Thanks to Mexican President Vicente Fox's controversial comment last week, Jackson and Sharpton will be visiting Mexico soon.
Fox shocked many with this statement last Friday: ''There's no doubt that the Mexican men and women -- full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work -- are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States."
At first, Fox's spokesperson said that the president's comment wasn't meant to offend anyone. It was simply meant to defend the Mexican immigrants being shortchanged by the immigration measures set up by the United States (one being a wall along the Mexico-California border). Rev. Jesse Jackson told CNN that Fox's comment was "unwitting, unnecessary and inappropriate."
This week, Fox changed his tune after talking to Rev. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, saying that he "regretted" what he said. Fox also agreed to meet in Mexico with Jackson, Sharpton, and a group of black leaders from the United States to talk strategies between blacks and immigrant groups.
I'm not sure what Fox meant by his comment last week but it sure did get a lot of people mad. Kudos to him for wanting to iron things out.
And by the way - maybe the group can type up a list of pointers on immigration and policy and give it to Bush. He needs all of the help he can get on that subject.
Fox apologizes for anti-black comment
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
By Traci Carl, The Associated Press