On March 31, after the opening of the Dodgers' season, Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giant's fan, was beaten into a coma in the stadium parking lot. Apparently the beating was unprovoked. Today, an arrest was made. Suspect Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was detained in an early morning raid on an East Hollywood apartment building and was believed to be the "primary aggressor" in the March 31 beating that left Bryan Stow with brain damage. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Dodgers officials held a press conference this afternoon to provide us with the details of the arrest.
The perp is an American. Based on his name, it appears he is multi cultural, with Italian and Hispanic heritage. However, based on the posts of various comment sections, the right wing extremists are blaming "Illeegals" or "Mexicans" or "All Latinos" or "Mexico." The racist comments on CNN and in the LA Times are flying.
While I am saddened by the attack on this man and I hope he gets better, I am concerned by all of the name calling and finger pointing at the Latino Community and at "Mexicans" in general.
I can tell you one thing. We Latinos are sick and tired of taking the blame for one person's crime just because they happen to be (partially) of the same ethnicity. Are the families of Northern European Immigrants to blame for the crimes of BTK? Gacy? Bundy? Laughlin? Poplawski? etc. etc. etc. No one casts the large net over this community for the crimes of the one. I remember after the Gifford shooting, we kept hearing Laughlin referred to as "the LONE crazed gunman." However, this doesn't happen when the perp is a minority. For some reason, in these cases, pundits and commenters blame the entire Minority community for these crimes. This HAS TO STOP!
Today, as the news came out about the capture of the Stow attackers, comment sections and right wing websites blamed the entire Latino community for this crime.
Some examples include:
. On Alipac.us, someone by the name of "NoBueno" says: Based upon this description, they're either illegal invaders or the spawn of illegal invaders, which are one in the same.
. onlyIMright said: We all KNEW it was an illegal Mexican. They are VIOLENT and don't give a rip about American values.
. onlyIMright Illegal Mexicans need to be put into a large jail cell in Mexico.
. muydogged said: Hope this is the one and that he serves a long prison time. He'll rat out the others soon. They'll be like roaches not that the light is on them.
. AlbusPWBD said: Show me an all Mexican community in Southern Cal. and I'll show you a very high crime rate. Can you say the same for an all white community?
. Ponderschit said: See, you're talking about the civilized society there... Illegals destroyed that idea years ago. Now it's simply the Animal Kingdom wherever you go.
These comments go on and on and on. They are sickening!
I believe the only way to stop these commenters is with our vote. I URGE ALL LATINOS TO REGISTER TO VOTE, STUDY THE ISSUES AND VOTE FOR THOSE WHO BEST SERVE US!
ALL OF THIS HATE AND DEMONIZATION AGAINST OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY MUST STOP ONCE AND FOR ALL!! TOMORROW (MONDAY) IF WE SEE ANYONE (any news station, newspaper, comment section, website) BLAME THE LATINO COMMUNITY FOR THESE CRIMES, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL OR LEAVE A COMMENT. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I will keep track of them and start a list of those who blame our community for such crimes, especially any politicians who do so! We will then have proof to Vote them OUT OF OFFICE!