Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Racist Photo Used in Puerto Rico Election Campaign - New America Media

Racist Photo Used in Puerto Rico Election Campaign - New America Media:
A new controversy over the use of racist language against political candidates emerged in the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) candidate's campaign for resident commissioner, Rafael Cox Alomar. It began after a photo of him was posted to Twitter where he is compared with the chimpanzee Yuyo, recently deceased.


The image, which shows the face of Cox Alomar and a message in white letters which read "R.I.P. Yuyo," provoked the condemnation of human rights defenders and social network users primarily because it spread from the Twitter profile of the former president of the Puerto Rico House of Represetnatives and former Justice, Zaida "Cucusa" Hernandez.


Hernandez, who currently serves as principal advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jennifer Gonzalez, and hosts a radio program which defends the agenda of the New Progressive Party (PNP), has tried to move away from the controversy and claimed not to know who uploaded the picture on her profile. However, and despite the allegation that her account was "hacked", she apologized to Cox Alomar.