One and the same?

From the letters to the editor in today’s Houston Chronicle:

Regarding Rick Casey’s “So many Latinos, so few elected” (Page B1, July 17), there is another, and more relevant, reason for the election of an Anglo over a Latino in Harris County Precinct 2. It is not race; it is political philosophy.

It strikes me that for at least some people, race and political philosophy are seen as one and the same. They are seen that way to the point, of course, that if you don’t agree with certain politicians, you’re considered racist — witness Dan Ramos and his hateful remarks towards several different kinds of people. It’s wrong that people see it that way, but the fact remains that a lot of them do.

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