May 23, 2003
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There was a very interesting
full-page advertisement on page B3B of the May 21
Wall Street Journal.
Published by something calling
itself the National Hispanic Policy Institute [no
], and signed by
state senator Efrain Gonzalez, Jr.,
], it was entitled simply "An Open
Letter to Karl Rove."
The NHPI knows whom to call in the
After saluting Rove`s
to Hispanics ("As staunch supporters of
President Bush, we have been heartened by your public
statements about reaching out to the country`s
), the NHPI asks whether
Rove`s statements "reflect a true concern by the Bush
White House for the vital interests of our community or
are they only political rhetoric?"
This pressure group`s immediate
concern, it turns out, is not amnesty for illegal
aliens, the matricula consular,
for illegal aliens, or even Cinco de Mayo piñata parties
White House lawn
in the United States.
The ad asks the administration to
intervene with the
Federal Communications Commission
to block the
proposed merger of Clear Channel and HBC, which would
effect a merger of Clear Channel and Univision, the two
largest Spanish-language broadcasters in the
NHPI`s complaint is not
. It is that the heads
of the merging companies (Lowry Mays and Jerry Perenchio)
are "NON-Hispanic media tycoons"
who have not
given Hispanics senior jobs in their companies.
NHPI`s letter raises the specter of
Hispanic retaliation at the polls if the White House
stands by and permits those NON-Hispanic media tycoons
to "merge and dominate the nation`s Spanish-language
market and, in turn, Latino culture.
No melting-pot nonsense here.
The letter is interesting on a
number of levels. Hispanic pressure groups know whom to
call to get Bush`s ear, and claim that they can punish
Bush at the ballot box if he does not come to heel. And
insisting that Spanish-language media be controlled by
Latin Americans is pure ethnic power politics and
favoritism - but acceptable in our double-standard
Can anyone imagine federal agency
taking seriously a demand by white Americans for federal
action against over-representation in the media of any
other ethnic group?