By Marc Campos

H-Town’s Intolerance To Tolerance

H-Town loves to brag about celebrating our diversity. However, when it comes to promoting the word “tolerance” we’re chicken.Check out today’s Chron. The pedestrian bridge down the road from Commentary’s ‘hood was supposed to be called “Tolerance Bridge” but the name has been scrapped because some folks think the word “tolerance” has a negative connotation – huh – that’s news to me!

I hope you can “tolerate” the following from the Chron piece: “Philanthropist Mica Mosbacher said she came up with the idea for a public art project celebrating tolerance after the 2006 hate-crime beating of David Ritcheson, a 17-year-old Hispanic teen from Spring. ‘We did not want the family to feel that was how the majority of Houstonians viewed people of other races,’ Mosbacher said. She brought her idea to the mayor, who proposed turning it into a high-concept bridge that would also be an amenity for the joggers and bikers along Allen Parkway. Local artist Bill Davenport said he disliked the feel-good design concept, but called the renaming process ‘strange.’ ‘It’s not about ‘tolerance’ anymore?’ he asked. But Davenport, who also blogs about the local art scene, was not surprised. Public art is ‘always ripe with opportunities for ridicule,’ he said. ‘There are just so many constituencies to satisfy: the funders, the city, the public, the art people. It’s just a glacial morass of bureaucratic fumbling and bumbling around. And sometimes it works anyway, and sometimes it doesn’t.’”

Way to go H-Town. I guess we won't celebrate “tolerance” for a while!

SHUT UP! Aides to Dallas’ newest resident are upset over The President’s inaugural address. They think The President took some unnecessary shots. Those fellas need to shut up and get lost for a while. As far as Commentary was concerned, the new Dallas resident got off light. Check out the story.

Former Dem Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell helped bring peace to Ireland then he got around to busting The Rocket. Now it’s the Middle East – yikes!

Last Saturday night on SNL the opening monologue with Guest Host Rosario Dawson – who don’t need touching up by the way – included the player that does Obama doing a Latino salsa drum player with a real strong caricatured Latino accent. I’m sure some Latinos found it offensive but I laughed. No offense taken aqui, err here. After the Empire State’s Cannibalization of Caroline debacle, I won’t be surprised if SNL works over the Governor again – he deserves it for sure for bungling the not to be appointment of Sweet Caroline.

Commentary and my buddy Hector De Leon will be on the local ABC affiliate, Channel 13, this Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 11:00 am to promote the Houston Area Latino Summit which is still taking shape. H-Town City Controller Annise Parker will also be on the program talking about checking accounts. Check us out this Sunday.

A tentative agenda has now been posted. Latinos/Latinas are registering. The moderators are set. Most of the presenters are confirmed. Sponsors are signing on. Go to www.camposcommunications.com for information on the Houston Area Latino Summit that will be held from 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday, February 14, 2009 in the Champions Pavilion at Minute Maid Park.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” scored 13 Oscar nominations. Commentary thinks it is either going to be “Slumdog” or “Button” for Best Pic.

CEWDEM’s got a BD Party tomorrow over there off of I-10 and Silber at Café Adobe from 2 to 4 pm – be there!

Meanwhile, I wonder how the front office of The Yard would take to my idea of renaming “Tal’s Hill” to “Tal’s Hill of Tolerance” – just a thought.

January 23, 2009 9:00AM

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