Florida International University Disses Democracy

Categories: Luke's Gospel
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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. In this special edition, Luke -- who is a candidate for Miami-Dade mayor -- has a few words for Florida International University.

It is a shame that a public institution for higher learning would participate in an event that disenfranchises its non-Spanish-speaking students. Yesterday, Florida International University hosted a mayoral forum organized by Univision that excluded myself and the six other candidates who are not Cuban-Americans. I'm shocked that FIU's leaders would allow such an egregious act of prejudice to occur at Miami's only state college.

I don't want to hear FIU' mouthpiece's excuse that the school had nothing to do with Univision's decision to only invite the four Spanish-speaking candidates. If that was the case, then FIU vice-president Sandra Gonzalez-Levy should not have sent an invite to the entire university from her FIU email work account. I'm also not buying the network's claim that it selected Julio Robaina, Carlos Gimenez, Marcelo Llorente and Jose "Pepe" Cancio based on the amount of money that they have raised. That's bullshit.

The university also insulted its non-Hispanic student population by not having an interpreter or a blue screen to translate what the candidates were saying in Spanish. Props to Cancio for being the only one of the four invited panelists to criticize the forum's exclusionary set-up.

University President Mark Rosenberg could have stepped up to the plate by not allowing the school to host a forum that was so blatantly biased. By allowing Univision's event, FIU basically told voters that they should only consider the four candidates with money. Oh, and it's just a coincidence they happen to be the only Hispanics in the race. C'mon man.

I know if the NAACP tried to hold a forum that only invited African-American candidates, I would not show up. To deny FIU's students, faculty and staff from hearing from all the candidates was un-democratic and plain wrong.

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Bob
Bob

Lol you're all jokes. Why is this man running? We're looking for a BETTER mayor, not a worse one...

Banana Republic University...
Banana Republic University...

What do you expect from Banana Republic University...? They obviously have a bunch of Cuban Yahoos over there running the "show!" Only in Obozo's America could something like this happen... 

Dfudfidi
Dfudfidi

How is Luke going to help education? By opening up a marijuana dispensary next to your kid's school.

Fred
Fred

You mean I won't have to repark my car? He's saving me money already!

Smaabs
Smaabs

Seriously Luke stick to making music - You have NO SHOT of winning! You should just write a new song with this experience and perform at halftime at a 1/4 filled Sun Life Stadium at a canes game.

PS the other candidates should be allowed to write the new times as well.

ronnierocket
ronnierocket

Now that Luke is a candidate, do the other candidates get equal time here regarding this issue?

eric26z
eric26z

You've got a fair point and i respect it. But my vote is going for Julio Robaina this time. I want education for my childen.

Fred
Fred

How is Robaina going to educate your children?

anon1
anon1

He's gonna open a loan sharking school.

Fred
Fred

Thank God! We're gonna be rich! (County mayors have nothing to do with your child's education. That's Rick Scott's job.)

eric26z
eric26z

You've got a fair point and i respect it. But my vote is going for Julio Robaina this time. I want education for my childen.

anon1
anon1

Sandra Gonzalez-Levy should be fired for lending the imprimatur of FIU -- a publicly funded university -- to such an exclusionary event. FIU's decision to host what was clearly Univision's Cuban-American-candidates-only debate was an extremely insensitive and frankly stupid thing for a public institution to do. FIU should not be reinforcing a pay-to-play mentality in county elections, and the insular segment of the population to whom this debate was aimed is the very community that would most benefit from diverse points of view. That is, if they care to listen, which I doubt. But we should expect more from FIU as a public institution than we do from the most provincial elements in Miami-Dade County.

f b
f b

Just get out the vote. With all the other 4 guys dividing the Cuban vote you can easily win by having a larger turnout with your base, Nobody watched that debate and the kids in that audience will most likely vote for you on election day if you reach them via other means

P_Nis
P_Nis

The fix is in.

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