Univision Mayoral Forum At FIU Snubs Non-Cuban American Candidates UPDATED

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Does the Golden Panther Speake Spanish Only?
UPDATE: Univision says candidates invited to its forum were invited based on the amount of money they've raised for their campaigns and not because of their Cubaness.

You'd expect a state-run university in Cuba to exclude candidates from participating in a public forum, but not one in Miami-Dade County, U.S.A. Yet that is exactly what Florida International University is allowing to happen later this afternoon. The school is hosting Univision's mayoral forum at 5 p.m. today inside the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on FIU's main campus.

But the Spanish language network only invited the four Cuban American candidates seeking the county's top elected post. The seven non-Cubans were not asked to participate. And even though the forum is "open to the public," FIU and Univision will not be translating the Spanish-only debate into English for the school's non-Spanish-speaking members.

University spokeswoman Maydel Santana-Bravo says the school is just providing the venue and had no involvement in selecting which candidates would participate. "We are making the space available for Univision," she says. "Being that they are a Spanish broadcasting company it make sense to have it in Spanish."

A Univision spokesperson explained that Julio Robaina, Carlos Gimenez, Marcelo Llorente and Jose "Pepe" Cancio "were selected on the basis of the amount of funds raised to date." The network will provide a transcript of the forum translated into English, the spokesperson added.

The forum will be broadcast live on Univision radio station WQBA. It will also air on Channel 23 on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Santana-Bravo says it would cost FIU a couple thousand dollars to translate the forum in real-time. "We are unable to do so because it is expensive," she says. "It is an economic decision."

So if there is no money for an interpretator, why would the school invite all students, faculty, and staffers to attend the forum? We're gonna bet the FIU community has a good number of African-Americans, Haitian Americans and Anglos who don't speak Spanish.

How can FIU Vice President Sandra Gonzalez-Levy send out a mass email that says, "we encourage you to attend and be a part of the political process taking place in our community," when the non-Spanish-speaking students won't be able to understand what the invited candidates are saying, much less hear from the non-invited candidates who don't have Hispanic surnames.

FIU alum Jameelah Brown-Ferrell is certainly upset. The 2000 grad emailed Gonzalez-Levy, Santana-Bravo and FIU President Mark Rosenberg to voice her displeasure. "I am downright disgusted and it is not fair," Brown-Ferrell wrote. "Who says those [Univision-invited] candidates are the top candidates? FIU you need to reevaluate your values and who you value. This is a democracy not a dictatorship. All [candidates] should be allowed."

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

They should have a debate at University of Miami and invite ONLY the English speaking candidates(NO LATINS ALLOWED), that would even the score... 

Guest02
Guest02

But the "Latin" candidates speak English... FAIL on your part. Is that UM education? Who am I kidding, you probably dropped out of high school and now manage a Popeye's. 

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

Gonzalez-Levy should be run out of town/fired immediately!! FIU is biased and plain racist for allowing this to happen! They are "Banana Republic University," who have a bunch of Latin racists, we don't want their kind in our community, go back to Cuba, assholes, Fidel needs useful idiots like you... 

ProudHispanicRepub
ProudHispanicRepub

 "Speake" and "interpretator"??You are saying FIU students can not speak English?

This is another joke of an article written by a joke of a news source. This is simply the case of Blacks taking out their envy on the Hispanic community as always is the case in Miami.

Black Miamians are so quick to throw the race card but fail to see they are the pot calling the kettle black. 

When you constitute a powerful political voting bloc and are the majority come talk. Until then we will continue running this city and making MAS DINERO QUE TU (more money than you).

Comeon
Comeon

All you who are worked up about the exclusion of Luke and the other candidates should start contributing to your candidate of choice. There's a lot of noise being made, but according to this latest campaign report, Luke has only raised $6,000???? If all his masses of alleged supporters put up $20 each, surely they could make a dent in the argument that only the top fundraisers should be invited to events like this. Here's the report:

http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/m...

Guest
Guest

You people complaining about FIU renting their facilities - STOP being such cry babies! Of all the shit in our world and in our government to complain about you are going to cry about FIU RENTING their space so a Spanish Debate can be held? Seriously?!?!? You are the racist fucks!

How about focusing on more important shit like what the candidates are promising and what they are actually saying.... not about what language they are saying it in.....

Caramelcutie78
Caramelcutie78

First of all if everyone does not speak Spanish they won't know what the candidates are saying they will do. This is America and the native tongue of this land is English. How can a State funded public University endorse an event that only allows certain candidates to attend? That is not fair. The racist thing is not providing a translator. If it was in a private owned location that would be one thing, but when you are holding an event on state funded unversity campus with a diverse student body several violations are being done.

Read the policy on FIU endorsing events and then make a comment. The other candidates should not have participated in the forum. That says a lot about those candidates.

