By Evelyn Perez-Verdia
Carlos Pereira, a Venezuelan-American who lives in Doral, Florida and also is involved in politics in Miami has sent a letter to The
Doral City Council asking them to break all ties with Donald Trump, and to ask Trump to return the keys of the city due to his generalized racist remarks toward the Mexican community of the United States. Trump called them rapists and drug dealers. Pereira had already sent a letter to Mayor Boria and did not receive a response.
Here is Carlos Pereira’s letter:
Dear Members of the Doral City Council:
Not having received a response to my letter regarding our relationship with Donald Trump that I wrote to our distinguished Mayor and with copies sent to all of you, I want this letter to express my disappointment and concern at the “intellectual cowardice” in the city of Doral.
I wish to inform you that I keep getting calls from neighbors and friends outraged by nothing being done to change our relationship with Donald Trump. I want to alert you that the majority of the residents of this City are greatly affected. As an example, I quote from a letter about a poem by Martin Niemoller that I received from a neighbor:
“First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
This poem is frequently quoted, and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
(And now they are coming for the Mexicans and you are saying nothing) Carlos Pereira.
The famous author and Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke wrote the following thoughts with which we can all totally agree:
- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
- Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
With respect to the relationship of the city of Doral and Donald Trump, the promotion of hatred is a moral corruption. Thus in the city of Doral we do not need or want the benefits of Mr. Trump’s racism. That is why I am sending each of you this plea that the city of Doral has to break our relationship with Donald Trump by withdrawing the key to the city and declaring him persona non grata.
In an interview with the Miami paper Diario de las Americas, Boria said the following: “I do not regret giving him the distinction of the Key of the City…it is like if we made reference to a sports champion who won a medal, and months later this athlete becomes insane. We can’t ask him to return this distinction.” Boria also placed two statements on his Facebook page showing his disagreement with Trump’s words.
Yet, Mr Pereira thinks it is not enough. “Today, we are all Mexicans. What Trump is promoting is called hate, and this is morally corrupt. As Latinamericans, we can not permit this hate toward the Mexican population”, said Pereira to Political Pasion. Mr. Pereira is heavily involved with the Democratic Party. Regardless of his party affiliation, would we not think that a constituent of the City of Doral needs to receive a response for his or her concerns?