Newspaper should apologize for illustration
Editor, the Advocate:
It's more than disheartening to realize that CentroVictoria's message of overcoming stereotypes about Mexican-Americans has been ignored by our own community's newspaper. It's more than shameful to realize that the newspaper did not recognize the offensive nature of portraying author Domingo Martinez - our guest and good friend, known and respected nationally, from Los Angeles to New York - in a mariachi suit, especially as it found this Photoshopped image flattering and appropriate for an article that quotes Mr. Martinez's desire to be himself without needing to "attach race or culture to [his identity]." Imagine what could be chosen for an African-American or Asian-American.
An ethnic cartoon caricature undermines Martinez as an artist, one who is a major voice in our nation and who is also proudly a Mexican-American from Brownsville. We respectfully ask that the Victoria Advocate apologize to Domingo Martinez, who has every right to be offended, professionally and personally, by this portrayal. Embarrassed and ashamed as we feel now, we want him to know that this was a mistake and to feel welcome here - as honored to do us the favor of visiting the University of Houston-Victoria as we are that he said yes.
Dagoberto Gilb, executive director
Diana Lopez, managing director
A.J. Ortega, assistant editor