Antonio Villaraigosa judges others by those with whom they associate. He often utters this popular Spanish saying to his followers:
"Dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres"
"Tell me with whom you hang out, and I will tell you who you really are"
Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out with L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina
At the 1997 Southwest Voter Registration Education Project meeting, where Antonio Villaraigosa was present, he did not repudiate Gloria Molina when she had this racist remark to say as to why Latinos should register to vote:
"Our vote is gonna be important, but I gotta tell you, there's a lot of people that are saying, I'm gonna go out there and vote because I wanna PAY THEM BACK"
Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party shouted these racist remarks to an audience of prominent Latino figures and politicians including Antonio Villaraigosa.
"We need to concentrate and help those organizations like one stop with Juan Jose Gutierrez and ... Americana with
Bert Corona, any organization that helps make citizens. Power is not given to you, you have to take it! People say to me when I was on the senate floor when I was in the senate, why do you fight so hard for affirmative action programs. And I tell my white colleagues: because you're gonna need them. Remember, 187 is the last gasp of white America."
Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out with Jose Angel Gutierrez
Jose Angel Gutierrez, Director of Mexican-American Studies Center at the University of Texas at Arlington had this to say at a Los Angeles gathering.
"There are those who are saying they're concerned because we are Latinizing Los Angeles, that there are too many Mexicans here, we're the biggest..., that we're the biggest national security threat to the United States. I love it! Estan cagando cabrones miedo (The bastards are shitting with fear). I love it!"
because that's a reality. California is going to be inhabited mostly by Hispanics.
"We're going to take over all the political institutions of California, in five years, we're going to be the majority population in this state. California is going to be a Hispanic state and anyone who doesn't like it should leave" and "Well, if they (Anglos) don't like Mexicans they ought to leave. They ought to go back to Europe."
Villaraigosa's close friend Mario Obledo, co-founder of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and winner of the 1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Clinton, made these racist remarks on the Tom Leykis talk show on 6/17/98 and on the Ray Briem talk show on 6/17/98. Asked by Ray Briem if he thought that the statement was racist, Obledo said "No,
So let's see with whom Antonio Villaraigosa hangs out: