Anchorage Assemblyman Felix Rivera spent part of this past Sunday railing against the fact that white men run for and are elected to political office.

Rivera, a Hispanic man who identifies as LGBTQ, issued his comments during a one-hour online forum hosted by the Alaska Black Caucus.

“I really think our political establishments need to get over this idea that only a certain type-cast of individual can run for office,” he said. “Because when you do that, you’re typically going to go to someone who is white and someone who is male, and we need to get beyond that very rigid thinking in our political establishments.”

Rivera has a history of labeling his political opponents as homophobic, racist or guardians of the loosely defined “establishment.”

Rivera’s assertion that white males dominate politics flies in the face of the fact that the 11-member Anchorage Assembly includes five women, three people who identify as LGBTQ and at least three others who are members of minority groups.

Rivera completely ignored the broad diversity of the Assembly, and instead lamented the fact that minorities struggle to get elected to office because they don’t see people like themselves in places of power.

“Systems and particularly the systems of government that we are so concerned about aren’t going to change on their own,” he complained. “They don’t want to change on their own. In fact, they’ve frankly brainwashed people into thinking they are perfect. Which is how we get people saying there is no racism. There is no issue.”

After deriding his political adversaries as “brainwashed,” Rivera then bemoaned the fact so many Anchorage residents oppose his politics.

“When you try to fight against these systems, boy-o-boy, get ready for pushback from certain parts of our community,” he said. “It really takes a mindset of accountability and a mindset that this is going to be a priority – that every day I’m going to think about equity, I’m going to think about justice, I’m going to think about how our systems are built and what we can do to deconstruct them.”

Rivera spent much of the last year serving as chair of the Anchorage Assembly. During that time, he spearheaded a host of extremely unpopular ideas, including the establishment of city-run homeless shelters in residential and business districts, banning counseling to help minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, barring the Assembly chambers from the public and mandating masks while closing businesses and churches.

Rivera has a history of labeling his political opponents as homophobic, racist or guardians of the loosely defined “establishment” – a label he typically gives to those with whom he disagrees.

As a result of his actions, Rivera faced a recall effort this past spring, which he ultimately survived by winning 56% of the vote.

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Anchorage Assemblyman Rivera takes aim at white males in public office

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    Rivera is like a stay puff marshmallow man trying to stay relevant. Just go away Felicia!

    • Matthew says:

      It’s – *bye Felicia – if your going to steal a 13 year old girls swag, get it right

      • Michael S Totten says:

        Oh look here. The GRAMMAR Nazis are on the watchman. I bet you have a gay love for Rivera. BY FELICIA!. Go back to your safe space Matthew. Nobody here cares about your opinion

      • Matthew says:

        Look here twat waffle – if your going to quote mid 90’s movies, especially Friday, get it right. If your going to talk like a 13 year old girl, get it right. The only safe space I have is up on your back fish-hooking your fat a$$ while I box your kidneys. That being said a go fall up some stairs with your thick a$$. take a bath while your at it – you smell like a hobo.

      • Michael S Totten says:

        And I dont know about any 13 year old girl. Obviously you have never seen FRIDAY when ice cube used the line. You need to get your crap straight before you open your pie hole on a public forum

  • Karen Ottenbreit says:

    Gee Felix, I don’t care what your racial heritage is and I don’t want to know whom you are intimate with. Neither of those things have anything to do with the fact that your ideas are bad, your behavior immature and your moral compass is broken.

  • Matthew says:

    He’s pissed white males don’t want to smash him.

  • EscapedAnchorage says:

    Can they recall this guy again? I mean after what the courts did recently they can try again right?

  • Lobo says:

    I may be wrong, but I think he can be recalled again. I don’t know about the laws regarding that, but it would seem that he can be recalled on any issue regarding misconduct, political, or personal.. again.

  • Jen says:

    Does his complaint include Dunbar, Zalatel, Constant, Wellington, Peterson, Lafrance, Kennedy, and Allard?
    They are all white including the entire AK Democrat party staff.
    Next we be hearing from this guy the Democrat party is racist when Rivera’s white Democrat bosses start withdrawing their support of him and reigning in their over zealous liberal Democrats crashing their party before Democrats lose the entire organization all together to radicals.

  • MRX says:

    He has a point whether anyone agrees with it or not. The right and left are mainly white. The orange guy that just lost the election keeps peddling BS that AmeriKKKa is now in reverse, heading backwards to the days of old. Soon there will be public lynchings and cross burnings! I am sure 95% of you will be front and center for it all.

    • Herman Nelson says:

      Still raging over “orange man bad”…? Hope you like those rising gas and food prices. Voter remorse yet..?

