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Why Are Hate Crimes Against Latinos Rising?

By August 2, 2010

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For months, the nation has been debating Arizona's new law to crack down on illegal immigration. That legislation went into effect on July 29, minus its more controversial elements, such as requiring immigrants to carry proof of citizenship papers. It was a win of sorts for those who opposed the policy, but the immigration debate's clear setback  has been the rise in hate crimes against Latinos.

Just over a week ago, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, walked home from a soccer game in New York's Staten Island to be attacked by five men shouting racial slurs. The victim, whose name is being withheld, suffered a broken jaw and is now reduced to eating liquids.

A hate crime against just one man is distressing enough, but there's reportedly been a wave of attacks against Latinos lately. The Hate Crimes Task Force of the New York Police Department has investigated more than twice as many hate crimes now than it did a year ago, according to the Staten Island Advance. And a number of recent crimes have occurred in Staten Island's Latino neighborhood, Port Richmond. Moreover, FBI statistics indicate that anti-Latino crimes in America increased by nearly 40 percent from 2003 to 2007. That's extremely alarming considering that the Latino population in the United States rose by just 14 percent during the same timeframe.

So, what's responsible for the spike in attacks against Latinos? Some of the ugly ways the immigration debate has been framed may very well be the cause. Latinos have been blamed for stealing jobs away from "real" Americans, rising taxes, high crime and spreading illnesses such as leprosy and tuberculosis to the U.S. They have, in short, been turned into a kind of boogeyman. This leads others not only to resent them but to dehumanize them also, which can lead to a spike in hate crimes.

"Hate criminals, most of them young men, believe they are carrying out the fervent, unspoken wishes of their communities," Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, told CNN in 2008.

At that time, Luis Ramirez, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, was killed in Shenandoah, Penn., for walking down the street with a white woman. Before that, xenophobes beat Ecuadorean Jose Osvaldo Sucuzhañay to death with a baseball bat in Brooklyn, N.Y. And before that, seven teenagers stabbed Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero to death in Patchogue, N.Y.

Anti-Latino crimes have emerged as such a trend in recent years that ABC's "What Would You Do?" aired a segment July 27 on "Mexican-hunting," as these crimes are now commonly called. Unfortunately, the program found that many people would actually walk by and do nothing if they saw an anti-Latino bashing in progress. It was disgraceful to see. But also disgraceful is how some Americans engage in the immigration debate. Whether or not you support undocumented immigrants, you have a responsibility to discuss these immigrants as if they're actual people who deserve respect rather than hatred and brutality.




Comments

August 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(1) Dale says:

Your worried about hate crimes against illegals, but you didn’t mention the crime that illegals commit against Americans. I guess thats not important and doesn’t count if it will make an illegal look bad. The illegals, their advocates, liberals and Dems are the ones who make this issue about race. Legal Americans are more concerned about the many laws the illegals break instead of which race they are. Please report ALL the facts, not just the ones that support your idea that illegals are good. They are not!

August 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(2) Veronica says:

Why are hate crimes against Latinos rising? Because history is repeating itself. Just like they did with African-Americans years ago, many Americans are choosing to remain ignorant about people who look different from them and instead, say nasty, racist things and beat up on them. To be sure, there are many legitimate issues to discuss on immigration, but when you begin saying things about people that are ignorant and unfounded, the discussion deteriorates into bigotry, irrational hatred, and violence. No matter how hard these people try to frame it, those of us who know better are not fooled. It really is a shame that the country many of us claim is the best on Earth still hasn’t learned to welcome and accept people who could bring something great to it.

August 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(3) Briggitte says:

Why are hate crimes against latinos rising? Probably because too many brainless dingbats ignore the fact -or just plain don’t like – that many of us are US citizens, and have been for generations, in order to continue being xenophobic jackasses.

August 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm
(4) Richard Keefe says:

Ms. Kareem,

The 40%/14% numbers are meaningless. They’re nothing more than SPLC fund-raising propaganda.

