There’s no place here for racism

Mayor David Holt confirms the inclusive nature of his municipal government.

Before he was elected, Mayor David Holt sent out signals that might have raised the right-wing extremists of his own Republican Party: The Oklahoma City government he proposed to lead would be inclusive.

One government for all. Today more than ever, in the midst of dangerous anti-immigrant rhetoric at the national level, the correct and young politician recognizes the value of the Hispanic community in the development of an Oklahoma in which the vibrant work of our community is increasingly noticeable. That’s how Holt sees it.

Mayor, why is it important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Oklahoma City?

-We have a growing Hispanic community and it is very important that we take a moment to recognize and celebrate that. There is behind it all a great history and culture that comes from different Central and South American countries. This is therefore a very opportune month to celebrate all of this and what it means for Oklahoma City.

Inclusion has been the theme of your campaign. What have you done to include Oklahoma’s Hispanic community in your administration?

-A good part of it is symbolic, to be sure that the language I use is inclusive and welcomes everyone and the places I go and the things I do as mayor are diverse and inclusive.

There’s also the fact that we’ve named more Hispanics to commissions than ever before and MAPS 4 is something that will take rapid transit to Capitol Hill in south Oklahoma City, where there are a lot of Hispanics. We have more projects in South Oklahoma City than any other project in this series.

What is your message to people who don’t believe in inclusion?

Well, you know, all I can control is the message I develop. The message that represents Oklahoma City and all I can tell you is that there is no room for racism or exclusion in that message. And if that’s the way they think, maybe this isn’t the City for them.