the same language at work there would be a big problem.

This is why we can’t have honest discussions about race in this country. For most of my state to be explaining away Stapleton’s comment right now shows how far removed from reality most folks have become on race and political issues. And once removed from reality….there is no getting most people back.

When the starting point of any discussion about race is that the Democrat party wouldn’t vote for civil rights are the protectors of any standard of what is racists and isn’t, there is just no hope of ever making any real progress. Dr. King would have been appalled by the comment….but Democrats here are just fine with this…didn’t even make the papers that I know of.

Stapleton….by the way….works for Albuquerque Public Schools when she is not in the legislature……a school system that has many children who are from Mexico here illegally, and many who are of Hispanic origins and whose families have been here hundreds of years yet they are still called “Mexican”.

oldroy on December 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

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

Yadda, yadda, yadda…as in Hawaii, “White people” are referred to as “Haolies” (pronounced, “HOWL-eeeez”).

It means, “newcomer” or something similar, or, in other words, “not one of us, but someone who is ‘new’ or not a part of who we are.”

Why refer to ANYone as “Anglo” or anything else?

The whole obsession with “blood” and racial and/or ethnic definitions is what racism is all about, by the way. Otherwise, to non-racist perspectives, people are people.

Lourdes on December 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Stapleton….by the way….works for Albuquerque Public Schools when she is not in the legislature……a school system that has many children who are from Mexico here illegally, and many who are of Hispanic origins and whose families have been here hundreds of years yet they are still called “Mexican”.

oldroy on December 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Likely as not, because the population to which you refer self-identify AS “Mexican” — as some sort of fictitious race (“Mexican” isn’t a race but most of them insist it is, unfortunately) — and although they’re here in the U.S., they insist also, fictitiously, that they’re *also* here in Mexico (meaning, it’s still Mexico, for Mexicans, etc.).

It’s hideous to realize that people such as Stapleton is employed to teach children. The many minds she has almost certainly disturbed with her disturbed notions is a wretched thing to consider.

Lourdes on December 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Does that mean we are free to call her a ni……? oh wait, nevermind.

deimos on December 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

No, you’re not. But thanks for reminding everyone that jackassery has no racial boundaries.

As others familiar with NM have stated, calling someone a Mexican is an insult in NM. In addition, Governor Martinez isn’t a Mexican; she’s an American. And to the genius who stated that she has a “Mexican” surname, let me asked you this: if you’re an American, but have a last name like, say, ‘Smith,’ does that make you a Brit? Just wondering.

/Mom, Dad and sisters live in Albuquerque; we’re a minority within a minority there–black conservative Republicans.

baldilocks on December 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Same old story,

You can take any republican, no matter how intelligent and well spoken, and the MSM will through selective editing, cherry picked comments, and the word of opposition political hacks… portray them as bumbling morons with strone cold racist evil intent. Matthew’s, MSNBC, Olbermann, and the rest in general make their living doing this.

The independents all too often repeat the same tired falsehoods, no clue they are repeating a lie.

I had to educate a guy yesterday, who considers himself highly intelligent, that it was Tina Fey, not Sarah Palin who said she could see Russia from her house. He really didn’t want to believe it, till I pulled the qoute up online and showed him. Then after a slow pause,.. “well she’s still a moron”..

I’m amazed we ever win in this atmosphere of blind partisanship so many democrats have, they are intellectually lazy, pointedly uninformed, and when it’s pointed out, they shrugg… they just don’t care if it’s true… it feeds their prejudice, so they accept anything spoon fed to them. He knows me, knows what I do to help family, knows I’m not a cold hearted monster, but still, thinks all conservatives must be.. That he has opposite examples, he just brushs off as an outlier of no consequence.

every liberal I know does this..

mark81150 on December 18, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Likely as not, because the population to which you refer self-identify AS “Mexican” — as some sort of fictitious race (“Mexican” isn’t a race but most of them insist it is, unfortunately) — and although they’re here in the U.S., they insist also, fictitiously, that they’re *also* here in Mexico (meaning, it’s still Mexico, for Mexicans, etc.).

It’s hideous to realize that people such as Stapleton is employed to teach children. The many minds she has almost certainly disturbed with her disturbed notions is a wretched thing to consider.

Lourdes on December 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Actually…most Hispanic people I know would refer to themselves as “Spanish” or Hispanic and not self-identify as “Mexican”. New Mexico is a little different in that regard…as many (yes..not all) can trace their lineage at some point to Spain. This isn’t California….or even Arizona….many of these families have been here before rabble-rousing colonists in the east did their thing.

Funny thing is that for the most part, to paraphrase Rodney King…we do all “just get along” in New Mexico. It’s a wonderful, historical, happy-melting-pot very laid-back kind of place.

Thankfully….to the best of my knowledge….Stapleton is an mid-level administrator of some kind and not a teacher. Herein lies the whole point of why she felt picked on by the Republicans. She does what we affectionately call here “double-dipping”….a charming way to say she takes pay from two (public tax-payer funded) places while working at only one……and even though “double-dipping” is perfectly legal here in many instances (we have tremendous problems with retirees from NM State agencies getting both a pension from retirement and a salary for going back to work)….in her situation it is not OK or legal and we finally have a few (very few) Repubs with backbone enough to push the point.

oldroy on December 18, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Why haven’t we been treated to what this hideous woman really said? Am not surprised over this.

kens on December 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

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