With the increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric and hate speech that we have seen from many nativists in the mainstream media, it is no surprise that the number of hate crimes against Latinos has risen dramatically in the past few years.
Earlier this month, I posted on a North Carolina man who was arrested for making death threats he made against leaders of the National Council of La Raza.
In his email to NCLR, Szaz referred to Hispanics using a racial epithet and threatened to kill members of the staff and splay their bodies. NCLR and other community advocates believe that this has to be seen as a part of a larger pattern of hate directed at immigrants, as the debate on immigration continues to loom in the national psyche.
In yet another example of this larger pattern of hate, a Maryland man was arrested this week because of bomb threats he made against the immigrant rights group CASA de Maryland.
Detectives said 34-year-old Wesley James Queen II, of Pasadena, used his cell phone May 18 to leave back-to-back voice mail messages at the Casa de Maryland offices and to organization spokesman Mario Quiroz. In both calls, police said, he warned Casa officials to not be surprised when their facility “blows up.”
This violence has permeated the ant-migrant message and made hate the driving force behind the movement. It is time to end the hate speech and end the immigrant bashing. No more violence. What we need is a sensisble discussion about immigration, not death threats.
For more, visit NCLR’s We Can Stop the Hate website.