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Cruz Out of Control
NRO ^ | September 2, 2003, 8:45 a.m. | John J. Miller

Posted on 09/02/2003 6:26:43 PM PDT by swilhelm73

Cruz Bustamante meant to say "Negro." But he said something else instead, and California's lieutenant governor has been apologizing for it ever since.

The scene was a February 2001 awards dinner sponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists at a Holiday Inn in Emeryville. Bustamante was reading a speech and rattling off a list of black labor unions. When he got to one called the National Negro American Labor Council, he didn't say "Negro." He used a different N-word instead.

About one-quarter of the 400 people in the room left in protest, according to master of ceremonies Marshall Walker. (Other estimates suggested that fewer people walked out.)

When Bustamante finished his remarks, he knew he had done something wrong. "If you heard what I think I heard, I want you to know it wasn't me," he said. "It's not the way I was raised, it's not the way I was taught, it's not the way I raise my children, and it's not what's in my heart."

Not everybody was persuaded.

Gwendalyn Bello, event attendant: "I was appalled he would even say it as a slip," she told the San Francisco Chronicle. "You don't make a slip like that unless it is something you say normally. It simply shouldn't have been said. In any context, it shouldn't have been said."

Shannon Reeves, president of the NAACP's Oakland chapter: "His attempt to cover it up by calling it a 'slip,' is, particularly, insolent," she said in a statement. "Is this how he plans to build bridges between our communities?"

Peggy Watts, a union official also at the dinner: "When you hear it with your own ears, and hear that ring in your ears, it's indescribable," she told the San Jose Mercury News. "We have to hold politicians accountable for their actions, and if we don't do that, what is our struggle for?"

Bustamante spent several days apologizing for what he said, and many liberals tried to offer him cover. Alice Huffman, president of the California NAACP, and Rod Wright, chairman of the legislative black caucus, defended the lieutenant governor. Wright wondered why the media was bothering to cover the story at all.

The controversy over Bustamante and the N-word was mostly forgotten within a week or two. Today it's only commemorated in lengthy profiles of Bustamante, and then as an unfortunate "slip of the tongue."

One question: Would the Left be so forgiving if Arnold Schwarzenegger or Tom McClintock had made a similar gaffe a few years ago? Somebody should ask Trent Lott.


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: cruz; recall

1 posted on 09/02/2003 6:26:44 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73
Can't wait to hear more of this silver-tongued smoothy in the debates.

Should be fun.
2 posted on 09/02/2003 6:32:54 PM PDT by b9
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To: doodlelady
Hey Cruz, can you say Arnold's last name for us??? ;)
3 posted on 09/02/2003 6:35:42 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: swilhelm73
""Is this how he plans to build bridges between our communities?"


Classic liberal speak.




Mecha used the word all the time- they hated blacks. He will not denounce mecha in any way. The conclusion is he at least hated blacks, even if in the past.
4 posted on 09/02/2003 6:37:56 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals
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To: swilhelm73
LOL! Yeh Cruz, I dare ya!
5 posted on 09/02/2003 6:41:37 PM PDT by b9
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To: swilhelm73
"It's not the way I was raised, it's not the way I was taught, it's not the way I raise my children, and it's not what's in my heart."

Sure Cruz..... that's why you associate with groups like "The Race" and MEChA which are very racist hate groups.

6 posted on 09/02/2003 6:51:15 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: swilhelm73
Old story.

Only those who should care don't; they'll vote for him anyway.

7 posted on 09/02/2003 6:59:19 PM PDT by South40
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To: swilhelm73
You know, that just isn't a word that rolls of my tongue like it apparently does for Cruz. It is a very hard word for me to say and I would be very, very conscious of using it.
8 posted on 09/02/2003 6:59:23 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: swilhelm73
Is the author kidding? The left would crucify any Republican who dared EVEN use the word "negro" as used at the beginning of this article.

If the "n" word were used by a republican (and not by Robert Byrd or Bustamante), I'm convinced they'd be charged with a "hate" crime, prosecuted, and imprisoned.

And I'm serious.

9 posted on 09/02/2003 6:59:36 PM PDT by xzins (In the Beginning Was the Word!)
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To: swilhelm73
Thanks for posting this! Wonder what Cruz is going to do in the debates?
10 posted on 09/02/2003 7:13:58 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Alpha Omnicon Pi Mom too!)
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To: xzins
Look what happened to the guy who used the word "nigardly" in a sentence. He was kicked out of office!
11 posted on 09/02/2003 7:16:04 PM PDT by irishtenor (I AM in shape, round is a shape, ya know.)
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To: xzins
If the "n" word were used by a republican (and not by Robert Byrd or Bustamante), I'm convinced they'd be charged with a "hate" crime, prosecuted, and imprisoned.

I agree with that 100% and it would only take minutes for that to become Breaking News on the cable channel!

12 posted on 09/02/2003 7:16:04 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Alpha Omnicon Pi Mom too!)
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To: xzins
Eyup.

Prairie
13 posted on 09/02/2003 7:19:15 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (de Villipin wants UN approval for all military actions...ever. I fart in his general direction!!)
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To: swilhelm73
Oh I do things like that all of the time. Lots of times I mean to say Mexico but it comes out as Wetbacklandia.slip of the tongue.
14 posted on 09/02/2003 7:22:38 PM PDT by novacation
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To: irishtenor
I remember that story. Who and where was that?
15 posted on 09/02/2003 7:23:40 PM PDT by xzins (In the Beginning Was the Word!)
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To: xzins
http://www.adversity.net/special/niggardly.htm
16 posted on 09/02/2003 7:27:13 PM PDT by swilhelm73
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To: novacation
Oh I do things like that all of the time. Lots of times I mean to say Mexico but it comes out as Wetbacklandia.slip of the tongue.

I have a similar problem.

For many years I've pronounced the word "Messico".

Now I can't help it; that's just the way it comes out.

Kind of like GWB when he says "nucular".

17 posted on 09/02/2003 7:36:47 PM PDT by South40
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To: swilhelm73
Thanks. Rereading it made me laugh all over again.
18 posted on 09/02/2003 7:36:58 PM PDT by xzins (In the Beginning Was the Word!)
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To: Rabid Republican
"You know, that just isn't a word that rolls of my tongue like it apparently does for Cruz. It is a very hard word for me to say and I would be very, very conscious of using it."

Sometimes, when you're trying not to say something, it's in the front of you're mind, and it just pops out (e.g. don't mention the hooker...don't mention the hooker...don't mention the hooker "Hi honey, I just talked to a hooker!" Dammit!) But in this case why should it have been in his mind at all at that time, unless it's a word he thinks of when he's around black people or sees the word 'negro'.

It reminds me a little of when that TV station misspelled the name Niger Ellis on air - but that seemed genuinely a mistake while this really tells us something about Bustamente.

19 posted on 09/02/2003 7:45:50 PM PDT by A. Goodwin
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To: swilhelm73
It wasn't his fault. They shouldn't not have named the union what they did, with such a tricky, easy to mispronounce word in it. He should sue.
20 posted on 09/02/2003 7:45:57 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all things that need to be done need to be done by the government.)
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To: xzins
I can't remember, but I think it was back east.
21 posted on 09/02/2003 7:51:26 PM PDT by irishtenor (I AM in shape, round is a shape, ya know.)
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To: A. Goodwin
Agreed - it's never in the back of my mind so it would never slip off of my tongue.
22 posted on 09/02/2003 8:09:31 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: swilhelm73
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23 posted on 09/02/2003 8:33:11 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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