Thursday, June 30


El Presidente Vicente Fox is up to his old tricks again, this time having his Mexican government issue postage stamps with images of "dark-skinned, Jim Crow-era cartoon characters," as the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) reports this morning.

Mexican postal officials said the five-stamp series features Memin Pinguin, a 1940s comic-book character, because he is beloved in Mexico. A spokesman for the Mexican Embassy described the depiction as a cultural image that has no meaning whatsoever and is not intended to offend.

"Just as Speedy Gonzalez has never been interpreted in a racial manner by the people in Mexico," embassy spokesman Rafael Laveaga said. "He is a cartoon character. I am certain that this commemorative postage stamp is not intended to be interpreted on a racial basis in Mexico or anywhere else."

But the leaders of the NAACP, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the National Council of La Raza and the National Urban League denounced the image in strong terms, calling it the worst kind of black stereotype.

"It is offensive," said the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, who like other leaders called on Mexican President Vicente Fox to apologize and stop circulation of the stamps.

It was the second time in seven weeks that Jackson called on Fox to apologize for a racial offense. In May, Fox apologized for saying that Mexican migrants in the United States work jobs that "even blacks don't want," a comment he said was taken out of context.

Seems neither Jesse Jackson, nor Al Sharpton, accomplished much when each scurried down to Mexico City to grandstand over some ill-considered remarks President Fox made about Mexican illegal emigrants to the United States being willing to do jobs that poor American Blacks were unwilling to do.

The two self-styled civil rights leaders are more into photo-ops and headline-grabbing, than in accomplishing anything substantive. And, frankly, in fairness to them, no one in this country is able to accomplish much of anything with the corrupt Mexican government and its leadership anyway. Even Mexicans have a struggle in doing so.

Alternate Source: Michelle Malkin