Editorial: Racist vandalism

POSTED: 08/18/14 5:12 PM

People have vandalized public property since time immemorial and come election time it’s expected that rival and immature supporters of different political factions will attempt to deface their opponents. We don’t condone such actions, of course, but it happens.

What bothers us, however, with the defaced image of Jacinto Mock’s political billboard (aside from the poor grammar) is its racist undertone. Clearly the grammatically challenged buffoon who sprayed over the man’s poster with the words “Sate Patato” implied an insult to Mock’s Asian ethnicity and the popular dish, Sate Potato, found in many Chinese restaurants on the island.

St. Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a Western nation state where citizenship is not based on the concept of being a member of an exclusive race or religion. It is based on the inherent and universal concept of human dignity, where people are free to express their political or religious beliefs so long as those beliefs do not harm others.

Mr. Mock has the right to participate in this election where his ideas ought to be the issue, not his race.

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