Hotel owner tells Hispanic employees to change names
A hotel owner in New Mexico is facing protests after he ordered Hispanic employees to stop speaking Spanish and Anglicize their names. Martin (Mahr-TEEN) was ordered to change his name to plain old Martin. Marcos was ordered to change his name to Marcos.
Larry Whitten bought the distressed Southwestern-themed hotel in Taos, N.M. over the summer with hopes of saving it. “I’m not a racist and I would apologize if I offended anyone that would think I was a racist. It was not intentional. It was simply to help the hotel progress from the low state that it is in, Whitten told CNN’s Kyra Phillips.
This video is from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast Oct. 26, 2009.