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Media Contact: Miguel Lopez
Media Contact: Miguel Lopez
September 25, 2012
Proponents of Amendment 64 Brag about Endorsement from
Denver, CO: Yesterday the Amendment 64 camp was proud to announce their excitement over an endorsement by Tom Tancredo, someone who only garnered around 13% of the popular vote for governor and well known racist who has made comments such as:
”Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country. You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you’re in the United States of America. You would certainly say you’re in a Third World country.” Tom Tancredo
“…people who could not even spell the word ‘vote’ or say it in English put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House.” Tom Tancredo (in reference to President Obama winning the 2008 election)
“If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case … which is from my point of of view any way … nothing more than a … Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.” Tom Tancredo
It is interesting to note that the camp at Amendment 64 wrote, “Whether you agree with his positions on other issues on not, we hope you appreciate the importance of having someone like him endorse Amendment 64.”
Well, actually no. It is hard to appreciate the importance of having someone with staunchly racist views on communities most affected by prohibition endorsing the end of prohibition. That is the equivalent of appreciating the importance of a child molester who endorses building public playgrounds. He obviously stands to gain something to his advantage.
So why even mention Tancredo’s support at all? Are they afraid to alienate themselves from their ghost donors that they choose to promote endorsements from people who do not have a good view in the public eye? You would think with the lead in the polls that it wouldn’t be necessary to even mention Tancredo, unless that is if Tancredo or his supporters are benefitting from the mention. It definitely stands to reason that is the case.
This is just more evidence to show that the Amendment 64 has been created for those who will continue to benefit from the criminal penalties being left in place. The same people who have benefited from prohibition itself. Prohibition has disproportionally affected minority communities, communities that Tancredo has shown deep antipathy towards in the past.
Amendment 64 will disproportionally affect minority communities by perpetuating the disparity between the have and the have-nots. It is time for Colorado to move past its racist history and disavow herself and her policies from racist people such as Tom Tancredo.
Vote NO on 64 and demand a more equal and fair law that removes ALL criminal penalties!