Jew sinks Sandoval resolution
condemning Savage hate speech
A visibly upset Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval passes by Supervisor
Ed Jew after Jew cast the lone dissenting vote effectively killing
a Sandoval authored resolution condemning Michael Savage racist
August 14, 2007
Supervisor Ed Jew cast the lone dissenting vote today effectively
killing a resolution that condemns the type of racist hate speech
spouted by Michael Savage on his radio show, The Savage Nation.
The resolution, authored by Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, required
a unanimous vote to assure passage without committee reference.
According to Sandoval, Savage made his disparaging remarks about
immigrant students fasting in support of the Dream
"The students, who were fasting in support of the Dream
Act, were the subject of hate speech by Michael Savage on his
radio show Savage Nation. He 'urged the students to fast until
they starve to death'," Sandoval said.
"Don't fool yourself, this kind of speech just incites behavior
that is nothing short of hysteria, and it's the kind of hysterical
behavior we saw in Nazi Germany 60 years ago.
"He further went on to say to the students on the air to
'go make a bomb where you came from,' implying immigrants are
"In the past decade, this type of inflammatory commentary
has led to the beating and harassment and repression of many loyal
Muslim-Americans, and in the past has led to similar behavior
against many other Americans of different ethnic backgrounds.
"This attempt to vilify Latino-Americans will not be tolerated,"
Republican Democrat and a Chinese-American, cast
the dissenting vote on the basis that Savage, however distasteful
his speech might be, is exercising his first amendment right to
"Colleagues, for the record, I want to state that I do not
agree with the comments allegedly made by Mr. Savage, but that
the first amendment gives him the right to make those comments,"
Sandoval fired back calling into question Jew's support for immigrants
"I know that in my heart that if this commentary was directed
at the Chinese-American community or the Asian community, you
would not be resorting to this empty and rigid formalism on your
part," Sandoval said.
"I ask you to stand with the Latino community, to stand
with the immigrant community, which you have so many times purported
to represent and champion," Sandoval pled.
Following the vote, a visibly upset Sandoval told Fog City: "It's
a set back because the resolution won't be heard until mid-September,
and that takes a lot of wind out of our sails.
"The resolution created a San Francisco policy that says
that we recognize this is hate speech and we condemn it. It's
a first step in raising awareness - and it will to other councils
doing the same thing - and in the end companies like Clear Channel
which continue to support him, and the advertisers who continue
to support the show, will get the message just like owners of
Don Imus' show got the message, just like NBC got the message
4 years ago when they fired Michael Savage.
"It's shameful that San Francisco couldn't get this done
today," Sandoval lamented.