La Raza is the biggest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Now, they in the midst of a controversy because critics are saying that they have not been vocal about the Trayvon Martin case. This has caused many to think they are influenced by unspoken tensions between Latinos and blacks, because George Zimmerman is part Latino. La Raza denies these accusations and argues that they are doing everything they can to help the cause. WMTV reports:
(CNN) – The National Council of La Raza responded to accusations on Wednesday by critics such as conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh that the civil rights organization has not been vocal enough during the Trayvon Martin controversy.
“We really regret people trying to use this to divide blacks and Latinos,” said Lisa Navarrete, a spokeswoman for La Raza. “It’s disturbing to us that Rush Limbaugh has this theory. The only time he apparently cares about what happens to a Latino is when they may have happened to kill a young African-American man.”
In response to a caller on his radio program on Tuesday, Limbaugh suggested La Raza, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has not stood behind Zimmerman after it was publicized that he identified himself as Hispanic.