They are not us

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We at Latino Perspectives magazine are proud to live in Arizona.

So proud that we feel the need to apologize for the rude Republicans at the Arizona Biltmore on election night.

We wonder what the rest of the country thinks of us after Sen. John McCain gave his gracious concession speech.

As McCain heaped praise on President-elect Barack Obama, many in the crowd booed. Even McCain seemed a bit taken back, gesturing for his supporters to tone down their show of disapproval.

So we say to all those who were watching TV screens throughout this country and throughout the world, most Arizonans are so much better than that.

And after watching the two campaign parties – McCain’s at the Biltmore and Obama’s at Grant Park in Chicago – it was clear why Obama won the election in a landslide. The diversity of his supporters was an awesome sight: Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Whites, young people, older people.

There was a completely different paint palette at the McCain bash. In fact, it was hard to spot any faces of color.

Republicans should not ignore the powerful message Obama’s historic victory sent to children and teen minorities that will make up the bulk of the U.S. voter population in the decades to come. Not if they ever want to get another Republican president elected.

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