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Editorial: Anti-Latino Hatred Fueled by Right-Wing Radio

La Opinin, Posted: Nov 12, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Just last week we were filled with pride that racial barriers were broken with Obamas election, according to an editorial in the Spanish-language daily La Opinin. Yet racist hatred continues among us and it is no coincidence that it targets immigrants, editors write. The message of hate being repeated on ultra-right radio stations, editors argue, is behind the rising number of cases of anti-Latino violence. Marcelo Lucero, 37, was the latest victim, stabbed to death last Saturday by a gang of seven teens who decided to have some fun by "beating up Mexicans."

Suffolk county, where the crime occurred, has been one of the most hostile areas for the undocumented, starting with by County Executive, Steve Levy, the editorial notes. There, immigrants have been blamed for being a threat to public health, safety, and welfare. This message of hate blaming the undocumented for all problems is being irresponsibly repeated on right-wing radio stations and in legislatures across the country, editors write. It is this rhetoric, the editorial concludes, that is behind the actions that seek to make life impossible for these workers.

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