Domingo Garcia Calls Opponent "Errand Boy." Was That a Slur or Just Typical Garcia?

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Domingo, Domingo, Domingo. You were named after the day of worship. Why do you always wind up using names against other people?

Yesterday, state Representative Rafael Anchia jumped on Dallas congressional candidate Domingo Garcia for calling a black opponent an "errand boy." In a press release, Anchia said, "Calling a black man 'boy' is the stuff of Jim Crow and has no place in modern day political discourse."

Anchia and Garcia, both top Dallas Hispanic leaders, are way-back political rivals. You could chalk this one up to that, if you didn't know Garcia.

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Maybe you think it's super-sensitive to conflate "errand boy," a tepid generic insult applicable to all ethnicities, with the racist term "boy," used for centuries in this country as a form of emasculation for African-American men.

Ah, but you see, what Anchia knows -- and I remember all too well -- is that Garcia himself has always been super-sensitive to slurs. He knows exactly what they mean and how to use them.

Almost 20 years ago when he was on the Dallas City Council, Garcia was the go-to expert when the gringos at The Dallas Morning News needed a primer on what to call Mexican-Americans. He told a reporter: "When I was a kid growing up I was "Spanish-surnamed. Then I was Latin-American, then Chicano, then Mexican-American, then Hispanic. And now I'm Latino."

Nothing wrong with any of that, until you factor in his addiction to casting the political destiny of Latino-Hispanic-Surname-Whatevers -- please don't forget his own destiny, as well -- as a zero-sum contest with black people.

In 1998 he told the Morning News, "African-American power has crested. The next decade will be the period of advancement for the Latino community."

Yeah, that kind of shit always helps.

And then there is behavior. You know -- not what he says but what he does. Or doesn't do. In 1999, when the Texas House emerged from a bitter floor fight to vote up a hate-crimes bill -- listing homosexuals for the first time as a protected group -- Garcia, then a legislator, skipped the main vote.

(He's going to come back at me, I know, and say he voted yes on some irrelevant version or codicil later. All I know is that the Austin American-Statesman at the time reported he was one of very few Democrats to skip the most important vote.)

So he can't make it to the House floor to vote when it's everybody else's honor being defended. But when it's his own, watch out!

In 2001, Garcia told The Dallas Morning News that he had been a victim of racial profiling 10 years earlier while on the city council. Apparently, the cops kept pulling him over on the highway.

Therefore Garcia ordered the city manager to order the chief of police to order the department to put a red flag in the police patrol-car computer system listing Garcia's Porsche as "belonging to a City Council member."

So before that, he was getting pulled over because the police looked at his car and profiled him as a German? Ah, yes, I know this cruel practice myself. And then the cops always try to give me some story about how they're profiling me for going too fast. Oh, sure. I know anti-German profiling when I see it.

But I never thought of getting elected to the City Council so I could drive fast and be immune from getting stopped. Cool. Gotta try that in my next life. I'm going to get vanity license plates that say, "KRAUT and FURIOUS."

In 2001 Garcia went back to his us-against-black-people theme, telling the News, "Currently, in Dallas County there is only one majority Hispanic opportunity state House district in the county out of 16 total. African-Americans have four opportunity state House districts, and the black population is smaller compared to the Hispanic population."

Five years later he made some national news on the ethnic slur front by going on FOX TV and telling Bill O'Reilley that the term "illegal alien" was a racist slur.

In doing so, he managed to drag everybody else into his fight with him. He told O'Reilley (just the guy to have this kind of philosophical debate with): "Whenever you try to dehumanize a group of people by you know, calling them slaves if they're black or chattel if they're women, it's a way to try to treat them as second-class citizens under the law."

Yeah, you hear that all the time. Guy gets in a fight with his girlfriend in a bar. He starts yelling at her, "Shut the hell up, you dumb chattel!"

Ah, well. It's all in what you really mean, isn't it, and Garcia knows exactly what he means. Names are equally important to him when he can manage to append the prefix, "un," to them.

In 2006 he went national again on the ethnic-generalization front by telling Lou Dobbs that Farmers Branch Deputy Mayor Tim O'Hare, a proponent of anti-Hispanic ordinances, was " ... un-American, unchristian, un-Texan."

And I'm not saying he wasn't. I'm just saying Garcia keeps this little pocket full of rocks ready at all times and knows just how to sling them.

So is Domingo Garcia being unfairly castigated for calling an African-American opponent an "errand boy"? Ah, look, whatever else, with Garcia it's never about fair. Forget fair. When Garcia's around, the only thing you need to watch out for is his aim.

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Chlonghorn89
Chlonghorn89

Domingo makes me ashamed to be Latino, Hispanic, Chicano, Mexican.....oh to heck with it....he makes me ashamed to be Brown.

FwMystic
FwMystic

I must say after reading this story and seeing the comments, I take a certain amount of pride in Garcia's rude behavior. You see, the powers-that-be never give up political power willingly because it's the right thing to do. It has to be taken. And unfortunately, the "firsters" who have the unmitigated gall to kick the status quo in the cajones are the rude a-holes who simply won't take no for an answer. So ask yourselves this question: Why is it that the breakthrough politicians like Wiley Coyote and Garcia are the only "minority" candidates available. Is it because you would vote against any Latino regardless of his demeanor?