Without knowing what the number of anti-Latino hate crimes was in 2003, how can anyone assess what a 40% increase really means?

If there were 100 anti-Latino attacks in 2003, a 40% increase would only be 40 attacks by 2007,

Census figures show that the Latino population grew by 5.4 million in the same time frame. Even if there were 4000 anti-Latino attacks against only the newcomers in that time frame, (God forbid), that would represent an increase of “only” 0.074%.

If you measure it against the Latino population of 44 million in 2007 as a whole, the wildly inaccurate figure of 4,000 hate crimes comes in at .009% If this is a crime wave, we’ve seen worse.

The SPLC is a private fund-raising organization with nearly $190 MILLION donor-dollars on hand. It pulls down about $30 MILLION donor-dollars a year by convincing it’s mostly elderly donor base that “hate” hides behind every rock and tree.

Please, take a hard look at SPLC figures before mindlessly regurgitating them as fact. Follow the money.

Incidentally, NOT ONE of the SPLC’s top ten, highest paid executives is a minority. If these are your immigration/race experts, we’ve seen better.

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August 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm
(5) M. Magnusson says:

@Dave: Are you pretending to be unintelligent or are you really? The article is written in response to attacks on Latinos, not illegal immigrants. That includes American citizens. Hate crimes are wrong all the time, not just sometimes. The climate of fear being used to further political gains is disgusting. And the so-called heroes who are breeding this unnecessary hate need to go the way of the dodo.

August 3, 2010 at 5:01 am
(6) Doris says:

Nadra, thank you for blogging this very important issue! This demonstrates how a not-so-subtle racism permeates the immigration debate.

Richard, you need a class in statistics. If the Latino population increased by 14%, and anti-Latino hate crimes increased by 40%, that shows a disproportionate increase in hate crimes against Latinos.

Dividing (your fictitious figure of) 4,000 by 5.4 million gives you the chances of being the victim of a hate crime; it does not represent an “increase” because you have not compared it to earlier data.

August 3, 2010 at 10:04 am
(7) Vel Campbell says:

First, I don’t condone violence, however, I’m really tiredof hearing about illegal Aliens. How they don’t have a voice-they are not entitled to a voice. They entered this country illegally and we’re suppose to be okay with that. They have invaded this country and they are a drain on the system. They don’t assimilate and they want services provided to them that they don’t deserve. I find it interesting that as an African American woman we’ve done all of the dying, all of the suffering and we’re continuing to fight racism on a daily basis and no one seems to care. We are the most hated group in America and no one seems to care. However, we’ve got people here illegallly and the attitude is ‘hands off’. What are we suppose to do about this problem because it is a real problem. The US has the right to protect its borders against criminals entering this country and to say that they’re here and just leave them alone is ludicrous. They are taking jobs that Americans could have and they’re driving down the wages in this country. They are not entitled to healthcare, education, welfare and all of the other services provided to them. They are a drain on the system and they’re not all making low wages. Mexico’s problem is not ours and we’re not obligated to take care of Mexico’s citizens. If illegal aliens don’t like the way things are done in this country, then they should go back to their country instead of protesting and demanding things when they are wrong. They are so comfortable and not afraid of the law until they have the audacity to go to Congress and complain; they are wrong and I don’t support them.

August 3, 2010 at 10:15 am
(8) Richard Keefe says:

Fair enough, Doris, let’s look at the actual numbers together then:

According to Table 7 (page 16) of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting for 2003, there were 595 anti-Hispanic hate crimes reported in 2003, including 1 murder. (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/03hc.pdf)

By 2007, according to the FBI, that number had risen to 830 reported hate crimes, with 2 murders.

That’s an increase of 235 hate crimes over 3 years directed at a population that grew by 5.4 million over the same time span, or 830 such crimes directed at an overall population of 44 million Hispanics.

