Turning once again to the unlikely conservative stronghold on Denver’s eastern flank, the state’s most ethnically and economically diverse suburb–where as the Aurora Sentinel’s Max Levy reports, yet another head-shaking disgrace is unfolding for Mayor Mike Coffman’s hand-picked crypto-Republican majority City Council:
An Aurora City Council member filmed himself imitating Mexicans, Arab Muslims, South Asians and other minority groups as advertisements for his sports bar in 2020, drawing scorn from a spectrum of community leaders…
Community leaders shown the videos responded with frustration and disappointment, while Sundberg did not respond to multiple requests for comment and a detailed list of questions sent Monday.
“It’s disrespectful, and it’s insulting to our city. Aurora is a very multicultural city. What’s his intent, just to get people to go to his business? That’s not the right way,” said Lucy Molina, a Chicana mother of two and community organizer who works in Aurora…
It appears that before launching his run for the Aurora City Council as part of Mayor Coffman’s slate of Republican candidates to wrest control of the Council from left-leaning members in 2021, Councilman Steve Sundberg did a video ad campaign for his Legends Sports Bar basically taking advantage of every available racist trope that might offend an ethnic minority residing in the city. From Muslims offered pork products:
To the virility of…”black beer.”
In another video promoting Legends’ dark lager beer — referred to by its German name, “schwarzbier,” meaning “black beer” — Sundberg imitates a German accent as he performs a skit revolving around the stereotype of Black men having large penises.
And as you can see from the photo above right, Aurora’s burgeoning Latino community was not spared:
In another video, Sundberg wears a Mexican falsa blanket, folded to look like a poncho, and pretends to be a translator for a kitchen employee, saying in Spanish that the man has “26 girlfriends” and asking if the viewer likes his large “conejos,” which literally means “rabbits.”
Like an episode of Family Guy, Sundberg’s saturation-level over-the-top racism is supposed to cancel itself out and become funny. But Sundberg never gets close to actually being funny, and the writers of Family Guy didn’t run for Aurora City Council to represent members of every community that Sundberg denigrated.
If you don’t see how bad this is, like Bill Engvall says, “here’s your sign.”
After branded Republicans were shellacked for the third straight election in Colorado last month, now-outgoing GOP chair Kristi Burton Brown identified school boards and municipal governments like Aurora as the party’s next line of defense–despite the fact that these are nominally nonpartisan races. Mayor Mike Coffman’s political comeback after being run out of Congress in 2018, winning the Aurora mayor’s race by an extremely narrow margin, has been about building an in-all-but-name partisan Republican City Council to carry out his agenda.
Mayor Coffman is back up for election in November of 2023, and it’s not looking good. Steve Sundberg and Aurora’s new InfoWars-friendly police chief are most of what Coffman has to show for his four years in office, having completely failed to resolve glaring conflicts with the community on the pressing issues of racial justice and police accountability. These issues were ignored by Coffman’s majority so they could crusade against mask mandates and step on each other’s message about the “crimenado” allegedly consuming the city.
And now Coffman gets to answer for Steve Sundberg’s hipster racism.