When asked about his comments, Díaz said that he is tired of people using black and Hispanic pain for their own benefit, and suggested that Smith is being exploited by the IDC and senate Republicans simply to have a minority face in their leadership coalition.
“I know the game, I know how they play. [The senate leadership] need[s] to show that they care [about minority issues] and for that they get one or two [minorities],” Díaz said. “They give a little piece of bone to Malcolm, and they say ‘we have the minority we love’.”
Smith did not respond to a request for comment.