John Frank, dean of McClatchy’s school of creative writing, is back from sabbatical with newly-sharpened crayons — ready to dazzle us with even more preposterous portside pontification (PPP™). Mr. Frank is apparently upset that the McCrory administration is closing the state’s Office of Latino Affairs. (To prove to the PC-crowd that he is “down with the struggle,” Mr. Frank has teamed up on this bit of PPP with señor Franco Ordonez.) :
North Carolina’s Latino advocates are voicing alarm following the governor’s decision to eliminate the state’s office for Latino affairs.
The closing of the Office of Hispanic/Latino affairs was sudden and caught many by surprise. The move appears to have exacerbated the already tense relationship between Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the Latino community.
Advocates says it sends a message that McCrory and Raleigh conservatives are less concerned with the needs of the Latino community. Paradoxically, it comes at a time when issues of deep concerns, like immigration, are at the political forefront.
MMM-hmmm. *RAAAAAAAACISM.* John — you and señor Ordonez caught our wily governor red-handed. Let’s see what Gov. McCrory’s African-American chief-of-staff, Thomas Stith, has to say about all of this:
A spokesperson for the governor said the office was not being closed, but that its duties were being shifted to the office of community and constituent affairs.
“We are committed to serving the needs of all of North Carolina’s citizens,” Thomas Stith, the governor’s chief of staff, said in a statement. “We don’t segment our constituents by race or cultural background, any more than we separate them by age or gender.
*Shocking.* You’ve got to give Mr. Stith some credit, though. At least he didn’t have to wrangle up someone with a Hispanic-sounding name to co-author his statement.