As a former resident of Kansas City, I have followed the Frances Semler versus La Raza dustup with some interest. And while I agree with the people who have written in voicing their approval of the mayor’s stand of not caving in to the extortion tactics of La Raza, I believe several far more important facts have been missed.
One: The real loser in this affair has been the local Hispanic community. One can only imagine the increase in business that local Mexican restaurants and other Hispanic businesses would have enjoyed. Were I a member of this community, I believe I might be tempted to ride Ms. Murguia out of town on a rail.
Two: Ms. Murguia’s stance that this was over the fact that Ms. Semler was a member of the parks board is ridiculous. The convention is now moving to San Diego. The last time I checked, Duncan Hunter, a congressman from San Diego, is probably the leading voice against illegal immigration in the United States. Further, he is a presidential candidate and the sponsor of the bill to build a fence across the entire border. A bill that passed, I might add.