Boxingfan
Boxingfan

There was a boxing match at FIU's arena recently. It was a pretty crappy fight card. Should I complain to the FIU administration about the selection of boxers for those fights? I'm not even sure if any of them spoke English. Oh, wait. The organizers of the matches, who paid FIU for the use of the facility, made those decisions. Maybe I should complain to them.

Boxingfan
Boxingfan

So at least some of the people running for mayor (including Luther Campbell, who showed up to the event, according to news reports) were going to be on campus. This means any student, whether they spoke Spanish or not, would have the opportunity to go and at least meet these candidates and, if they wanted, tell them what was on their mind. You're saying it's a bad idea to give the people on campus a heads up that this was going on next door? No one was forced to participate.

Caramelcutie78
Caramelcutie78

But did FIU's media relations department send out a mass email to students, faculty and staff endorsing the event. No. Many events are held at FIU, but the key fact here people is that it went out from an official email from FIU's media relations department inviting people to go. Please get all the facts first.

If it was a group of people who wanted to have a spanish only forum that would be fine. But when a state funded school with a diverse population does that it is wrong. That excludes a large portion of the student body. Trust and believe in another country this would not be tolerated. Miami thinks it is its own little island. People need to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that things like this will and should not be tolerated.

Guest
Guest

Everybody who is upset about the exclusion of some of the candidates, should put their money where their mouths are. While you can argue that how much money the candidates have raised is not the best way to determine participation, the difference in how much money the four candidates who were included raised and the one who were left out is huge. No one is saying a candidate needs to raise as much as Robaina, but certainly Uncle Luke's supporters could do better by him than just 6 grand? Here are the latest figures:

http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/m...

MIAman1
MIAman1

All public universities are facing a shortage of funds, because of this it is not the first controversial event to be held at a public university and probably not the last. If they had the money I doubt they would be hosting events such as lingerie football, but it's ok let's just blame the only affordable 4-year university in the city of miami trying to sustain itself...sarcasm....The email sent by the VP was wrong but most of the blame should be put on univision first they started by having the presidential debate in spanish then this.

Guest
Guest

Gonzalez-Levy NEEDS TO BE FIRED!! Hateful CUBAN!

Guest1442
Guest1442

check out the FIU logo at the top and read the wording under it "Does the golden panther 'speake' spanish only?"

Its obvious Uncle Luke wrote this article. The guy is a fucking dumbass. The only good thing he has said so far was legalizing marijuana. Ill consider voting for him based on that alone. but if another candidate makes the same promise.. my vote will go to them

3054444444
3054444444

New times is a joke. I think you need to update your story once more.

Guest
Guest

Univision and FIU is a joke. What's wrong with New Times? Because its not a oye paper???

MajorSteve
MajorSteve

"Cubaness" is not a word.

Guest
Guest

But it sure is a fact in Miami. Sadly.

Jahv81
Jahv81

Are there any other candidates that are non-Cuban spanish speakers? If not, then the argument in this article is null and void. Univision is a spanish language channel and thus they are inviting Spanish-speaking candidates. Apart from this, the writer of this article need to check his/her grammar since the word "interpretator" does not exist. I think you meant to write interpreter....

Guest
Guest

Duh! Haven't you paid attention??? Univision should have held this atrocious event in a private spanish speaking location. Not a public one like FIU.

Jahv81
Jahv81

Oh, so it is about Univision, not FIU huh? Now tell me why you think it's atrocious? The university simply rented out the center for the channel to host it's event. Now, the fact that Gonzalez-Levy sent a mass invitation to even non-Spanish speaking students might have been a mistake, but if I don't speak Spanish I'm not going to attend such event. Everyone has a choice. All this criticism is just political blabber.

Fred
Fred

I don't mind, even though I don't speak Spanish. I'm happy that these non-English speaking voters will get a chance to hear a debate in Spanish. If we're going to have a Hispanic for mayor, it would be nice if these Spanish speaking voters had more to go on than glossy fliers and robocalls. Let's face it: people that don't speak English are never going to vote for anyone that doesn't speak Spanish! Within those parameters, they should at least have a chance to make an intelligent choice.

Guest
Guest

@587bab4668d58d6f54cbb456e1228974:disqus

" Let's face it: people that don't speak English are never going to vote for anyone that doesn't speak Spanish!" THAT IS RACISM PURE AND SIMPLE. THAT'S HOW CUBANS ARE! THEY DON'T APPRECIATE THE USA OR THE AMERICANS IN IT.

Fred
Fred

wbeck,

Please, if you can find me one voter in Miami that speaks only Spanish that can vote in this election and is going to vote for a non-Hispanic, well, I'd like to say I'd eat my computer, but I can't afford that. Personally, the white anglo racist that I am, I am going to vote for Gimenez because Robaina is a crook. This is not information that Spanish speakers get to hear unless they get to hear a debate. I would like to vote for Luther, but I think it's more important to vote against Robaina.

