|. Written by virtualboricua on Saturday, November 05, 2005|
For all of her rhetoric (and despite her rich history of activism on the Lower East Side), I still question what Margarita Lopez can actually teach the Boricua community about genuine political empowerment. I say this respectfully, but with full knowledge that she has endorsed Mike Bloomberg for mayor and now stands to receive a six-figure salary as compensation.
Bloomberg is, after all, a businessman who did his best to "erase" a sexual harassment suit in his own company. Bloomberg is also a consummate politician who paid off a known political cult to hand-deliver petition signatures (and votes and propaganda) to deliver his victory to City Hall.
This is, after all, a man who erased his own personal “history” in the Village for the sake of "rebuilding" a city to his and his developer friends’ liking.
Mike Bloomberg and Margarita Lopez have both had to "swallow" their "personal" histories for the sake of political immortality.
So, tell me, exactly how and why should the Latino community admire or emulate Margarita Lopez as an empowered Boricua leader? Exactly how will her spanking new office down at City Hall empower disenfranchised Latinos in NYC?