The kind of racism that does not appear to be out of line in Albert Lea when it comes to local newspapers or plastered all over electronic signs can cost a community or a politician, big time. Billionaire Mike Fernandez is a Republican who is trying to re-elect one of the most unpopular politicians in American and he has finally given up because of the racism inherent in his campaign. You see, a pair of campaign aides to Florida Governor Rick Scott allegedly made some racist remarks and hilarity ensued:
The aftershocks of Fernandez’s resignation remain a distraction for Scott's campaign, and it underscores a key part of the Democrats' opposition strategy, that Republicans can't relate to Hispanic voters. The most explosive part of Fernandez's Feb. 20 email was his claim, first reported in The Miami Herald, that two Scott campaign aides imitated a Mexican accent while driving to a Mexican restaurant.
When Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera said Monday there was "no validity" to the Herald report, it prompted Republicans sympathetic to Fernandez to release a copy of the email, which in broader terms reveals Fernandez's uneasiness with the direction of Scott's campaign.
Fernandez's email indicates that he never heard the comments he complained about. His business partner, identified in the email only as Luis, apparently did on the way to a Chipolte Grill, a Mexican restaurant.
“It's culturally insensitive for him to hear a senior staff members [sic] mimicking a Mexican accent on the way to Chipotle. It shows that the team does not understand the culture YOU need to win,” Fernandez wrote on his iPad.
Dismissing the accusation, Lopez-Cantera said Monday: “There's no validity that we can find to any of those comments, or what was written. This is a diverse organization. We don't tolerate inappropriate comments and I don't believe they even happened.”What you see there from Mr. Lopez-Cantera is a classic example of having a tin ear for politics. You don't call a billionaire donor a liar in public because all of the other billionaires tend to notice this and stop giving your campaign money. Especially if you're a Republican and you only serve the needs of billionaires, of course. Oh and especially-especially when there's a paper trail supplied by other people who, at one time, were sympathetic to your campaign and now view you and your campaign as fried beaver shit served on an open-faced bun next to a cow turd made from your hopes and dreams.
These comments drove a man to make a decision with where he spent his money. Racism directly affects how people use their resources. Isn't it possible that Albert Lea's past issues with race, which have been isolated and largely the work of a small group of idiots, might have helped someone decide to take their money or their business elsewhere?
When you make this kind of thing normal in your community, the poverty that follows isn't just an ethical one--it can be the actual broke-ass poverty as well that will swallow things up and leave you with nothing.
By the way, when does Albert Lea get a Chipotle and why hasn't an entrepreneur applied to the franchise to start one up? If you don't have a Chipotle in your town, your town sucks whether it's racist or not. How is it that Mankato has two of them and Albert Lea doesn't have one? Granted, Mankato has a party animal state university, but most of those kids are broke. Come on, small business people. Every Chipotle I have ever been in is crazy busy all day long.