Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sign of the Times? Hate Crime on Long Island: “Let’s go find some Mexicans”

As ImmigrationProf Blog reported a couple of weeks ago, the FBI Hate Crimes Statistics Report found that crimes motivated by anti-Hispanic bias had risen dramatically over the past few years. Sadly, we have recent evidence of that trend.  Bill Hing reported on this earlier today.  The N.Y. Times has an op/ed on a horrible murder of a Ecuadoran immigrant in a Long Island suburb.  According to the prosecutor in the case, the chant of the teenagers accused of the crime, which sends chills up and down my spine, was "`Let’s go find some Mexicans.'”  The teens did not find a person of Mexican ancestry but apparently an Ecuadoran would do!

We need political, community, and other leaders to denounce hate crimes against immigrants.  Senator Obama during the presidential campaign denounced such violent scapegoating:

"31. What would you do to address the racist and nativist rhetoric that is becoming mainstreamed and that is tied to a rising crime wave fueled by the same sentiment?

I have spoken out against hateful rhetoric and will continue to do so. I'll keep fighting and work for a civil debate about immigration where we begin to recognize ourselves in one another."

UPDATE  For more on this story, see here and here.



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