Pablo Pantoja, State Director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, has announced today that the Republican Party’s stance on diversity issues and cultural tolerance is no longer acceptable; he has resigned from his post and registered as a Democrat.
Once a National Guardsman winning several awards for his service in Iraq and Kuwait, Pantoja was hired by the RNC to help bring more Hispanic voters onboard during the 2012 elections. At the time Barack Obama had a 20% margin over Mitt Romney among Florida’s 4 milllion+ Hispanic voters, with more than 62% of these citizens voting at the polls. In 2012 Florida had the third-largest population of Hispanic citizens behind Texas and California.
However, the recent controversies over immigration reforms, assisting the disadvantaged, and other civil liberties and the RNC have left Pantoja disappointed with the political party. He outlined the reasons for his move to the Democratic Party in a public email:
“Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party. It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seem different or strange to them.” - Pantoja
The email also mentions that the most recent statement from a member of the Heritage Foundation’s report on immigration which explained that Hispanic citizens were permanently at a disadvantage due to lower IQ levels was the straw that broke the camel’s back in Pantoja’s eyes:
“A researcher included as part of a past dissertation his theory that “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ.” The researcher reinforces these views by saying “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.” Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo.” – Pantoja
Pantoja’s distrust of the Republican Party over their critical views of diversity is representative of many minority voter opinions, and has continued to grow in recent years despite numerous attempts to make peace with minority groups around election time and public apologies.
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