It’s been an interesting week in Los Angeles politics. As Twitchy reported, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez was caught on leaked audio describing fellow council member Mike Bonin’s black son as “parece changuito” or “he’s like a monkey” and saying of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, “f**k that guy, he’s with the blacks.” The story caught the attention of President Joe Biden, who said “they all should step down … the language that was used … was unacceptable, and it was appalling.”
Race is in the headlines again in Los Angeles, as mayoral candidate Rick Caruso explained during a debate that he’s not white, he’s Italian.
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso insisted he's not white, but really Italian — and thus "Latin" — during a debate. https://t.co/0IZ1broHM8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 12, 2022
NBC News reports:
In bringing up that topic, Telemundo anchor Dunia Elvir stated: “The next mayor of Los Angeles will be either an African-American woman or a white man.”
“I’m Italian,” [Rick] Caruso interjected.
Elvir responded, “Italian American,” as Caruso insisted that his racial identification be stated on his terms.
“That’s Latin, thank you,” Caruso said.
So is he Latinx, or just Latin?
— EGOT4Life (@EGOT4Life) October 12, 2022
Italian is white, my guy. pic.twitter.com/GrZs5Lu50z
— Beau Bowden (@beaugbowden) October 12, 2022
— ℤ𝔼ℕ𝔹𝔼ℕℤ𝕀ℕ𝔼 ✪ (@Zenbenzine) October 12, 2022
I'm Latin now, time for spaghetti tacos pic.twitter.com/lJXFlY5B9F
— Frog on a scooter 🐸🛵🏴 (@Mussolini_2024) October 12, 2022
— Slam Dunk (@SlamDun85269288) October 12, 2022
Tomato Europe: Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, …Potato Europe: The Rest
— Manuel E. Rodriguez (@Montani3Semper) October 12, 2022
Are you suggesting he can’t choose his ethnicity just because his biological makeup? Isn’t ethnicity just a social construct? 🤣
— Unapproved Thoughts (@phaedrus76oc) October 12, 2022
Democrats can’t help it😂 just like Biden is a Puerto Rican Jewish catholic
— N/A (@Fluebear) October 12, 2022
A devout Catholic who used to hang out in black churches after Mass and also spent a lot of time in Jewish schools and grew up in a Puerto Rican family in Scranton.
LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez (‘Guess That Party Affiliation!’) clearly isn’t all that sorry after audio of vile racist remarks surfaces https://t.co/eP29jADaNn
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 10, 2022