The Albuquerque Journal Published a Blatantly Racist Cartoon Depicting Immigrants and Refugees as Thugs, Gang Members and Terrorists; Criminalizing Communities of Color and Fueling White Supremacists
For Immediate Release
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Albuquerque, N.M. – The following is a statement by Gabriela Hernandez, executive director for NM Dream Team & southwest regional organizer for United We Dream, on the decision by the Albuquerque Journal –N.M.’s largest newspaper– to publish a racist cartoon depicting immigrants and refugees as thugs, gang members and terrorists:
“The Albuquerque Journal finally showed its true colors before the eyes of all New Mexicans. Their decision to publish a grotesquely racist cartoon stereotyping immigrants as thugs, gang members and terrorists is beyond WRONG. But by doing so they have sent a clear message they are willing to use their platform –as NM’s largest newspaper– to spread hate and support for a white supremacy agenda.
“Without a doubt, the Journal intentionally placed the explicitly derogatory cartoon to try and poison the minds of New Mexicans with Trump-like rhetoric, by pinning them against immigrants and other people of color within their communities –fueling white supremacists to continue polarizing immigration issues.
“This is not the job of a journalistic institution!
“New Mexico deserves true journalistic institutions that drive the truth into people’s homes, not hate and intolerance. Using such a platform to distort, manipulate or wrongly influence the public is beyond reprehensible.
“This latest show of bigotry does not reflect the true nature and values of the people of our state –with a proud history of welcoming diversity and cherishing the cultural, social and economic contributions from immigrant families.
“We must continue pushing back against this sort of fear mongering and misrepresentation of our communities. We will continue fighting for the dignity and justice of all New Mexicans; regardless of their country of origin, religion, gender or sexual identity.
“Hate, bigotry, xenophobia or racism have no place in N.M. and neither should a newspaper attempting to divide our communities through the spread of a racist ideology”.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.