Now wbec, since you are so quick to call someone racist (and Cuban nor Hispanic are not considered a "race".... there are only three), what is you lineage and who do you support?

Fightthepower
Fightthepower

For the record, Cubans are white, just like most of the people talking about racism on here.

ivxx
ivxx

That's what translators and subtitles are for...

If i move to china for business, it would be in my best interest to learn some chinese, rather than get angry when the signs aren't in english...

Guest
Guest

This event is an event held by Univision, a Spsnish TV station, using rented facilities on the FIU campus.

Guest
Guest

And so .. ???? How does that make this right?

Guest
Guest

This article is dumb. lol

Guest
Guest

You must be cuban. Am I right?

Guest
Guest

You are wrong.

Afriendlyrapist
Afriendlyrapist

lol jk, no blacks allowed!

Maydel Santana-BravoDirector, FIU Media Relations

Guest123
Guest123

Additionally, I would like to personally invite Luther Campbell to attend the event. Hopefully he understands the Spanish spoken questions and can respond to the Spanish audience in Spanish.

Maydel Santana-Bravo

Director, FIU Media Relations

Guest
Guest

And you think this is funny??? Well then.. hopefully you and the rest of FIU Media Relations take a big hit on this one.

Getaclue
Getaclue

wbeck, how about some decaf? Can't you tell this was not posted by FIU?

Maydel Santana-Bravo
Maydel Santana-Bravo

My comments in the story about this evening’s Univision mayoral forum were misrepresented. When asked about why FIU was not providing English translation, I explained that the forum is being organized by Univision – not FIU, therefore it is not up to FIU to pay for translation. FIU is providing the venue, for a fee, as we would for any other organization in our community. We simply informed the university community about this free and timely event. Again, FIU is not sponsoring or organizing this mayoral forum. Maydel Santana-BravoDirector, FIU Media Relations

Guest
Guest

You can spin this any way you want.. but the majority is not buying it! This is racism pure and simple. Please admit it and stop defending this atrocity.

panthers2009
panthers2009

fromExternal Relations ucr@fiu.edureply-toaus@fiu.edutoSTUDENT-LIST@listserv.fiu.edudateMon, May 9, 2011 at 5:35 PMsubjectUnivision Mayoral Forum Invitationmailed-bylistserv.fiu.eduunsubscribeUnsubscribe from this senderhide details May 9 (1 day ago)Dear students, faculty and staff: In March, the voters of Miami Dade County recalled Mayor Carlos Alvarez and a special election has been set for May 24. The winner will serve for the reminder of Alvarez’s term. Univision has organized a forum among the top candidates vying to become the next mayor of Miami Dade County. Candidates Jose Cancio,Carlos Gimenez, Marcelo Llorente and Julio Robaina have been invited to participate. The forum, which will be in Spanish, will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 5 p.m. at FIU’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center. It will be broadcast live on WQBA 1140 AM and rebroadcast on Channel 23 on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to attend and be part of the political process taking place in our community. Be involved! If you have any questions, please call the Office of Media Relations, at 305-348-2232. Sincerely, Sandra Gonzalez-LevySenior Vice President for External Relations

Guest
Guest

So,, what makes them the "top candidates" and WHO made this decision??? Sandra Gonzalez NEEDS to be FIRED.

JerkChicken4President
JerkChicken4President

reevaluate your values and who you value. reevaluate your values and who you value. reevaluate your values and who you value. reevaluate your values and who you value.

Nieves690
Nieves690

How is it not an FIU endorsed event when they not only included their logo on all of the advertising material, but they also had the FIU Foundation EVP of External relations send the email out to FIU students, staff and faculty? FIU allows many outside organizations use their facilities including Lingerie Football League and MMA, yet they do not endorse those events w/ their logo or promote them to their student body.

CheckUrSelf
CheckUrSelf

SO true.....FIU likes to straddle the fence. It's easy to now say that FIU is not endorsing this event being that they are coming under fire!

Ktimo001
Ktimo001

shocking turn of events.. "FIU community has a good number of African-Americans, Haitian Americans and Anglos who don't speak Spanish" these #s are huge.. but no translator.. mannn BULL S*^T

Guest
Guest

Only Cubans, eh? Not surprising.

Nothanks
Nothanks

You fucking idiot. This is not an FIU event. Stop trying to incite controversy.

Guest
Guest

Then FIU should have just steered clear of this "controversy" and told them to hold their racially charged event some place else. Guess money was more important than doing the right thing.

CheckUrSelf
CheckUrSelf

It doesn't matter that's it's not an FIU event. FIU is a public university and as such should be more selective in ensuring that the events they allow to be hosted on its campus is welcoming to ALL. NOT just hispanic speaking americans!

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