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Another Day, Another Senseless Hate Crime

As most of you know, I have recently been following the story of Marcelo Lucero, the Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in Long Island. Unfortunately, Marcelo’s story is not an isolated incident. Hate crimes against Latinos rose 40% between 2003 and 2007.

bkimmigrantSo, the news that on Sunday morning two more Ecuadorean immigrants were beaten in Brooklyn, NY comes as no surprise.

Wait. Let me think about that for a second. Today, when I heard that Jose Sucuzhanay and his brother Romel Sucuzhanay were brutally beaten, while walking arm-in-arm, by random attackers, presumably for their ethnicity and/or sexual orientation, I was not surprised. The fact that I partially expected news like this breaks my heart.

Three men came out of the car shouting at the brothers, Jose and Romel Sucuzhanay — something ugly, anti-gay and anti-Latino. Vulgarisms against Hispanics and gay men were heard by witnesses, the police said. One man approached Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, the owner of a real estate agency who has been in New York a decade, and broke a beer bottle over the back of his head. He went down hard.

Meanwhile, anti-immigrant groups like FAIR continue to say there is no connection between the vicious anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric and these hate crimes. Open your eyes people. Hate does not happen in a vaccuum. Patterns emerge for a reason.

We must stop the dehumanization of immigrants.

Click here for the full NY Times article on the Hate crime in Brooklyn.

Civil Rights Groups Condemn Recent Hate Crimes

I have had the unfortunate task of covering the brutal murders of both Marcelo Lucero and Luis Ramirez on this blog. I have also posted several times on the spike in hate crimes against Latinos that is being witnessed in the United States. The hate speech and the vitriolic rhetoric surrounding the issue of immigration has created a violent and dangerous environment for all immigrants, and specifically Latinos.

lucero5Yesterday, national organizations gathered to denounce the recent rash of Hate Crimes and to call for more agressive investigation and prosection of these crimes at both the local and the federal levels.

“We believe that the Justice Department has to become more aggressive in prosecuting hate crimes,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, one of the nation’s historic civil rights organizations. “As a country, we’ve come a long way, but there is still more change needed.”

“Hate crimes such as these must be investigated and prosecuted fully at the local and federal levels,” stated John Trasviña, MALDEF President and General Counsel.

Additionally, the organizations connected the dots between hate speech and the violence inflicted on immigrants. It is time to call for an end to the dehumanization of immigrants that allows unthinkable stop_hate12violence and hatred to enter into the mainstream.

“There is a direct connection between the tenor of the political debate and the daily lives of immigrants in our communities. It is no accident that, as the immigration debate has demonized immigrants as “invaders” who poison our communities with disease and criminality, haters have taken matters into their own hands and hate crimes against Latinos are on the rise for the fourth consecutive,” said Michael Lieberman, Washington Counsel, Anti-Defamation League.

While the groups cited Barack Obama’s election as marker for how far we’ve come as a nation, they also emphasize that is a starting point, from which to build on for a more hopeful and less hateful future.

For more on what you can do, check out www.wecanstopthehate.org. And to see video from the press conference – click here.

Man Arrested for Death Threats Against Immigrant Advocate Group

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.

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VIDEO: Behind the Veil – America’s Anti-Immigration Network

Check out the new video from We Can Stop the Hate.

It details the links between the anti-immigrant movement and white supremacy.