Again, nobody should ever be the victim of any crime, especially a hate crime, but 830 crimes against 44 million is not the crime wave the fund-raisers at the SPLC would have us believe.

It’s a money making ploy, pure and simple. The SPLC thrives on this sort of overblown report and know full well that most people will never put actual numbers to the alarming statistics the SPLC throws out there.

What’s really interesting is the fact that though there were 830 hate crimes committed against Hispanics in 2007, the FBI states that there were 3,434 hate crimes committed against Blacks, (up from 3150 in 2002), with Blacks making up an even smaller percentage of the overall population.

Where is Mr. Potok’s outrage over THOSE numbers?

August 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm
(9) Veronica says:

Real nice attitude, Vel. How soon you forget about all the hatred, bigotry, degradation, and violence committed against your people for hundreds of years. History is repeating itself and like it or not, my people are suffering the same exact things you did all those years ago. What so-called Americans are doing to us is no less worse or serious.

August 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(10) rerun says:

We have to stop all this Black on Latino crime maybe this is what Obama ment about change.

August 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(11) Osay says:

The hate crimes will stop when the victims start defending themselves against these racist bastards and ki-l a few hundred of them

August 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(12) Osay says:

Vel I’m absolutely appalled that a black woman would spew such anti Latino garbage. You’ve taken on the ways of the opressor. I’ll bet you’re single; no man in his right mind would want “anything” to do with the likes of you. You’re a world class racist yourself black woman.

August 10, 2010 at 1:03 am
(13) Vel Campbell says:

To the two of you who have the audicity to refer to me as a ‘Racist’ because I don’t support your cause. I really expected the comments that I’ve received because you people are selfish and racist yourselves. And by the way, you didn’t discuss the issue. These illegal aliens are here illegally and when does the criminal dictate the laws in this country? You people should look at the issues and keep your selfish, bigoted attitudes out of it. You refuse the discuss the issue and you’ve decided to talk about everything accept that. Your response did not supprise me and it further confirms that I’m right in my judgment. I would like for you to define ‘Racism’. Is it racism because Idon’t agree with you and don’t you dare compare what’s happening to illegal aliens’ to what my poeple have suffered. No one in this country has suffered like we have and by the way, we are American citizens, guaranteed our rights under the Constitution but these rights are not extended to ‘illegal aliens’. We are citizens of the United States of America who were lynched, tarred and feathered. There were laws to keep my people from going to school, the National Guard had to escort a 5 or 6 year old Black child to school becasue White Bigotry didn’t want a Black child to integrate the schools. I could go on and on and on, but there’s not enough time and by the way, yes, I’m married, Happily and further more what does that have to do with ‘illegal aliens’? Before you decide to go on, go read Black History, then you talk to me about comparable treatment and racism

August 25, 2010 at 12:58 am
(14) BlackContractor says:

Hi Vel. . .as an African-American man. . .I am offended. That’s right everyone. You see, when you are African-American the first thing you do in a forum where you are anonymous is to announce that you are African-American.

All us “Blacks” do that, you know. The first thing I do when I go into a forum I have never been before is announce that I am African-American. You know. . .to make sure everyone knows the score n’stuff.

Yepper, that Vel is a true “African-American woman”. Because she did it the way every African-American woman would.

Yepper. . .you go African-American Vel . .woman. . .

October 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(15) Aaron Hammer says:

Latinos make up the majority of gang members.A fact. In California over 60% of people in jail are illegals and sons of illegals.Millions of illegal gang members in America selling drugs and death in US.Over 30,000 killed on US border in drug war fact.Americans are wise to you illegals get out America dont need you or want you .

October 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(16) Aaron Hammer says:

you want to talk about racists.America the only country with a black minority leader.Mexico lets in very few blacks or other people. Then illegals come to the uS with their racists mind set,Ask any black who has been to Mexico.Then illegals come to US join gangs and kill blacks. How many blacks killed by illegals over turf in drug trade or just for being black.Ask any black that lives around Hispanics.

