When you can find images like this (below) on CafePress it’s not hard to see how we’re turning into a very hateful and ignorant country.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s The year in hate shows that hate groups have been growing steadily across the country. This hate is fueled by anti-migrant rhetoric that has now made it ok to openly speak ill of Hispanics (“it’s the law”). In Shenandoah six teens showed one migrant from Mexico just how unwelcoming the United States can be. Given our youth quite often project the views instituted within by their parents this is awfully scary.
While many people against immigration and “illegal” immigration use the law and overpopulation as an ‘excuse’ all too often we see the hate speech and action brought to the forefront. Those people that despise others can only hold their anger in for so long before someone ends up dead. The CafePress example above shows just how hateful people can be towards others. Sadly the CafePress example is nothing compared to what’s out there.
The town’s police chief states in this story:
“Things are definitely not the way they used to be even 10 years ago. Things have changed here radically,” Nestor said. “Some people could adapt to the changes and some just have a difficult time doing it. … Yeah, there is tension at times. You can’t deny that.”
From a bit of truth we move to utter bs:
“From what we understand right now, it wasn’t racially motivated,” Nestor said. “This looks like a street fight that went wrong.”
An eye witness that happens to be a retired police office heard the youths telling Ramirez’s friends to get out of Shenandoah or the same thing would happen to them. However, the town seems set on protecting these kids who happen to be stars on the town’s football team.
Despite the witness statements, Borough Manager Joseph Palubinsky said he doesn’t believe Ramirez’s ethnicity was what prompted the fight: “I have reason to know the kids who were involved, the families who were involved, and I’ve never known them to harbor this type of feeling.”
For some perspective on PA and anti-migrant thought here’s a post a wrote previously titled What’s The Deal With PA And Anti-Migrants?
Immigrant’s Beating Death Exposes Tensions in Pa. – ABC News
Immigrant’s Beating Death Exposes Tensions in Pa.
Mexican immigrant’s beating at hands of youths exposes racial tensions in Pennsylvania town
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer
SHENANDOAH, Pa. July 18, 2008 (AP)
Luis Ramirez came to the U.S. from Mexico six years ago to look for work, landing in this town in Pennsylvania’s coal region. Here, he found steady employment, fathered two children and, his fiancee said, occasionally endured harassment by white residents.
For perspective here’s one comment from the comments section at ABC:
The rest of the country needs to follow suit. We can beat them out of here quicker than we can deport them. The piece of trash that married him knowing that he was illegal needs to be deported along with her two illegal #### children. Posted by: nbclmns 6:49 AM
If anyone is not convinced that these teens were involved in a hate crime (as if the beating death of a man is not enough) read the account from a retired police officer and others at the scene.
Eileen Burke, a retired Philadelphia police officer who lives near the scene, said about the time of the beating she heard someone shouting “You tell all your Mexican friends to get out of town.”
“We saw a bunch of kids walking away and screaming things like … ‘Go back to Mexico.’ We called the police,” said Arielle Garcia, 17, a friend of Ramirez who was at the scene.
Also, the idea that he deserved this because U.S. citizens aren’t getting justice or he shouldn’t have been here in the first place is simply cold-hearted ridiculousness.
Anyone wanting to read more on this please visit DMI Blog for a very thoughtful post. A quote from this post:
This story is important because this family’s tragedy—and the lesser tragedies of the boys who were so motivated by fear and hatred of the “other” that they beat another human being to death—represents the experience of millions of migrants living in this country in today’s poisonous environment.