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BBC News blogger stands by his story (updated)
A BBC News blogger says he quoted Bernalillo County Republican Party Chairman Fernando C. de Baca accurately and in the proper context in a recent posting that has stirred controversy.
Jon Kelly wrote in an e-mail that he is “100 percent confident” in his quoting of C. de Baca, whom he cited in a Friday blog posting as saying: “The truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African Americans came here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won’t vote for a black president.”
C. de Baca later told 770 KKOB-AM reporter Peter St. Cyr that his statement was taken “totally out of context” by Kelly. The 70-year-old said he was speaking about his grandfather’s generation, who would often say things such as, “Remember your ancestors came here as conquerors.”
“The point I was trying to make was that there is a generational difference between those folks who were born before the civil rights and those born in more recent periods,” C. de Baca told St. Cyr, adding, “In my humble opinion, the older set of Hispanics would probably not vote for a black for president, but that the younger ones would flock to vote for (Obama), conceivably.”
C. de Baca also told St. Cyr that his comments came in response to a question from Kelly, who he said asked him “to help him understand the history of New Mexico, vis-à-vis Hispanics, and how they interacted with the Native Americans and Blacks, you know, African-Americans.”
Kelly said in the e-mail that C. de Baca is wrong.
“He raised the subject, not me,” Kelly said.
Update, 2:45 p.m.
BBC Global News international communications manager Patricia Lodge released this statement:
“Jon Kelly accurately reported what Fernando C. de Baca said to him about Hispanic perceptions towards African Americans. The BBC has not received any complaints about the report from Mr. de Baca or the Republican Party.”