Friday, August 1, 2008

Imagine That: Calling Someone A Spic While You're Murdering Them Is A Hate Crime

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Football players Brandon Piekarsy, Colin Walsh and Derrick Donchak are charged with ethnic intimidation. ( photo cnn.com)

It started with way too much alcohol and ended up with the beating death of Luis Ramirez.   He was walking  his sister in-laws home when he was allegedly verbally assaulted by Brandon, Colin and Derrick. 

"Isn't it a little late for you guys to be out?" the boys said, according to court documents. "Get your Mexican boyfriend out of here." According to the affidavit one of the youths called Ramirez a spic.

Just as his fiance feared already there is a drive to paint the victim as the guilty party. His status as a so-called illegal alien is being used to buttress the whiteness and purity of his murderers.

Attorneys for two of the alleged murderers are claiming that this is a street fight that just went a little to far. 

"Let's call it what it was it was: a street fight, a chance encounter with a tragic outcome," said Frederick Fanelli, who represents Piekarsky.

Fanelli said he plans to investigate whether Ramirez has a criminal background. He also questions why the engaged father of three was walking on the street with the girl, and the nature of their relationship. Ramirez's fiancee says he was walking her younger sister home.

Of course a man of colour walking with a young white girl after dark could not possibly have a pure motive. Everyone knows the darker your skin, the more likely you are to be a predator...How dare he have the nerve to stand near the white mans pride, his woman.

Just in case you have any doubt about the accused, Michael Walsh  one of the parents of the accused is more than willing to tell you what a good kid his son is. "Colin was a great kid and fell into a bad situation. He never really gave me any trouble," he added. "I feel sorry for the families and anyone who cares about Mr. Ramirez. Don't you get it?? He is a white male, who plays football for crying out loud. How can that be a bad kid, just ignore the dead Mexican and move on.

You don't accidentally kick someone to death.  You don't accidentally have racial slurs fall out of your mouth. Those are intentional acts. I realize as a parent it may not be pleasant to admit that you raised a racist murderer (oh excuse me alleged) but constructing your precious little baby as a sweet innocent in the face of such tremendous violence just upholds his behaviour as legitimate.  Had the "dirty spic" killed your son, would you give a shit if played football?  Bet you would be screaming for blood, and talking about increasing border patrols.  Who really is the threat to peace?  Is it the hard working so-called "illegal alien" who is trying to build a better life for his family, or the racist nativist population who have declared war on the brown peoples of this earth? 

Quick lock your door the brown people are coming, armed with a desire to live beyond a subsistence level. Lock up the women in case they try to breed their way into social acceptability.  They want your low paying, no benefit jobs.  How dare they desire to work for below minimum wage, with no labour protections. How dare they not know enough to disappear into the background so that their existence does not have to be acknowledged.  What is the point of having such social power if the brown people think that they just might have the same right to share space with white men...is that the earth trembling...oh dear, white male hegemony must be maintained at all cost, nothing good could possibly come of social equality and the right to a violence free life.  Imagine the chaos paying for the true value of things would cause?  Imagine having to go through the trauma of validating the personhood of each individual. It is all just to damaging to the psyche to consider such radical ideas.

 


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queen emily said...

He was a nice boy who fell into a bad situation? Woops, he accidentally killed someone, for walking his sister-and-law home?

Riiight.

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Renee,

Amen.

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