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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
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June, 2005

OFFERING NO APOLOGY
BY ANTONIO R. SERNA

President Fox of Mexico should be admired for his courage and rectitude by not offering an apology for the statement he made about the fact that the low paying jobs that no one wants to accept in this country are being filled by Mexican immigrants. He refused to play the hand of the African American leadership that wants to use him in their political shenanigans by demanding from him an official apology. President Fox was delivering his speech in Spanish, when he used the word "Negros" in referring to the black labor force that is historically the lowest paid ethnic group in the country. To emphasize his point, he made reference to them for a better understanding of those who have no idea of what kind of work he was referring to. He could not refer to them as African Americans because not all of them have African ancestry. Some come from Australia, Asia, the Pacific and many other ethnicities. The commonality by which all of them can be referred to is the cast of their skin which is traditionally considered black. Consequently, we have always referred to them as blacks. There is nothing wrong by being referred to on the basis of one’s skin hue. We for instance refer to non blacks as whites for the purpose of differentiation. Why is referring to blacks by the hue of their skin resented while doing the same with whites is not? The simple reason is purely the conditioning of the mind. Why do we for instance refer to black as a color? Black is the absence of all colors. White as a matter of fact is the presence of all colors. The real colored people therefore are the whites. But black or white, color or hue, means nothing, unless we condition our minds to what they represent.
African Americans whom I have consulted about President Fox’s reference to blacks as "Negros" do not resent the statement. It is their political leaders who never miss an opportunity to find an issue or situation by which to grind their political axes. It is sad that African Americans are being used as fodders by their own leaders in the pursuit by the latter of their political fortunes. Is it not sad that it takes a courageous Mexican president to expose the cheap political shenanigans of the supposed black leadership by standing firm on what is clearly right. He regrets that his statement was resented by some quarters but he has no reason to apologize.
President Fox Should not Apologize

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