Said Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez, Mexican Physicist doing academic research in Europe.
In perusing the responses by people who have been following the Lorenzo Garcia University of Texas story, a comment made by Said Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez is a gem that I have found. Lorenzo Garcia and his chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas are under fire for a controversial “catch an illegal immigrant game,” which calls for students to apprehend people wearing “illegal immigrant” labels in exchange for $25 gift cards.
We are happy to hear the University of Texas leadership reacted swiftly, and we are glad the “catch an illegal” game has been cancelled.
Regarding the YCT controversial game, Rahimzadeh-Kalaleh Rodriguez says:
I am a Mexican physicist doing academic research in Europe (as an immigrant). Suppose for a moment I were considering joining your University, and suppose that I am a qualified individual (will not say that of myself). How do you think your event makes me feel about your University. Do you think I will have any desire to engage in an atmosphere where people get 25 dollar rewards for catching “illigal immigrants” walking around a University campus?
To judge everyone at UT based on the actions of this group would be as wrong as judging all Mexicans (or even latin-americans) based on the actions of a sub-sector of that population. However, this event does reflect the level of conciousness and tolerance of a significant sector of your University. To be honest, I find it sad that you derive a sense of identity from hating a fellow who just happened to be born on the other side of a river. Learn to earn merit and appreciation from your own ideas and creativity, and stimulate others to be the highest version of their own selves they can be. Then you will attract the most fascinating people to your debate. Otherwise, all I see now is a group of people who derive a sense of superiority from the very thing for which we have the least control at all: where we were born.
Well said, Mr. Rodriguez. And we would like to wish you and your family the best in all your endeavors.
Meanwhile we saw an internal YCT poll asking those on the message forum whether people believed YCT was racist or not. An overwhelming2000+ votes declared YCT as racist
Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) viewed as “racist” in an internal poll taken within the YCT FB message board when the “Catch An Illegal” Game was posted by Lorenzo Garcia. Lorenzo supported Senator Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott.