Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Baca better back off

Man, Rep. Joe Baca, head of the Congressinoal Hispanic Committee, is whack. Fellow California Rep. Loretta Sanchez alleges that he called her a whore, and has quit the CHC, along with a bunch of other members, including progressive representtives Hilda Solis and Raul Grijalva.

If the allegation is accurate, what is this man doing as an elected official?!?!?! I have heard of tone deaf electeds, but this is "friendly" fire gone terribly wrong. Leave it to the Democrats to tear each other apart after working so long to regain the majority. What about some stately behavior, please!

His brand of crazy humor is best exemplified by this anecdote:

Once, he tried to organize a softball game between the Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus, suggesting members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus could serve as umpires. The game was not held.

Can you imagine the looks on the faces of the distinguished civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, who was beat down for participating in the Freedom Rides of the 1960s? Or what Congressman Mike Honda, who was interned as a child during world War II, thought?

Baca has piss poor taste, even frat boy taste in humor to suggest something that drives a deeper wedge amongst communities of color, to play black off brown and have yellow ruling, judging above all. Messed up, man. He should apologize, and quick. Or at least try to smooth over ill feelings so that Latinos have a cohesive, representative body in Congress.

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