One thing conservatives have mastered is how to exploit the deaths of innocents at the hands of immigrants to play into their hate mongering. They have their own news channel, Fox News, to play news of the death endlessly, they send their activists to console and stir up anger among the grieving family. All the while probably gleeful that these sick chain of events came to pass in order to push their fascist agenda. This was evident with the murder of Robert Krentz, an Arizona rancher who was well respected and an all around good guy. Conservatives used this issue to ram through SB 1070 and make all Latinos in Arizona second class citizens. To be honest, people like Tancredo and the Arizona state legislature and Barbara Coe are happy that Robert Krentz was murdered because it gave them theÂ platform to spread their hate.
Now for the crime conservatives don’t want you to know about, because there is about to be more hate crimes like this now that SB 1070 has passed. Who here has heard of the names Raul & Brisenia Flores? Brisenia Flores as a nine year old little girl and Raul was her father. They were brutally murdered by the Minutemen in 2009, despite the fact that they were legally here inthe United States, their only crime was being Mexican. You can read the story’s HEREÂ and HERE. Unlike the murder of Krentz, this was covered briefly by some media outlets and the story was allowed to die.
There was a sense of faux outrageÂ by the Minutemen, who once againÂ used it to cast blame on Latino immigrants for the incident. Afterward there was silence. No move by the Arizona State Legislature or anyone else to rein in the vigilante Minutemen. Much like the Atlanta Olympic Bombing which was carried out by aÂ conservative Christian terrorist looking to make a point on the abortion issue, many Republicans and Conservatives would rather forget about the murder of Raul Flores and his little daughter Brisenia.
What has me worries is if this is a shadow of things to come. This is not the first time. In the 1970’s two White ranchers were acquitted by an all White jury of torturing Mexican immigrants. Once again, a crime conservatives don’t want you to remember. Because they know what SB 1070 has unleashed and the potential consequences. The worry is, how many innocent Latinos are going to be tortured or murdered because of this. I know the thought of this is making Barbara Coe’s day right now.
I ask you all to remember Raul and Brisenia Flores and keep in mind they may be the first victims of the Arizona ethnic cleansingÂ but will likely not be the last.