On July 3rd, a community event was organized by many community activists for the Santa Ana Library to honor the birthday of our great nation, the United States of America. Korean War Veteran Fred Bella led the effort to put this event together. Several veterans were honored including Francisco Barragan, President of the United Mexican American Veterans Association(UMAVA). There were activities for young children including a “history walk” to teach Santa Ana children about our nation’s history. Many children were given booklets with the Constitution of the United States. Senator Lou Correa even dropped in and spoke at this event. For many years, the 4th of July has not had a formal celebration in Santa Ana, and I believe this was a great idea for Mr. Bella to put together. Many of the organizers were set to be honored last night before the City Council, but that was put to a stop after two Councilmembers, Claudia Alvarez and Sal Tinajero threatened to walk out.
Some people may say, WHAT!, how unpatriotic is that for those two Councilmembers to walk out of a presentation honoring those who were honoring our country. Well, there is another side of the story, and I do hope Fred Bella, Thomas Gordon and other organizers take this as a learning experience that if you “roll with dogs you get fleas” and unfortunately there were four “dogs” among the organizers that caused some concern. Those folks were Lupe “an illegal immigrant knocked me up at 13 and now I hate them all” Moreno, Rosie “AIDS is God’s punishment to gays” Avila, Anita “Obama was born in Kenya” Hynds and her husband Gary Hynds who caused the loudest uproar.
It all started when a group of Chicano activists showed up looking to pick a fight with Lupe Moreno, which is one of my favorite pasttimes as well. They were pushing buttons of the nutcases who were there. It should be noted the overwhelming majority of the Minutemen were in San Juan Capistrano teabaggingÂ with White Supremacists. That was when Gary Hynds referred to the videographer as a “wetback.” Now there are people that say he was goaded, but I reject that defense, because how many of us are goaded into calling someone the N-word in anger at someone who is African American, or the F-word for someone who is gay. I know I would not be goaded into saying such a hateful word if someone of those groups was making me mad. I would probably call them a jerk or an a$$Hole, but those insults can extend to anyone of any group. To refer to Naui as the “W” word does reflect on Gary’s mindset on people of that group as a whole. I believe anyone who resorts to racial epithets at all has a derogatory view of that race or group in general. The video went viral, a letter penned by OJ Blogger Sean Mill went to the Council and of course Claudia and Sal were rightfully outraged. I too was bothered to hear that word.
So my message to Fred and other organizers, do not involve those four people again. They are firebrands who bring nothing good to the table, only trouble, kind of like a certain NAMBLA linking blogger from Park Santiago. I can see where Sal, knowing firsthand how he has stood up to Rosie Avila’s intolerance on the school board, was upset and thought twice about honoring this group. Unfortunately the baby got thrown out with the bathwater. There were many good community activists involved who deserved to be honored like Fred Bella, Pastor Noe Granados and Thomas Gordon. I also would like to see this event continued in the future sans Lupe, Rosie and the “Birther” Hynds. Again folks, think twice before involving people like them.
Now back to Sean Mill’s letter. I know we have had some bad differences late, but I would like to take a minute to thank Sean for bringing the video to our attention. Seriously, thanks. And I would like to thank Sal Tinajero for taking such a passionate stance in the face of some bigoted comments caught on camera. I understand why Sal threatened to walk out and I know for a fact he wouldÂ again threaten to walk outÂ ifÂ the City Council were to ever honor someone who made the following statements towards the GLBT Community, such as:
Â I see you put another piece-of-shit article in the Weekly about Ted Moreno (“No Sex! Alleged Lies? Videotape?” Sept. 18). I know you and your little queer art friends have it in for Ted, but this is yellow journalism at its worst. This is just ridiculous. If you and the rest of your little queer buddies are going to make attacks on Ted, well, go ahead.
You and your f_cked up immune system
The last comment was directed at a gay man who is HIV positive. Considering Sal’s spirited response to Rosie Avila’s gay bashing in 2004, I am sure Sal would approach any Councilmember who was about to honor someone who said the above comments and make the same demand to stop the presentation or he and Claudia would walk out. Right!
Sal Tinajero is the man who honored the person who said the quotes above, Sean Mill. I agree the comments said by Gary Hynds are inexcuseable, but like the W-word comments by Gary reflecting his overall view of Mexicans, I do believe Sean’s words above reflect is overall view of the GLBT community, which seems much more in line with hard core right winger Rosemarie Avila or Fred Phelps. As for Sal Tinajero, why is is ok for you to honor a GLBT hater before the Council, but not ok to honor a group of community activists even after David Benavides offered to uninvite the four bad folks(Moreno, Avila, and the Hynds.)? Please advise.