November 2, 2010 at 2:00 am
(17) ILUVVEL says:

Vel is eloquent and honest and to the point. How dare these illegal invaders demand ANYTHING when they have no right to be here at all. They are only being pandered to ,disgraceful,btw,because the dems/leftist want more numbers and the repubs want cheap labor. this will come to a terrible end ,and thank God the voted in repubs know that they had better NOT pass amnesty or else. 80 % of Americans want them OUT as in deportation. Three presidents have done it. Hispanics are starting to resent them because they are being grouped in together with them. The illegals have taken our jobs,lowered the wages ,stolen IDs,trashed out our neighborhoods,closed down our ERs,schools,overloaded our system,brought diseases,crime,sex offenses, animal abuses…Third world momentum….Get them out now!

November 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(18) Tottiana says:

So the thing that I don’t understand is the racist people commenting on this page. Who is to say whose country this is? And who says that the immigrant was illegal? Latinos are not just Mexicans and Vel this has nothing to do with blacks. Blacks get spoken about every day! There is even a freaking month for us! I mean it is what it is! This article is not for complainers, but for those who are concerned and wish to help solve the issue. GET A LIFE!

November 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(19) Alex says:

@ILUVVEL,

“How dare these illegal invaders demand ANYTHING when they have no right to be here at all.”

How dare they be human?!

While I agree that illegal immigrants should not receive any government benefits (as they don’t pay into/for them), they should still be protected, as human beings, under United States law, and at the very least, under the international laws defined in the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions.

January 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm
(20) GAIL says:

14 AMERICAN WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE RAPED EVEY DAY , 30 AMERICANS ARE KILLED EVERY DAY BY ILLEGALS – THEY ARE UNDERMINDING OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY – THERE ARE 23 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED AMERICANS – CLOSE THE DAMN BORDER – I BLAME ALL SELF SERVING GUTLESS POLITICIANS – COWARDS -

February 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(21) elexa says:

well for those of you who say racist things to latinos let me tell you something you are the selfish people in here. who the heck told you this is your country? your ancestors came here as immigrants so you white people and blacks are immigrants, dont you? and read history before saying anything, most part of the US was Mexico’s territory before so who are you saying are the selfish in here? we latinos arent taking any jobs we do the jobs you people dont want to do. just imagine who are the ones working in the fields, doing all the hard and heavy jobs while most whites and blacks spend your time doing nothing because the goverment gives you stamps food and checks. dont say we came here to steal your jobs because we are here saving your economy, are you really going to do all those hard jobs for a low pay as how latinos do? no i dont think so… please learn to be more humans and less selfish… by the way we are not alliens as how you say vel we didnt came from out space we just came here to offer our families a better life as your ancestors tried to do…

February 4, 2011 at 12:27 am
(22) elexa says:

yes Vel as your ancestors did because they came from Africa. thats why you are call African American so dont say we are alliens because certainly you are more allien that we are unless we are from the same continent not as you that came so far away… this is not for all African American I certainly respect you and admire you ( this is only for Vel and for all those racist out there) have a nice day everyone ;)

February 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(23) gh0tz says:

Personally I like Vel’s comment .. I understand what she means. She’s not being racist she’s expressing how she feels and honestly I don’t care what color you are my friends are all different nationalities but I feel united states has its own issues that we need to solve instead of taking care of others before our own its not right how mexicans get treated but not for nothing its not only just the mexicans.. Whites and blacks still have their own issues puerto ricans and mexican has their issues.. Dark skin and light skin but come on they are showing immigrants too much attention than united states citizens I’m just saying

February 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm
(24) gh0tz says:

I’m not saying mexicans deserve to be beating,noone does. Everyone should be able to look pass the outter appearance because at the end of the day we are all humans and we all have natural rights.

