[lac-discuss-en] LACRALO Elections - The Matter of Bigotry

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 16:32:22 UTC 2015

No, I did not forget.  It was a deliberate omission.

I have voted for Alberto Soto.

I have never voted for Humberto Carrasco.

-Carlton Samuels

Carlton A Samuels
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On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 9:04 AM, Lance Hinds <brainstreetceo at gmail.com>

> Well said Carlton.
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM, Carlton Samuels <
> carlton.samuels at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It is really irritating to hear about and see Caribbean efforts described
>> - in face-to-face conversions as well as intimated online - as one looking
>> for handouts.
>> This is about the rules.  And respect for the rules. And by so doing,
>> respecting all of us.  And when our rights are abridged, we shall respond.
>> Fiercely too, if we must.
>> I see one of our colleagues under attack for calling these attacks
>> plainly, bigotry <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigotry> [
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigotry].  That is his judgment and he has
>> an absolute right to discomfit those who carry that seed. We are different
>> people with different styles of engagement. But make no mistake, we know
>> when a hand is raised against us. And, what we must do.
>> There are no sacred cows. At least not where reason lives.
>> It was a watershed moment for me when one of my longtime colleagues, the
>> hardest worker among Caribbean ALS representatives, one who is slow to
>> anger, describe the situation as us being treated as if we were, literally
>> and figuratively, slaves!
>> I am responsible for the original draft of the LACRALO Principles and the
>> Rules of Procedure.
>> The original version of the Principles and Rules of Procedure were
>> finalized with the assistance of Nick Ashton-Hart, then [ICANN] Director of
>> At-Large.
>> Ditto the revised 2008 version that created the role for a permanent
>> Chair.
>> This narrative that claims 'we do not understand the rules' is as
>> long-running as it is incredible.  The ONLY suggestions for change from
>> those who claim lack of understanding was an attempt at Costa Rica to
>> create more LACRALO posts with titles and to discriminate against Internet
>> users depending on where they live.
>> One or other of us have been involved in all the heavy lifting. There was
>> a time when the only ones we could call on to do real work were Andres
>> Piazza and Carlos Dionisio Aguirre. Add Fatima Cambronero to that list.
>> Those were the days Carlos was just learning English. We saw the struggle
>> and how determined he was to participate. So we formed a principle; we will
>> never support discrimination based on language or language proficiency.
>> People will grow.
>> Contrary to what the bigots would say,  the UWI ALS and other Caribbean
>> ALS have supported and voted many Latins as representatives and leaders.
>> I have voted and supported, among others, the following persons:
>> Carlos Dionisio Aguirre, Jose Ovidio Salgueiro, Sergio Salinas Porto,
>> Fatima Cambronero, Natalia Enciso, Sylvia Herlein Leite, Jose Arce,  and
>> Juan Manuel Rojas.  Yes, some more enthusiastically than for others.
>> At that much maligned and fabricated Mexico City GA, the UWI ALS cast its
>> vote for one Sergio Salinas Porto.
>> The record will show the UWI ALS is the only Caribbean ALS to ever vote
>> for FLUI-associated members for leadership, despite their seeming gut-level
>> opposition to Caribbean representation.  We always look for the redeeming
>> attributes.
>> I have gone against the advice of my Caribbean peers, even my own
>> business partner, to vote for candidates who did not speak English as
>> representatives.  That was on principle.
>> My principles do not operate on a sliding scale. My principles cannot be
>> situational.
>> -Carlton Samuels
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>> Carlton A Samuels
>> Mobile: 876-818-1799
>> *Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*
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