Below is an email I sent today to the organizers of a debate in which I'm declining to participate, for the reasons stated below. It's time to put an end to debates and forums that cater to voters based on race, ethnicity or language. This practice is dividing and damaging our country:
Dear Mr. Viramontes:
I am in receipt of your invitation to a gubernatorial candidates’ debate hosted by the Libre
Initiative and Univision on August 20, 2014. Your invitation states
the purpose of the debate is for candidates to address the “more than
600,000 Arizona Latinos” served by your organization. Also, Univision
is to be the sole media outlet providing coverage of the event.
I am declining to participate in your debate. I believe it is wrong
and damaging to our nation to conduct a forum that expressly caters to
one racial or ethnic group only. This is particularly true when the
debate is to be broadcast to the voters by a media outlet that speaks
only Spanish, as Arizona is an Official English state.
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