But also the immigrants have to look at it like this,if united states people we to go to their country and took most the jobs,and if their area was mostly concerned about us they wouldn’t like it.I’m not as intelligent as most you people commenting this I mean lol i’m 18 but I do have an opinion like everyone else.Like I said I feel united states need to focus on their own problems,as mean as this sounds but alot of people worked hard in the united states to get where it is today –women and african-americans to get to their rights it took years and years,immigrants cant just expect to illegally come here and get everything handed to them it takes work.

For Vel — I dont think your racist,I understand what your saying.African-Americans and Native Americans,Jews,Women and so on went through hell,like I said it’s not right that the immigrants expect things to be handed to them,now that your illegally in this country work hard for the changes just dont sit around and complain.

elexa — African-Americans arent more alien obviously their called african americans because their ancestors were from africa but their born in AMERICA.If you was born in another country and going somewhere else to another country your an immigrant !..and if you want to get technical everyones ancestors were born in others countries,whites,blacks,asians,indians and so on..last time i checked native americans were the first people in united states correct me if im wrong

February 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm
(25) elexa says:

ghOzt- yeah maybe you are right native americans were the first people in the US but what im saying is that everyone’s ancestors were immigrants and people call mexicans immigrants if part of the US were mexico’s territory before. well maybe that was on the past and ok now we are the immigrants but you are saying that everything is just handed to us just like that so easy but no you are wrong we immigrants work really hard to come to this country to get a better life for our families. i bet you have never been apart from your parents, from your home, from your family . i bet you have never had to cross the border risking your life in the way just to come here, but immigrants do that for what? just to get killed by the hate of others we leave our families behind our homes our land to came to a country were everything is totally different and where we never imagine that our lives may get kill by the hate of racist people that dont have tolerance for others.

February 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(26) elexa says:

and other thing we immigrants do the work whites or blacks dont do. just tell me who are the ones who work on the tomato fields under really hot temperatures with really bad conditions and for only a few dollars. i bet you would not do that kind of jobs for a low pay do you? and other thing who do you think is going to do all the jobs that we immigrants do ah? if we leave this country certainly it would go to a economic depression because i dont think any “citizen” would do the hard jobs we do.. just think about it is not our fault that the governments in our countries is so bad that dont offers job opportunity for the people so that is why we have to came to a country where we can find opportunities for our families. i bet you would do the same try to find a better life for your family. ;)

April 4, 2011 at 11:18 am
(27) 4 illeagls says:

to every racist out thire that so we are immgrants
or our parents are immgrants so i don´t what the problem is we should give us citizen papers to illegals that way they do pay taxes and have to follow the law like the rest of hard working americans.

April 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm
(28) BeyonceJayz says:

HISPANICS ARE TRASH ; THEY TRASHED THER LANDS NOW THEY HERE TO TRASH THE US…PIGS ARE PIGS

June 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm
(29) Mediaone says:

@BeyonceJayz…I guess your screen name says it all!

Let me make it clear that many of the so called Mexican immigrants are actually not MEXICAN!!! Yes, many claim to be Mexican so they can stay in Mexico and attempt to cross the border quickly rather than to be sent all the way back.

History lesson, the U.S. has always exploited other ethnic groups for economical gain and once they begin to grow, a shift happens and this group that once brought gain is now viewed as a plague.

@Vel, you’re a typical stereo type..complain..complain..about how you are the only race that has it bad! The truth of the matter is that many other races have been the subject of Xenophobia and vile hate crimes. You think African Americans are the only ones in this world that had to face severe injustice? Educate yourself just a little bit, read up on what the Spainards did to the natives of the countries they invaded! Or what European colonist did to the Native Americans. Guess what your’e not the only race to have suffered!! WOW I know it’s going to shock you. This article is in regards to Latinos. If you dont want to hear about it, don’t read it and watch I dont know..Oprah!?! BTW..in regards to “these immigrants taking the american jobs”. I would advice to revise that statement, I doubt your brothers and sisters will want the jobs that these immigrants have. As I recall, like in Precious, having kids to collect welfare and to get into section 8 is the preferred job for most these days! Drive by a a neighborhood that has section 8, you will see reality hit you really quickly!

