Founder of La Raza bar assoc: If you don’t like CA as ‘Hispanic state,’ go back to Europe

Founder of La Raza bar assoc: If you don’t like CA as ‘Hispanic state,’ go back to Europe
"Racists" gallery. (Images; Trump -- Screen grab of FBN video; Curiel -- Wikipedia)

It keeps unraveling.  The La Raza Lawyers of California bar association, of which Judge Gonzalo Curiel is a member through the La Raza Lawyers of San Diego chapter, was founded by Mario Obledo, who repeatedly confirmed that he had said “Hispanics” would be taking over California’s political institutions, and those who didn’t like that should leave the state.

That’s according to documented research done by in 2010.  Breitbart’s Brandon Darby reported on it on Thursday, 9 June, as the counter-backlash in the Trump-Curiel kerfuffle continued to grow.

Darby quotes Snopes:

Mario Obledo was a co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the La Raza Lawyers of California bar association, and he formerly served as California’s Secretary of Health and Welfare. We don’t know exactly when and where he first made his controversial statement about California’s becoming a “Hispanic state,” but he has confirmed he said it at least twice: during an appearance on Ray Briem’s talk radio show in May or June of 1998, and again on Tom Leykis’ talk radio show:

Obledo: “We’re going to take over all the political institutions of California. In five years the Hispanics are going to be the majority population of this state.”

Caller: “You also made the statement that California is going to become a Hispanic state, and if anyone doesn’t like it, they should leave. Did you say that?”

Obledo: “I did. They ought to go back to Europe.”

Darby quotes from the Obledo obituary in the New York Times as well:

When someone put up a sign at the California border saying, “Illegal Immigration State,” he threatened to burn it down personally.

He ignited an explosive response in 1998 when he said in a radio interview that Hispanics were on the way to taking over all of California’s political institutions. He suggested that people who did not like it go back to Europe.

Every time the string is pulled on one of these contretemps now, it turns out that the narrative insisted on by the MSM and the political establishment falls somewhere between “questionable” and “a big lie.”  Tiffany Gabbay also points out at Truth Revolt that Curiel’s San Diego chapter of the La Raza Lawyers lists the National Council of La Raza as a “community member.”  That certainly clarifies that the lawyers’ group is satisfied to be publicly associated with the radical political organization.  The bar association is at no pains to disavow the implications from taking the name “La Raza.”

And yes, of course that matters.  A police chief who snuggles up to La Raza (the political organization) has just demonstrated how he feels about the Americans who support Donald Trump, by culpably refusing to deploy and operate his police force as the citizens of San Jose, California have every right to expect him to.  Chief Eddie Garcia ought to be fired immediately, and there’s probably a basis for bringing him up on charges.  This isn’t an ambiguous situation.  It’s crystal clear.  Garcia’s cops were under orders to stand by and let terrorists run rampant, and violently attack citizens peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.

It’s no accident that Garcia is both linked to La Raza and deliberately delinquent in his duties to the public.  It’s exactly the outcome we should expect from his connection with La Raza.

No more playing a losing game on this.  You can’t name yourself “La Raza” and expect to be accorded the benefit of the doubt.  There is no universe in which calling yourself “The Race” is not about wanting to unlawfully, unequally, and unjustly vaunt the supposed interests of one “race” — in whatever invidious way you define it — over others.

There may not be anything that needs doing about the Trump U. case or Judge Curiel.  That’s for the Trump defense team to work out.  I never cared about the case; it sounds like a lot of smoke, mirrors, and lawyer-boosted he-said-she-said to me.  The Trump U. case isn’t what matters here.  Judge Curiel may well be giving it fair consideration, even though experienced litigators and jurists have weighed in to say that Trump has a strong point about possible bias.

But what matters is the whole Big Lie apparatus that goes into overdrive to hide genuine “race” bias from the public — the bias-narrative long used for shakedowns, and now being used to literally put innocent citizens in physical danger.  La Raza, like Black Lives Matter and other radical organizations, is the racist organization it accuses others of being.  I wholeheartedly affirm that the KKK is racist.  So is La Raza, and in exactly the same way: with hatred, and determination to inflict unequal treatment on other people based on La Raza’s conception of “race” distinctions.

Ordinary people of goodwill need to all stop letting these radical groups distort our public discourse and fatally divide us.  Letting divisive race talk into the public square isn’t some harmless form of multicultural outreach.  It’s the seed of balkanization and bloody domestic strife.  No more free passes for race-baiting extortion and lawlessness.  No more lies.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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