NHDP - ICYMI - Editorial: Nashua candidate’s attempt to justify slur raises question

Key Point: "The recent conduct of Peter Silva, Republican nominee for the Nov. 5 Nashua Ward 8 special election for state representative, raises an important ethical question. Is it a more serious moral breach to utter an ethnic slur, or to fail to appreciate the deeply offensive nature of your behavior... Well, it is derogatory. It seeks to raise fears among Republican voters that a group of people is a threat to the GOP’s values and must be thwarted simply because of their non-American heritage."

Nashua Telegraph Editorial: Nashua candidate’s attempt to justify slur raises question

The recent conduct of Peter Silva, Republican nominee for the Nov. 5 Nashua Ward 8 special election for state representative, raises an important ethical question. Is it a more serious moral breach to utter an ethnic slur, or to fail to appreciate the deeply offensive nature of your behavior?
 
Silva faces Democratic nominee Latha Mangipudi. She and her family are of Indian descent. At an Oct. 10 Nashua Republican City Committee forum, Silva warned of the challenges that face his candidacy.
 
Silva predicted Mangipudi would benefit from a large turnout of Indian voters, saying “they’ll be coming out of the woodwork” on election day. To back up his claim, he cited his personal experience on primary election day, when “I thought I was in New Delhi,” he said.
 
When asked if he thought his comments could be considered offensive to people from India, Silva said: “What I said is true. I can understand being criticized if I said something derogatory. If what I said is considered derogatory, then I think we should live in plastic bubbles,” he said.
 
Well, it is derogatory. It seeks to raise fears among Republican voters that a group of people is a threat to the GOP’s values and must be thwarted simply because of their non-American heritage.
 
And even if Silva doesn’t get it, he could at least acknowledge the feelings of those who were offended. It would at least suggest he is open to listening to alternative points of view.