      • John says:

        Rising prices don’t matter to such deviants who get everything free. Strange they are always ungrateful to those providing for them.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      I just realized school is out for summer.

    • Michael S Totten says:

      You are an ignorant troll. Obviously you havent seen the AUDIT results out of Arizona and Georgia. Trump won. You all know it and you won’t admit it because you are all useless eaters who have been brainwashed by liberal sociology professors and news media. Now go back to your safespace and let the adults have a conversation

    • Sheppy says:

      Don’t get out much here of late, do you? My Colombian in-laws and their extended family would tend to disagree.

    • John says:

      Angry Captain obvious reminds us the left and right are mainly white, as is the population of our country.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Rivera is a cry baby.
    Yes recall this Loser again.

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Rivera- just another communist parasite who moved up to Alaska to spread the “wealth”.

  • Tamra Nygaard says:

    Poor little Felix, the deck is just stacked against him. Why, if it weren’t for those nasty white Republicans he would be mayor…no…governor…no, POTUS! That must be true, mustn’t it?

  • DJ says:

    Sounds like Felix is your typical liberal racist.

  • Kathryn Tutko says:

    I am part of the LGBTQ community, however I am getting really sick of members, including Felix Rivera, using his identity to make himself and others look like victims. When I was a much younger person, the gay and lesbian community here in Anchorage fought hard against labels, and now they have so many it’s hard to keep up. We also fought hard to not turn around and use labels or stereotypes against others. It angers me that Mr. Rivera chooses to use his platform to blast anyone who is white and male. Its reverse discrimination. It seems Mr.Rivera is doing the exact opposite of what we fought for, and should be ashamed of himself. Just because he is a member of the LGBTQ community does not mean he makes a good assembly member.

    • Sandra Oden says:

      I remember when I was in my 20’s I was single, went to bars and knew a lot of people. Race and sexual preference were secondary characteristics and I was content that, when I had my children, every person would be treated the same. Now, some of my own kids think I’m a homophobic racist. I really can’t wait for people to chill! And earth to Felix . . . You might think you’re progressive, but at least half of your constituents think you’re childish. I don’t trust our voting system.

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      Amen, sister. Really well said! He is making all LGBTQ people look like racists and haters; which they are not.

    • Joel Adams says:

      That LGBTQetc. label alone doesn’t make him worthy of respect either.

      • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

        Yep, who really care what letter people use identify themselves. All they do by doing so is try to make others’ feel like they are oppressing them; when it is actually them that are doing the oppressing. Very effective methods by Marxists

  • Mo says:

    Far left, very far left. Typical left wing LGBT who screams and cries intolerance and bases your campaign on seeking equality for everyone and when you get in the pilots seat you start bashing everyone around you. Piss off.

  • G Aleution says:

    The litmus test should be does he know the US Constitution well and support his oath to defend it. Melanin is not the test. We have a perfect union. Let us keep our republic even in Anchorage and strengthen it.

  • Scholastica says:

    I have never met Felix, but in the photos he looks like a white male to me.

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      To my knowledge, “hispanics” are decendents of both the First Nation peoples of Central or South America AND “white” people from Europe (usually from Spain?). If the have no white (I hate these racist terms) blood in them and are, indeed, full blooded First Nation people (such as Mayan) they are not “hispanic”. Just goes to prove that this poor man hates at least part of himself. We need to pray for people like this.

      • Ken-Ryzen says:

        he is not raciest he is just saying what is trendy this is what he thinks people want to hear because he thinks you stay in office if you are popular instead of respected the media would have you think covid and white fragility have taken over the world and that it needs to be remade when in reality there is only a small amount of people that have bought into this lie which the media is spending billions of dollars to pump into our society…

      • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

        Thank you for your comments but he is a racist, even against himself; which shows just how stupidly “woke” he is. (More like “assleep” – misspelling on purpose!).

  • Ken-Ryzen says:

    We all now this guy only represents him self I dont think he will get reelected he wants to be there so he can have the power over those he is supposed to represent and work diligently for his Philanthropy is false and that is a shame that he cant see what an opportunity he has to represent which is where the real power lies the power is not in being in office the power is in having a large body of citizens supporting the work that you are doing this is an example of why the bridge from anchorage to knik has always been blocked from being built because if it was anchorage would empty out over night and anchorage would loose a ton of money and citizens to bully with there ridiculous taxes and absurd codified laws the one thing holding many citizens from moving is the one hour drive to the valley were all the citizens are free to conduct business and live there lives with out infringement of legal plunder and false Philanthropy…

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