The Five Stupidest Things Nativo Lopez Ever Said
3. Nativo Compares Himself to Gandhi
This one dates back to 2010, when Lopez was stupidly trying to convince Latinos not to allow the 2010 Census to document them. That's a dumb-enough move, but then Lopez had the temerity to tie his ultimately foolish campaign to the campaign to end British rule in India, by Lopez comparing himself to Gandhi. "Refusing to cooperate with the U.S. census count is a political act of noncooperation and noncompliance in the best of Gandhian tradition conducted for the purpose of pressuring the political regime that pursues the persecution of immigrants on a daily basis at all nexus of social connection," he said. Um, okay...
2. Nativo's Group Calls Gray Davis a "Pinche Güerito" for a Radio Campaign
This blast from the past is AWESOME, and one of the first news stories I ever did: in 2001, Nativo's group, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, put out ads on Spanish-language radio station KKHJ-AM 930 which called then-California governor Gray Davis a "pinche güerito"--a "fucking little white man." Lopez quickly tried to spin his way out of it after the Weekly contacted him. "That particular version of our ad is not in line with the philosophy of Hermandad, and we do not approve of it," he told me. "It distracts from the main message and is racially offensive to Anglo-Americans." He then tried to claim that it was the radio station that put in the "pinche," an assertion quickly refuted by station management--and not only that, when the "cleaner" version came back, it still called Davis a "güerito," and Lopez stood by it, despite it still had the part he deemed "racially offensive to Anglo-Americans."
1. Nativo Calls the Refusal to Grant a Multi-Billion-Dollar Grocery Chain a Liquor License "Market Ethnic Cleansing"
This is the story that should show any defenders of Nativo what a vendido he is, and how easily he'll sell himself out for a buck. In 2002, the Mexican supermarket chain Gigante made international headlines when it claimed the city of Anaheim didn't want to grant it a liquor license because it was Mexican, a line the media ate as quickly as a Mexican does a torta--except for your favorite infernal rag. Gigante was smart, though, and contracted Nativo to shill for them in the form of a donation to his recall campaign by the company's PR firm, Waters & Faubel. And Nativo delivered, calling the rejection "market ethnic cleansing" by making the bizarre argument that Latinos in Anaheim were under-served in the supermarket department--this despite the fact that Latinos have been served by mom-and-pop for decades, and by the Northgate Gonzalez chain for the years.
It didn't matter. "Market ethnic cleansing" now stands as the only legacy of that move, because Gigante closed shop long ago, beaten down by consumers. Instead, we now remember Nativo's hyperbolic, offensive, and plain-laughable characterization--when he uttered that line, everyone should've known it was the beginning of his pathetic end. Funny!