One of the State’s Hispanic Affiars Commission members made an outragous comment in the Statesman Journal today.
“They’re trying to be attentive to their conservative base. Why else would they bring this up?” asked David Molina, a Beaverton businessman who sits on the Oregon Commission for Hispanic Affairs….Why then English only? Because it allows racists and nativists to pursue their dirty business with the plausible denial that they are not advocating discrimination, only Americanism,” Molina said.”
This was in response to Rep. Donna Nelson’s legislation to make english the official language of Oregon. For a citizen serving in a public leadership role designed to improve relations among ethnic communites, his words were highly political and slanderous.