I realize that today’s post is going to make many of you angry and some of you horrified that I am actually bringing this up. But, the facts demonstrate that my belief is not so farfetched after all, if you allow the facts to lead the way. The de-Mexicanization of El Paso is not racism in the common definition but rather it is about the eradication of a culture and an identity. It is not about skin color.
There are many examples of this and I have been documenting them through the years. The most recent example is the attempt to destroy the Durangito community and displace many people for an arena. The best example of the De-Mexicanization of El Paso is the Glass Beach study.
But there are many of you who still do not seem to understand it.
Lucky for me, the truth always emerges. Today, I get to provide you with more proof in the form of Ann Morgan Lilly and Jim Tolbert. As we go through the proof, please remember that it is not about skin color but rather about culture. For that reason, do not be surprised to realize that many Hispanics support the idea that El Paso is better off by erasing its Mexicanisms from it.
Look closely at the events of December 20, 2016.
During an open session of the city council meeting, discussing the proposed arena project, Jim Tolbert, in his official capacity attempted to silence and intimidate Miguel Patiño into silence by verbally abusing him. Tolbert did not let decorum hold him back. His contempt for those advocating protecting the Hispanic identity of the targeted neighborhood was put on full display by him. His contempt espoused the views of the current drivers of the public policy agenda destroying El Paso.
Had this been the only example of the day, I would have been hard pressed to use it as an example of the de-Mexicanization and many defenders would have risen to argue that Tolbert was just an example of an uneducated El Pasoan.
But, later that day, a former city representative added more proof to the argument. Ann Morgan Lilly and her husband, were accused of belligerence and assault against Oscar Leeser and his wife as a result of the city council taking the eradication of the Durangito neighborhood off of the arena project.
The Lilly’s and Tolbert are both Anglo. The targets of their ire are both Hispanics. Oscar Leeser was born in Mexico, is now a US citizen and is the current mayor of El Paso. That is not sufficient for the Lilly’s who clearly have a problem against the Mexicans in the community.
Look at the video to hear with your own ears and see with your own eyes, how Edward Rutledge “Rut” Lilly refers to Oscar Leeser as “little people,” and by extension all of the Hispanic members of the community. You can hear the contempt in his voice of having to accept that Hispanics have a voice in the community.
I know that some of you are thinking; but Martin, you write that Veronica Escobar is behind the public policy of de-Mexicanizing El Paso, but she is not Anglo. How can she be racist against Hispanics?
One of the most difficult things I have had to deal with is separating the de-Mexicanization of El Paso from racism. It is not about skin color, although the Lilly’s and Tolbert are clearly Anglo, their actions are just a symptom of the larger problem. A problem instigated by Ray Caballero and carried forth by Susie Byrd, Veronica Escobar, Jose Rodriguez, among others. They are serving an elite in hopes of getting their little piece of the pie.
Corruption relies on many members becoming part of the conspiracy but each being driven by their own agendas. Lilly and Tolbert seem to have a problem with Hispanics. But the larger problem is the notion that El Paso is being held back by its Mexican identity. This has resulted in a public policy agenda of eradicating Mexico from El Paso. It has brought forth strange bed fellows together to work towards the same goal.
The cracks in the corruption that sometimes expose the truth is a symptom of the many diverse groups working for the same public policy agenda.
I realize that some of you, if not many of you, still disagree with me on this. However, the goal of my blog is to expose it bit by bit. Just like I have been putting together bit-by-bit the proof of the two classes of people in El Paso and the many examples of Ann Morgan Lilly assaulting others, so will this post add further evidence of the public policy of de-Mexicanizing El Paso.