Chides Racist And Extremist Smear Campaign Being Perpetuated By Some Media Outlets
Washington, D.C. - The National Hispanic Media Coalition ("NHMC") enthusiastically supports President Obama's nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor and hopes that he will be swiftly confirmed.
Mr. Perez, the current Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, has dedicated his career to serving the public. He has served in various capacities, including as Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Montgomery County Council Member, Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Special Counsel to the late Senator Edward Kennedy.
"President Obama could not have selected a better equipped individual to lead the Department of Labor and sit in his cabinet. Mr. Perez has devoted a career to public service and civil rights and his record is beyond reproach. I hope that his confirmation will proceed without delay. It is unfortunate, though not unexpected, that some in the media would oppose the nomination of Mr. Perez not on his record, but by using misinformation and thinly-veiled rhetoric that disparages Latinos, immigrants, Muslims, and a host of other groups. As NHMC has demonstrated time and again, this type of rhetoric is harmful to us as a society and has no place in public discourse. We hope that outlets that have resorted to these type of attacks will change course immediately and correct any inaccurate stories," said Alex Nogales, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition
is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at https://www.nhmc.org
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