Where were they when Mr. and Mrs. Gomez or Mr. and Mrs. Garcia were being charged 40 to wire 100 Where were they when the mortgage companies were charging folks the maximum allowable interest that the laws provide for Where were they when people were having to spend 10 to 15 of their payroll check just to cash the check. It is not enough to come out and say, 'Here we are. We've hired Jose. He is our Hispanic guy, and so, therefore, you need to trust us and patronize us.' Our entire foundation is built on the promise of dignity and respect in every single relationship,
I knew the French were not ashamed of Carmen and she was a whore. I knew the Italians were not ashamed of Tosca and she was a high-class one. The Wagnerian operas had incest. So there was nothing in Porgy and Bess to be ashamed of. The thing to do was to bring out all the integrity, all the dignity.