According to the Rocky Mountain News, former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm is receiving criticism for statements he made regarding Latinos.
Lamm made the statements during a speech Monday in Vail hosted by the Vail Symposium, a nonprofit group that hosts educational and cultural programs. He addressed about 120 people, only a handful of whom were Hispanic or black, said Vail Symposium Executive Director Fraidy Aber.
Afterwards, some voiced their opinions on the comments and Lamm opinions.
“I was quite offended,” said state Rep. Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, who is black. “I think there’s room to have conversations about personal responsibility and we should. But we can have that conversation without demonizing.
“It’s sad that someone as intelligent as Governor Lamm can’t see how these types of comments really don’t do anything to further legitimate debate.”
Fidel “Butch” Montoya, former Denver manager of safety and a leader of Confianza, a Hispanic clergy group, said he’s “outraged” by Lamm’s comments.
“I couldn’t believe that in this day and age that someone would be so open with a sense of bigotry and extremism,” Montoya said.
This isn’t the first time that Lamm has embraced controversy, however.
Last week the Confidential (and this author) reported on connections between Lamm and the Pioneer Fund-a group accused by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Center For New Community (two civil rights watchdog organizations) of funding bogus studies to prove racial superiority.