NM: GOP uses racism to promote anti-registrant occupational limits to win votes

Source: abqjournal.com 9/29/22

An altered image of darkened hands cutting a white child’s hair sure does appear to play on racist fears and should be denounced by the political party that created it.

The Republican Party of New Mexico recently mailed flyers to voters in several state House districts showing a barber with darkened hands. “Do you want a sex offender cutting your child’s hair?” the flyer asks.

Democrats are calling this political flyer created by the Republican Party of New Mexico a racist “dog whistle.”
The flyers cite two unsuccessful bills related to occupational licenses and accuse House Democrats of voting to allow convicted sex offenders to obtain them. Democrats and Republicans supported the GOP-sponsored bill in 2019, but it was vetoed by the governor.

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If you think it’s tough being a registered sex offender, try being an offender and the most hated racial minority.

I’m sick of politicians playing the “children in peril” card. It works because lawmakers tailor their message to the ignorant and uneducated voter bloc

More hack politicians gaming the system by stoking more ignorant fears to an already misinformed community about us Registrants. By making up a crisis for them to “solve” is a shoddy attempt to reap votes from the already ignorant masses of society in order to stay in office.

There’s got to be a way to poison that well so it is unappealing for these hack politicians to dip into it for political gain…

“House Republican whip Rod Montoya of Farmington says images were darkened to make the flyers “gloomy.”

Sorry sir. The images were not “darkened.” The hands were darkened. Everything else in the photo is lighter including the child and the cape he is wearing.

“Any charge of racism over this mailer is ridiculous,” he said. “A shadowy, gray figure is not a racial category.”

Sir! I never heard of a gray shadow. I’ve heard of a dark shadow which is the color of the hands in the photo. Just like a politician, you’re trying to wordsmith. Quite frankly, I don’t care if you’re a racist who engages in dog whistle politics. That’s your problem. Just own up to it. That’s all I care

I am a registered sex offender AND I cut my son’s hair. So, yes, I do indeed want a sex offender to cut my child’s hair.
However, what I do NOT want is for any government official to tell ME who should, and shouldn’t, be allowed to cut my child’s hair.
These republicans sound like snowflake Karens that are scared of their own shadow. Oh wait! Rep Montoya actually referred to the hands as “shadowy”. So it would seem that Rep Montoya is indeed afraid of shadows and/or wants everyone else to be afraid of shadows.
But guess what, Rep Montoya… not everyone is afraid of shadows like you are. Not everyone is going to fall for your boogey-man-lurking-in-the-bushes wimpy attempt to scare people into voting your way. Let’s all realize that the elephant in the room is that Rep Montoya wants to make people think that if you vote for anyone other than who he says to vote for, then all children are in danger.
I think that Rep Montoya, if he truly is for freedom & the Constitution & the rights of Americans, would be wise to live every heartbeat of his political career with the words of Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Paine who said, “He that would make his own freedom secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself”.

Offensiveness is in the eye of the offended. It doesn’t have to be racial unless that’s how you see it. And to suggest the GOP is making it racial isn’t really accurate. But then again why would it NOT be a racial problem for those arms to be white instead? Why would that image be more acceptable? Because it’s NOT black? Then are we saying that pictures of all-white models show no racial discrepancies? Sometimes a picture is just a picture.

I’ve always been a registered independent, but almost always have voted Democrat (often holding my nose)—and it’s because of things like this, which say in no uncertain terms that the GOP platform is “industry should not be regulated. People should be regulated.”

All these sex offender Laws that have been passed in this country are All named after white children, “WHAT” Mexican, black, and Asian kids don’t get kid napped In this country.
Politicians and are the biggest Hippocrates they clam they make these laws to protect children in America but what they really mean is they make these laws to only protect their children in America, they don’t care about kids in the ghetto’s of America they don’t care about all them children at the Mexican border and just the fact that not one sex offender law has been named after a minority in this country speaks volumes about who the registry was made for

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