The governor’s Institutional Racism bill was never brought to the House floor for a vote during the special session. She put it on the call but didn’t use the power of her office to get it passed. This begs the question – Why?
Could it be that Democrat leaders suddenly remembered they have controlled every institution in New Mexico for nearly 100 years? State government – public education, higher education, CYFD, corrections, health care, law enforcement and both chambers of the Legislature have been dominated by one political party for a century. If these institutions are fundamentally flawed due to systemic racism, they broke it – they own it.
Recently, ProgressNow N.M. asked Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis to resign because he failed to meet their “anti-racist” standards. This ultra-left group has anointed itself judge and jury in labeling who is racist and who isn’t, but what exactly did it learn about Davis in 2020 that it didn’t know about him all the years he ran their organization?
Regardless, Pat Davis is one of the most radical leftists in our state, and according to ProgressNow, by refusing to resign he continues “upholding racist institutions.” I wonder if, or when, leftist activists will look more closely at U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, New Mexico Rep. Brian Egolf, New Mexico. Sen. Peter Wirth, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Santa Fe Mayor Allen Webber. By the standards mandated by the radical left, these politicians have benefited from “white privilege.”
They have been raised in prominent families, educated at the most prestigious universities and given political power in a state boasting a 60% minority population. Three of them aren’t even from New Mexico. Heinrich, who lives in Maryland, is so privileged that he feels entitled to call for Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales’ resignation.
These are some of the most privileged people in our state, and they are responsible for our institutional norms – norms that have produced modern-day redlining that trap children in failing schools, and government assistance and tax policies that promote generational poverty by disincentivizing marriage. The No. 1 indicator a child will repeat the cycle of poverty is growing up in a broken or single-parent home.
According to New Mexico Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque, racism in New Mexico institutions can’t be traced to individual racists. Admitting that we have racists running our institutions is problematic for him since Democratic politicians control these institutions. Instead, he suggests institutional racism can only be fixed by spending more money.