National Council of La Raza to Limbaugh: Stop Dividing Blacks and Latinos With Trayvon Tragedy

The following conversation was part of the March 27 airing of the Rush Limbaugh show. Looks like Rush is trying to "play the race card" by creating an illusion that US Latinos should be upset that George Zimmerman is being treated unfairly because he is Hispanic. What Rush fails to understand is that the Trayvon tragedy is not about Latino/Black crime, it is about one human being with a gun who killed an unarmed human being.

And Rush, please spare us from the lectures of what it is to be Latino in America in the 21st century? Latinos are working hard in their communities to combat racism and also to unify with other Americans who see the injustice of a situation where Zimmerman has yet to be arrested. Arrest him, and let the courts decide. Anything else is just pendejadas. After reading the transcript that follows, we shared what the National Council of La Raza has to say about this. Leave the actual knowledge about US Latinos to others? Thanks.

RUSH: Here is Robert, Texarkana, Texas, great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hey, Rush! My question today, or more of an observation, would be: Where is (I hope I'm saying this correctly) La Raza or any of the other Hispanic leadership or the Hispanic community standing behind Zimmerman, seeing as how he is the victim, how he was assaulted, and you don't hear anyone standing up for him from the Hispanic community.

RUSH: You know, that's an interesting point. You're right. I haven't heard a word from La Raza about this.

CALLER: It just takes me back. I guess it doesn't further any of their goals. My wife is Hispanic, and she is asked every day –

RUSH: Wait a minute, now. We've learned, I've got it right here, that George Zimmerman is a registered Democrat. He's not a conservative. He's not a Republican.

CALLER: Right. Where is anyone coming to his aid? He was assaulted –

RUSH: Well, look, one thing: He did pull the trigger on the kid. Until we know what happened, it's gonna be tough for somebody to come out and defend that, but clearly you can speak up for him on this bounty, for crying out loud.

CALLER: Yes. The bounty is just absurd. I just cannot believe that they're allowing this to happen here in America.

RUSH: Yeah, that is mind-boggling to me. That's a great way to put it: They're "allowing" it.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: It's being permitted. It is stupefying. It really is. But once they label Zimmerman — the New York Times, once they label him — a "white Hispanic," then that's a built-in excuse for La Raza to take the day off. 

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: I also have a minor, minor La Raza correction. There is, or I should say there was, a piece posted at La Raza by Janet Murguia who is president and CEO of the NCLR, whatever that is — oh, National Council of La Raza. And it's a report of an article posted at the Huffing and Puffington Post, and it was posted at La Raza about Zimmerman. I said there was nothing there about Zimmerman, there is, but it's on March 22nd. It's five days ago. And it's actually just a repost from the Huffing and Puffington Post: "Complete Investigation Vital for Justice in the Trayvon Martin Case." This piece never mentions Zimmerman as being Hispanic on the La Raza website. It calls for a thorough investigation because there's such a long history of race crimes against African-Americans, on the La Raza site, but it doesn't say anything about Zimmerman being Hispanic. Here's a little ditty here from the article they posted five days ago. "Unfortunately, Trayvon Martin's death reminds us of a frightening time in our country's history when violent crimes perpetrated against African-Americans went unreported or were protected by law enforcement authorities." So that's what's posted five days ago at La Raza. So the caller was right. Nobody in the Hispanic activist community is piping up here. Here's Greg in Chatham, New Jersey. Welcome to the program. Great to have you, sir.

CALLER: Yes, thanks, Maha Rushie. Rush, to my knowledge no one has yet taken a poll of the Hispanic-eligible voters who may seem, in light of Obama's comments, to have taken sides against them and for Trayvon. I just wanted to get your comments on that.

RUSH: Well, I understand your thinking. I think that's a little premature. He did pull the trigger. He did shoot and kill Trayvon Martin. That is a tough thing to stand up and defend, the act itself. So I think people are waiting to see the final detailed version of the story whenever that happens. Now, whether the Hispanic community decides someday to get upset at Obama for choosing sides on this remains to be seen. It depends on what the details of the story are, I would think. And then to assume that the media is gonna go out and do a poll that would end up showing something negative for Obama on this is another stretch. But you never know. It could happen.

This is what NCLR said in a statement to CNN:

"We really regret people trying to use this to divide blacks and Latinos," said Lisa Navarrette, a spokeswoman for La Raza. "It's disturbing to us that Rush Limbaugh has this theory. The only time he apparently cares about what happens to a Latino is when they may have happened to kill a young African-American man. The fact that George Zimmerman is Latino is irrelevant to his actions. Personally that's the media's fault. Everything has to fit into a narrative and a paradigm. Initially it was a white guy who shot a black kid. Now they've split the difference."

"Unfortunately, being Hispanic does not mean that you aren't capable of bigotry or discrimination," Navarrette said. "It does not condone or preclude him (Zimmerman) from having acted in a discriminatory manner."