Racist Rage in LA

“Bonin thinks he’s fucking black. He handled his young black son as though he were an accessory. They’re raising him like a little white kid. I was like, this kid needs a beatdown. Let me take him around the corner and then I’ll bring him back.” 

That was Los Angeles city council president Nury Martinez in a recently revealed conversation from 2021. The “black son” was the adopted African American child of councilman Michael Bonin. For Martinez, president of the city council, the eight-year-old “parece changuito,” meaning “he’s like a monkey.” That brought a response from councilman Kevin de León. 

“Bonin handles the toddler like when Nury brings her little yard bag or the Louis Vuitton,” said de León, prompting Martinez to add, “su negrito, like on the side.” Later in the conversation, De León said, “Mike Bonin won’t fucking ever say peep about Latinos. He’ll never say a fucking word about us.” 

Martinez later turned on LA County District Attorney George Gascón, born in Cuba and presumably a Latino. “Fuck that guy,” she said. “He’s with the blacks” and it was the “white members on this council that will motherfuck you in a heartbeat.” And those “judios”—Jews—were going to “screw everybody else.” And so on from the council members, all Democrats. 

“This discussion was about carving up the city into racial political districts,” commentator Larry Elder told American Greatness. “LA is roughly 50 percent Hispanic, yet the city council is ‘only’ one third Hispanic. In the left-wing world of equal outcome and ‘equity,’ this is unacceptable. The unstated premise in this discussion between the four Hispanic leaders is that Hispanics politicians must represent Hispanics, black politicians can only represent blacks and so forth.” 

As Elder also wonders, “How then is it ‘fair’ that a black man, Barack Obama, could be elected president, let alone govern, in a country with a population just 13 percent black? Is there an Hispanic position on crime? On homelessness? On inflation? This is stupid, insulting, and divisive.” 

In California and across the nation, the focus was on the council members’ racism. That racism should be no surprise, however,particularly from de León, a political descender of sorts. Termed out of the state Senate, he failed to oust U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2018. 

In 2017, de León began claiming that his father was a Chinese cook born in Guatemala, and that he grew up on both sides of the border. The story defied belief, like Elizabeth Warren’s claim to be a Cherokee. Yet the Sacramento Bee’s Christopher Cadelago basically took the senator’s word for everything.  

De León authored Senate Bill 54, California’s sanctuary legislation because, as he explained, “half my family” would be eligible for deportation under President Trump. Despite claims to the contrary, the sanctuary law protects violent criminal illegals.  

In late 2018 in Newman, California, false-documented illegal Gustavo Perez Arriaga, also known as Paulo Virgen Mendoza, gunned down police officer Ronil Singh. The shooter had gang connections and the murder victim was a legal immigrant from Fiji who came to the United States to become a police officer. 

In 2014, criminal illegal Luis Bracamontes gunned down Sacramento police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis. In court, the Mexican national said he wished he had killed more cops and yelled “black lives don’t matter” at family members. Senator de León kept rather quiet over those crimes and showed no regrets about his sanctuary law. The California state Senate boss (2014-18) also had a problem with Asian women. 

In 2017, the Senate celebrated the late New Left icon and former state senator Tom Hayden, a fervent supporter of Communist Vietnam. When Vietnamese refugee Janet Nguyen spoke out against Hayden, the Democrats shut down the Republican’s microphone, then had her carted off the Senate floor. This too should come as no surprise. 

California has institutionalized the equal-opportunity racism rooted in La Raza Cosmica, by José Vasconselos, who once served as Mexico’s education minister. According to Vasconcelos, Mexico’s Ibero-American race is destined to surpass all others. The black race, “eager for sensual joy, intoxicated with dances and unbridled lust,” will fade away. So will the “Mongol,” with his “slanted eyes and lack of boldness for new enterprises.” The “Indian” is simply inferior and when it comes to education the “white” race ranks at the bottom. 

As the razaista contends, “any teacher can corroborate that the children and youths descended from Scandinavians, Dutch and English found in North American Universities are much slower, almost dull, compared to the mestizo children and youths from the south.” Such is the erudition of Vasconcelos, who once ran for president of Mexico. 

Back in the 1940s, when the inferior Yankee “anglos” were tangling with National Socialist Germany, Vasconcelos was editing the pro-Nazi Timon magazine. For Mexican American Communist Bert Corona, Vasconcelos was an outright fascist and his theories a variant of the racial superiority dogma advanced by Hitler. See Memories of Chicano History: The Life and Narrative of Bert Corona, by Mario Garcia. 

Vansconcelos’ razaismo never caught on in Latin America but in 1979 the Chicano Studies department at Cal State LA republished La Raza Cosmica in a bilingual edition. The racist ideas of a Nazi collaborator are now part of “ethnic studies” curricula and the inspiration for groups such as MEChA, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, which pines for the lost raza homeland that leftists created in the 60s. 

This is what fuels the racism on display from LA Democrats, about the changuito, the “little monkey” who needs a “beatdown,” the negrito who is like a “little yard bag.” Martinez also went off on the indigenous people of Mexico’s Oaxaca state as “tan feos,” or “so ugly.”

As locals noticed, that kind of talk has nothing to do with redistricting. People might wonder what Martinez and de León would say about the Haitian children adopted by the family of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. 

Consider also Patty and Wayne Judge, who adopted the biracial Aaron Judge, now the major leagues’ single-season home run king. Was Aaron raised “like a little white kid?” The LA Democrats have a problem with kids and parents like that. If anybody thought this was outright racism it would be hard to blame them. This is what happens when a state institutionalizes racial superiority dogma from a Mexican Nazi sympathizer. 

Nury Martinez has resigned but at this writing Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo, also present in the conversation, have resisted calls to step down. While this plays out, nobody should imagine this brand of racism is limited to California. 

The longstanding and influential National Council of La Raza also derives from La Raza Cosmica. In 2017, the council changed its name to UnidosUS, but the ideas remain the same. One might say that real racism is now inherent in the system. 

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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