Tuesday, March 13, 2007

"We just want to be part of the United States of America"

The Hazleton trial resumed today with another appearance by Dr. Agapito Lopez, a resident of Hazleton and a leader in the Latino community there. His testimony underscored the xenophobia that lingers on the fringes of these anti-immigrant ordinances, and how they give implicit permission for latent racism to rise to the surface. Dr. Lopez read from the hate mail that he received after the ordinances were proposed. The first piece he received said that "European Americans" are becoming "dispossessed," that "'coloreds' will take control," and that the United States was going the route of South Africa, where "the whites have been stripped of their rights." When asked his reaction to the letter, he quietly replied, "It made me very, very sad. We just want to be part of the United States of America, on equal terms."

Other pieces of hate mail contained veiled threats. "We think you and Anna [Dr. Lopez's wife] ought to think twice before you speak," read one letter sent to the Lopezes' home. As with the other letters, the sender of this neglected to sign his or her name. Another read, "if it's brown, flush it down" next to a caricature of a Mexican man wearing a sombrero with the phrase "subhuman spic scum" written on it. Dr. Lopez testified that he has been identified as a leader in the challenge to these ordinances, and these letters were attempts to intimidate him. At the suggestion of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, he took the letters to the police, who told him they were not hate mail and that they would not be investigating them.

The morning also saw testimony from Jose Molina, Regional Director for Northeast Pennsylvania for Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition (PSLC), who talked about his group mobilized to support the Latino community in Hazleton. PSLC is a plaintiff in the case.

Sara in Philly in Scranton

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If these filthy shitskins would act like civilized humans, that would be one thing. But until then, they should stay in their third world toilets with the rest of their untermensch pals.

The mexcrement fouls everything it touches and ruins every place in which it infests and breeds.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Anon., Thanks for giving us the straight dope on what motivates the pro-Hazleton faction.

I guess my phrase "small town prejudice" was a bit too polite.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come to SoCal and you'll see all the good the wetback vermin have done for Cali.

All "cultures" are NOT equal.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's some shitskinned mexcrement filth in action.

These motherfuckers should be shot on sight like the shitcolored animals that they are.

Fuck 'em.

http://www.immigrationwatchdog.com/?p=2575

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

RE: All "cultures" are NOT equal.

Obviously. By reading your posts I can tell that you are one of the more nobel representitives of an advanced and humane civilization!

Hey, how about leaving your names on your posts, so all your friends and relatives can be proud of you!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Alan, I'm sure that your friends and relatives can distinguish you in this blog from the 100,000 alans in the U.S. alone. What's your last name?

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Cro (Anonymous) said...

Alan really needs to stop watching ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or MSNBC because hes been brainwashed to the fullest extent.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The poopy colored masses don't want to be part of western civilization, they want to essentially re conquer the southwest.

4:54 PM  

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