Daniel
Daniel

Eh, about half of the things you quoted him saying are true. The other half are asinine. (His stupidest moment, for what it's worth, was when he implied that impounding uninsured cars at the scene of an accident would be an act of oppression against Hispanics.) Just another middle-of-the-pack provincial civil servant whose ambition exceeds his intelligence. He's not quite an idiot, exactly, and his wife is good-looking, is about the best you can say for Domingo Garcia.

JB
JB

Is it just me, or does anyone else look at a picture of Domingo and imagine that, clothed in appropriate costume, he would be perfect as a Mexican bandit chief or the greasy, corrupt Alcalde of a Mexican village?

Straight from Central Casting!

Bushy Moustache
Bushy Moustache

Gold tooth and Sombrero and he's the "Ask A Mexican" avatar.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

"In 1999, when the Texas House emerged from a bitter floor fight to vote up a hate-crimes bill -- listing homosexuals for the first time as a protected group -- Garcia, then a legislator, skipped the main vote."

And yet The Stonewall Democrats endorsed him? Are most of them blind?

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

You know, I talk about this with my students all the time. --Because, just as with my students, when blacks and Hispanics argue, the White Guys always win. Keep the opponents arguing, and the other guy comes in and takes over--or in this case in Dallas, maintains control.

For years, I have gone to various events in both of our black and Hispanic communities. At each one, I hear them going on about how the "other race" is getting over, or how the "other race" is on its way out. etc...  

When I have gone to Domingo's LULAC Chorizo and Menudo breakfasts, I hear the same thing, Every time. I spaced my visits over about 2, maybe three years. It is still the same thing: We are going to o be the majority, our time is coming, our issues are the important ones, we need to keep Spanish as a requirement for _________ jobs, etc... The denial of REAL problems my students face, the real lack of desire to do ANYTHING about the rise in Hispanic teen pregnancies, the dropout rate, the lack of respect shown by Hispanic youth for their own true culture,  etc... Not one word...

No, wait. They do mention some of that. And somehow, it is always someone else's fault. So, would I use the word, "boy," when talking about a black man? No, not if I wanted to keep my teeth. However, when you have events where you denigrate other groups to promote your own kind, why am I not surprised?

rubbercow
rubbercow

The Garcias are just race hustling politicians (like 99.9% of our politicians). The hilarious part of this is that Domingo would probably undergo ethnicity-change surgery if it meant more power for him. The "Latinos" who will vote for him because he is also a "Latino" don't understand that he does not give a rat's ass about them or this city/state/nation. I am a white guy and I can honestly say that I have never voted for a candidate based solely upon their ethnicity - that would be idiotic...

Pecos_Drifter
Pecos_Drifter

What's "Keepin' It Real" in Spanish?

rubbercow
rubbercow

I don't know if there is a phrase for it, I think it is conveyed through the act of having a large mustache.

joseph l
joseph l

Doe any one know what García's chances are in the election?  Sounds like some one ought to take him on. Named among the worst legislators so now he wants to be a congressman.

Texas really needs a good Democratic congressman to counter all the rabid right wing Republicans we suffer.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

I will. If/after i'm elected, i'll do my damndest, to pass laws that would require all GOP affiliated males to have sex reassignment surgery. This way, when ever they wish to pass invasive legislation, concerning lady parts, they too, will get to be recipients to the receiving end of their proposals. Vote trannyntraining 2012 and BEYOND

Stephen Benavides
Stephen Benavides

If you pull the word "boy" out of "errand boy", when the context in which it was used referred  to Veasey doing the bidding of corporate bosses, as opposed to fighting for workers rights, then you are instigating a racial divide.  It wasn't the Garcia campaign that pulled this rabbit out of the hat, it was the Veasey campaign.  I see this as a purposeful effort to generate a negative racial divide, for no other reason than to bolster Black voters in CD 33.  Veasey just lost any respect I may have had for him, which was very little to begin with.  "Boy" may have that interpretation when used it that manner, but this was not that...not even close.

Veasey is a tool of Ace Pay Day Loans, and Harold Simmons, a Republican Billionaire.  The link between the money given to Veasey by Simmons, and the vote to allow toxic waste to be stored at a west Texas facility, owned by Simmons is a precursor of the type of legislator Veasey will be in DC, except the stakes are higher, and the PAC donations will be much larger.  Veasey is the worst example of a Republican in disguise.... 

Disguise
Disguise

Just so I'm hearing you straight, a shitty Democrat is really a Republican?  and conversely, is a shitty Republican really a Democrat?

JimS
JimS

So Domingo's use of the term was, what? Naive?

Stephen Benavides
Stephen Benavides

 I think the way he intended to use the term was spot on.  "Errand boy" is an apt description of Mr. Veasey, at least in regards to accepting donations, and then voting in a way that benefits the donors.  The Veasey campaign pulled out "boy", spun it into a racial slur, packaged it, and sold it to the highest bidder.  Going negative is expected in a high profile campaign such as this, but to fabricate racial slurs is detestable. 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Do you honestly think for 1 second that Washington isn't absolutely, totally controlled by those who make significant campaign donations (PAC's, lobbying firms, rich contributors)?

