Feb. 7 was undeniably a dark day for New Mexico. Not only because the state’s largest newspaper published a racist cartoon, but because this action spoke to a larger phenomenon occurring nationwide: white supremacist narrative being channeled through public platforms.
This demanded immediate action, for no racist rhetoric has a place in the Land of Enchantment, a minority-majority state with a long and deep history of welcoming diversity and cherishing the contributions from immigrants and refugees.
Following the publication, a broad coalition of community organizations and leaders – including ABQ Center for Peace and Justice, the Southwest Organizing Project, N.M. Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, former City Councilor and longtime activist Rey Garduño, Albuquerque Friends Meeting and the N.M. Dream Team – was formed. The coalition requested an apology from the Journal and to shape a space within their editorial decisions that includes community voices.
Today marks a good first step forward as the Journal makes a public apology, most importantly acknowledging their pledge to incorporate a diverse range of community voices into their editorial discussions.
The coalition, community members and allies welcome the following statement from the ABQ Journal, as a form of commitment to create an avenue for community dialogue with their editorial board, which will allow the diversity in New Mexico to be better represented in their pages.