July 11, 2011 at 3:04 am
(30) jonny says:

Val you are right on point. Ignore those ignorant people who just want to hate on some one. I know what you are saying. American slavery was the WORST oppression in the history of the world. Hands down. There are too many unresolved issues in the Black community today as a result of being taken from their home land- in chains and separated from family and forced to forget their cultural identity and languages only to be beaten and raped and worse- then left to their own devices for centuries. There is no horror more unimaginable. I leave out the most horrific events to address a point that racists commonly make they say – they were not the only ones- which only proves their own ignorance. U.S slavery was THE darkest chapter in WORLD history. I had to rebut the half truth posted earlier. You lose credibility when you make light of world events that are important. Next they will say The Hollicost of WW II had never happen. We are way off point. The U.S. should never reward these invaders. We all have to abide

July 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(31) nice guy says:

Good I am glad someone else is beating up the latinos they make us americans wast are tax money supporting all there children and they drive with no insurance I think we should be allowed to beat them they steal from the american people.

February 9, 2012 at 8:55 am
(32) A hard working Latino citzen says:

This whole conversation is not being viewed in the incorrect angle.anyone who is reading this if you have kids if you have a family and you have a job….be happy of what you have because not many people can have these rights….I admit some of my people have come to the USA for the wrong reasons to be lazy but there people here just for a new start. for the better of their children coming for the desolite citys of central america were crime rises everyday people risk there lives for drugs money and vengance. If this was you what would you do? would you seek out the best for your family to provide for them to support them and raise them correctly. well thats not so easy in the central americas.I have heard stories of families in houndras salvador mexico etc. about how there have been children that have to share shoes. my pastor before he cames to america had been drawn into drugs when he was 12 and roamed the streets in crime until he came to america and found himself. the point i am tring to come to you about is that you should not punishe the general latinos for thgings that some people do, some just live everyday mindng their own buisness. and illegals are not the problem because illegals are not criminals they are people like us but some of them just do the wrong things….and one thing….im a 145 year old student at school writing this right now. because you may have thought that im just an illegal writing this at home….i have been through what i speak!

June 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm
(33) Billie Jo Monro says:

Well, don’t know where to begin but here goes:

I feel more sorry for Black people more than anyone. Someone said they came from far away. The fact is they were forced to come here to be slaves for the greedy ones. When all was done, they were supposedly free but not free. They have the problems. Real problems.
The South Americans, PRicans, Mexicans and all brown skinned people chose to come here for a better life for their families.
The Black people were taken away from their families. They don’t have the same cultural experience as the brown people as far as family unity. That makes a major difference.
I think Blacks resent what happened to them and they don’t trust whites. The brown people don’t trust the blacks but the brown girls are marrying the white men.. In the end who really cares about color. I just read the Hawaiians don’t like whites. If it wasn’t so hurful for all concerned ; it sounds funny.

August 13, 2012 at 9:33 am
(34) lenchov says:

It’s funny how so many people hear the words Latino or Hispanic and they automatically think illegal aliens. The article is about the rise of hate crimes against Latinos not illegal immigrants. It’s also funny how people are finding ways to justify these hate crimes by quoting numbers and even blaming the victims instead of condeming the hate crimes and the people who commit them. I’m sure there will be someone who will respond to this comment and will either miss the point all together and insult the comment and/or me to make a it known they don’t like what I say or someone will condem the crimes a nd then say, “but if they…”, and then continue to blame the victim.

