“No one enters unless they are an official or an advisory council member. No more, because this is becoming a merienda de negros” [Note: in Spanish, the expression “merienda de negros” (which roughly translates to “black people's snack time”) is an expression with racist undertones which means that things are getting out of hand.] These were the words used by Bogotá councilman Jorge Durán Silva, from the Liberal Party, when he called to order during a debate in the council last May 16, 2012. The video of this comment began to spread through media and social networks on July 31, immediately causing outrage among citizens.
On August 2, YouTube user kienykeVideo [es] edited the video, adding a question at the end:
¿Cuál es el pronunciamiento del Concejo de Bogotá y el Partido Liberal ante este tipo de expresiones por parte de los dirigentes políticos?
The comment has revived [es] a similar event starring the deputy to the Assembly of Antioquia, Rodrigo Mesa Cadavid. The Attorney General's Office opened a disciplinary process for Mesa after his comment referring to one of the departments with the largest population with African descent in Colombia: “The money that you will invest to the Choco is like spraying perfume on a bollo [human waste]”. Social organizations sued Mesa; however, he was finally disabled [es] from his post on charges of falsifying a public document.
Enrique Jimmy Vargas (@Enriquejimmyvar) [es], recalls Mesa's case and uses upper-case letters to suggest the following:
Similarly, Jaime Rodríguez (@jaime_concejal) [es], a current candidate to Bogota's Council, writes:
@jaime_concejal: El concejal Jorge Duran Silva debe ser sancionado por “RACISTA”
Moreover, German Rozo (@AmericanoGR) [es] highlights how the Colombians of African descent have represented the country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London:
@AmericanoGR: Mientras Jorge Durán Silva hace comentarios racistas, 2 de nuestros afrodescendientes dejan en alto nuestra bandera en los Juegos Olímpicos.
Oswaldo Loboa Aragón (@LoboaC521) [es] sends a message to the councilman:
@LoboaC521: CONCEJAL Jorge Duran silva ES UNA INCITACION A LA VIOLENCIA PRACTICAR EL RACISMO ………..EN COLOMBIA USTED ESTA RODEADO DE ELLOS UUUFFFFF