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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Diaz Family's Schizophrenia on Homosexuality


While Carl Palladino has recently made headlines for denouncing homosexuals just days after three gay men were viciously attacked in the Bronx, believe it or not, he is not the biggest homophobe in our state. No, that title actually belongs to our very own Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., who has been fermenting hatred for homosexuals for a long time. In a posting by former El Diario Editor Gerson Borrero entitled, Loud Mouthed Homophobes Have Made Gay Violence Acceptable for Too Many, Borrero makes the case that Diaz's strident opposition to same sex marriage and homosexual lifestyle have contributed to a hostile environment in some parts of the Bronx for homosexuals. Borrero quotes Ephriam Cruz, a Bronx activist as saying “[Díaz] has made incendiary remarks and hostile statements against gays. While he may not have physically abused people, his statements often fall on the ears of a vulnerable group like these young people, and they do have an impact.

The irony is that following the attacks, Senator Díaz’ son, who just happens to be Borough President of the Bronx issued a statement that said, "Bronxites will not tolerate any form of bigotry in our borough, and we stand together as 1.4 million residents to condemn these actions and to oppose hatred in all its forms.” Cruz took exception with that and said, “The Reverend/Senator verbally bashes gays and the son says nothing to him, but when gays are physically bashed, [Ruben Diaz, Jr.] acts like no one has been paying attention and calls the physical perpetrators names,” Cruz said. Cruz, who is Co-Founder of Bronx for Change, goes on to tell Borough President Díaz, “The biggest bigot in the Bronx is your father.”

Adding to the irony, Rubencito recently launched a "Peace in Our Streets" initiative. So this is a strange scenario indeed. We all know that words matter, and that change begins at the home. So maybe Rubencito should begin his campaign for "Peace in Our Streets" by sitting down and having a heart to heart with his own father. Can you imagine if it were any other Bronx elected official who uttered these types of sentiments? Do you think that the entire Bronx delegation and the Bronx Borough President would remain silent?

Borrero ends his posting with the right words when he says, "Most people know that violence usually progresses from verbal abuse to physical abuse. We have no evidence of a direct connection between those accused of the crime and the biggest loudmouth homophobe in the state. However, it's probably more than a coincidence that Rubén Díaz’ hateful diatribes found a fertile place in the mushy brains of these cowards in the Bronx."

8 comments:

  1. Maybe that's why-as you reported earlier- Diaz Sr. is considering supporting Paladino. After all, homophobes have to stick together. As for Diaz Jr., he reminds me of a lot of girls I used to know. They belonged to NATO, "No Action, Talk Only".

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  2. Ruben is a punk.

    End of story.

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  3. Black and Hispanic politicians (and public figures in general) often get a free pass on homophobia because people say "it's just a cultural thing." As a black man, that bothers me very much. "Culture" can be no excuse for bigotry.

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  4. The gay community and all of the pro gay marriage groups should all bow their heads in shame. They had the opportunity to remove Senator Diaz and support Charlie Ramos candidacy. Instead the gay community remained quiet and allowed the Senator to win. Let's be honest, Gustavo Rivera would not have beaten Pedro Espada without the support of the labor unions that came out in droves and flooded the senate district to support Gustavo. That's the type of activism i was expecting the gay community to show against Senator Diaz. So the next time the Senator makes nasty comments about gays and against gay marriage they should all put their tails between their legs and shut up.

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  5. Ruben Diaz Jr. can go screw himself!...just like he screwed the Bronx on the Kingsbridge Armory

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  6. It seems to me that Rubencito’s borough presidency has been off to a very shaky start with that armory mess. I doubt he’ll ever free himself from the problem of people remembering what could have been. He really dropped the ball on the armory in a major, major way.

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  7. Rubén Díaz Jr. is a prime example of why we should eliminate the post of borough president from NYC government. Instead of being just a ceremonial ribbon cutter, he's actually using what little power he has to hurt the Bronx's economic development.

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  8. Papa Diaz reminds me of a pimp in one of those old 70's movies...

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