September 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm
(35) P Gwyn says:

Most Mexicans live off the American taxpayers. When they by groceries, they always use a food-stamp card to pay and usually have no less than three(3) children close in age and the woman is pregnant again. Most Mexicans also use Medicaid. They do not contribute to the U.S., not even by serving in the military. I’m sick of paying taxes to support people who keep having babies they cannot take care of. Mexicans have no pride. They like America because they can come here, not work and make babies that the American taxpayers pay for.Mexicans are like “roaches”. If you see one, pretty soon you’ll see thousands!

September 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm
(36) Tony says:

Hello
People call me T and how come no-body talks about the terminate on sight all African Americans order the ME gave to latino gangs and affiliates. At work and school latino women preach racial hate. When I walk down the street and a Mexican women sees me they always say here comes a n—er. So it is not a surprise that hate crimes are rising against them,

October 18, 2012 at 4:44 am
(37) Invisible Native American Hispanic says:

Hi I’m an invisible American. I say i am invisible lamerican because I happen to have Hispanic roots. I am an american, however some whites and some blacks will not accept that. They want to put a label on me because I am of mixed races. Whites and even blacks judge us because of my skin color and features . And blacks like you Vel? Really?
you feel entitled and superior to us who are hispanic./Latinos.? oppressed and discriminated when you do the same. Who looks like the selfish one and racist one here? and attacks to people of color but don’t feel those same color or Utterly unbelievable. I’ve encountered people of all ethnic backgrounds have a right if they don’t fit what each and everyone of you feel I should look like. claiming that my ancestors did not suffer prejudice or were not oppressed so you feel you can be racist and oppress me because this?? of all and most importantly I am a human being. You don’t know me yet you want to attack me and judge me on the because of the way I look to you!!!! look. I don’t look like you, you assume I have no legal right to live where I was born where over 5 generations were born, here in the US. Latino or Hispanics as we are also called are very diverse in color , features accents if any including Iimmigration status. Hating and feeling you have a right to hate someone because of their culture and or race is racism. Look it up Vel if you are still around and not in jail for hate crimes. Trying to justify your hate & superiority feelings against latinos with ayou feel your ancestors suffered more than mine when you weren’t even there or don’t even know my ancestors

January 3, 2013 at 6:51 am
(38) ben says:

@BeyonceJayz

im not latino nor american but the way you describe latinos it discribe your self… i pitty on you for being so damn racist….. american who put down other culture wer pretty annoying and such an ass it only describe your the pig not the latinos or other culture

April 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm
(39) Jorge says:

Vel, you can’t begin to know how hollow and uninformed your words ring to me when my wife, daughters and I, both U.S. citizens by birthright, recall how much contempt and exclusion we both experienced when we moved to Augusta, GA. from Puerto Rico after a career opportunity. My employment created anger and gossip within the agency where I was employed (one superior once told me that I was making too much money because of the make of my car and the subdivision I chose to live in. another referred to me as “you people”), my wife was mocked for her accent at her job and the attitude towards her varied from passive-aggressive to openly hostile by coworkers behind the manager’s back. Once an intoxicated woman in a restaurant openly insulted us for speaking Spanish amongst ourselves (obviously she absolutely needed to know our business) and some students were gratuitously rude, racial and sexually offensive to my daughters in school. What’s ironic is how much of this was perpetrated by folks who were BLACK. Some folks never learn from their own experiences…

October 10, 2013 at 6:48 am
(40) Zavala says:

majority of people just dont like blacks 4 many reasons… Never have never will

January 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm
(41) steve says:

all tell you why because they have no respect for our country or people they expect us to learn there Spanish instead of them learning ours when my grandparents came here they learned English and went to school. these people come here come over the boarder like snakes in the night and expect us to take care of them while they continue to breed like rabbits even though they can’t afford them and the crime rate is terrible taxpayers are spending hard earned money to keep them in prison that should be spent on their family.
The streets are gross the writing on the walls, the gang violence, the drug cartel. the welfare lines and they expect us to bow to there way of life.
They have no reguard for our ways or America.

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