Ethnic Politics

In a move that angered other Hispanic groups, the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic interest group, supported Alberto Gonzalez’s nomination as Attorney General (as did the League of United Latin American Citizens), and last night they actually gave him an award.

Other Hispanic groups, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, did not and do not support Gonzalez, and are not pleased with the Hispanic groups that do. Similarly,

Eugenio Arene, executive director of the Council of Latino Agencies, a Washington-based organization that represents Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans, and is affiliated with La Raza, said the move ignored the plight of Central Americans.

His group apparently does not represent Cubans. I wonder if it ignores their plight?

It will be interesting see how many women’s groups and civil rights groups support the nominations of Judge Priscilla Owen, a woman, and California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, a black woman, to U.S. circuit court judgeships. Of course these political groups are entirely free to determine their own interests and priorities, but to be consistent shouldn’t they advocate measures to ensure that no women and no blacks who hold views they regard as antithetical to women’s interests and black interests are given any employment and admissions preferences?

Say What?