Anon
Anon

no, it was accurate. "errand boy" has absolutely no racial connotation. I use it about white people all the time - I suspect I've called Dave Neumann the errand boy of Tom Leppert in the comments of this blog, as a matter of fact. until I read this article, I'd have never so much as considered that there would be a racial interpretation. I'm not defending Garcia because I think he is slime, but this whole situation is fabricated drama. I don't know who the ultimate source of it is, but it's the reason that people hate politics (and journalism).

Guest
Guest

 Fine, Veasey is an errand man.  He's a man (Harold Simmons) who took a contribution from a guy who says he only gives money to people who are pro-business and anti-government and will work to defeat President Obama's socialist agenda.  He's an errand man who is attacking Garcia for daring to criticize management when they try to walk out on their commitments to their own workers or market destructive and unsustainable products that hurt the environment and the country.  Hes an errand man who voted for polluters for a mere $1,000 contribution.  Maybe "cheap date for the One Percent" would have been a better name to call him.

Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

1. Does Garcia's wife get a free county-wide speeding pass for her car since she's a County Commissioner?2. Did Garcia have a free statewide speeding pass as State Rep?3. Will the D33 winner get a nationwide speeding pass?4. If the spoils of the D33 campaign consist mainly of the nationwide speeding pass, what is Jason Roberts' real motivation? He rides a bike.

pencil
pencil

"Spanish-surnamed, Latin-American, Chicano, Mexican-American, Hispanic, Latino version of JWP.

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Speakim' of JWP, what happened to that mutt. Is he now one of Eric Holder's pet poodles.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

JS, Garcia has a specific view of how the VRA is supposed to work, and it's not even a stupid view.  The illegal alien dustup?  You think he's the only Hispanic leader who holds that opinion?  I have come to learn that Tim O'Hare is none of those un- words, but the ordinances in FB sure as hell were, and if you don't know the man, then you might judge him by his legislation.  Domingo's '98 quote in the DMN regarding the ascendency of Latinos?  I'm struggling to figure out how that's anything other than prophetic.

I don't want to over-defend Domingo.  He's highly political, and he'll call a name or fight a little dirty, no question.  But this lineup of quotes is quite a weak indictment.

midluv
midluv

 I would have to agree with you Jonsson. It seems that we all gravitate to isolated experiences/moments and make character calls. I have been taking a lot of time to assess the character, traits, and soul of the people around me, especially while I'm trying to decide who to vote for in District 30, but I can't bring myself to libel, slander, or obvious mudslinging. That being said, it seems that when you start throwing mud, you will also get dirty.

Although I stand in the middle. seeing how "errand boy" could be racial and how Veasey could be more proactive personally, I stand with Garcia. I stand with him because, as Gromers of DMN pointed out a long time ago, I have never seen a campaign work so hard to reach each individual voter.

Long hard conversations. Organizers dialogues. Healthy social debates.

Just a few days ago I met a man who just had tripple bipass and a new heart valve a few months ago. He was out in the field trying to make sure other elderly people were empowered to vote. He was with the Garcia group and at the end of the day, seniors still vote in high numbers.....for which canidate? time will tell, but the campaign is working VERY WELL (that rhymed....yay)

JimS
JimS

Maybe not an indictment, but not a character reference either, is it?

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

After reading this blog post and suddenly feeling the urge that I want to go eat some tacos. Does this make me a racist? Or is it just lunch time?

G_David
G_David

¿How about a pound of seasoned ground beef culled from the impessive moustache of Señor Garcia?

JimS
JimS

Makes you more of a cannibal.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

That still doesn't quell my hunger, though. Will my insatiable appetite and lust for human, I mean, animal flesh ever be satisfied. 

NewsDog
NewsDog

I guess the errand boy wasn't delivering a packet of absentee ballots from Garcia's 'cousins' that had just 'moved' to district 33 so they could 'vote' for him.

watchingsouthdetroit
watchingsouthdetroit

What does one expect?  Garcia was such an a_hole when he was in the state legislature that he had to beg others to submit bills for him since the other legislators would not vote for anything sponsored with the "Garcia" name.

Texas Monthly magazine put him on their list of worst legislators.  Does any intelligent and honest person really want this person representing this district in congress?  He will be a total embarrassment - just like when he was in the state legislature.  Look at the campaign finance reports.  He is putting in much of his own money because few other people will contribute to his campaign.

He talks about gas guzzlers mad by GM but drives foreign made sports cars.  Total hypocrisy.

I wish I lived in district 33 so I could vote against him.  He and I have something in common.  Garcia doesn't live in district 33 either.  He doesn't care about anyone in 33, he just wants to be in congress.  If Garcia gets there, he will not need the people in 33 until the next election cycle.  Just a sleazy wannabee in search of an election.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

"Errand boy" carries no racial meaning to me, but he does sound like a douche. Also no racial meaning.

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