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Racist murders spark community event

Local groups are organizing an event in response to a tri-state killing spree by two white supremacists that left one Eureka man dead. The “Vigil and Discussion” will be held Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club (click the flyer at left or below for details).

From the announcement:

You are invited to participate this Saturday, October 22nd, in a public event, titled “No Hate Here.” This event will provide a space for a community response to the murder of local resident Reginald Alan Clark, 53, an African American, October 4, 2011 and Cody Myers in Oregon. Both were killed by white supremacists who were later arrested on their way to Sacramento to “kill more Jews.” These murders, as we know, are part of a broader, although often ignored, pattern of bias and hate-based ideas, discrimination and violence in our local, national and global community

“No Hate Here” will allow people to express their fears and concerns, to understand the links between different forms of bias and the increase of attacks in periods of economic crisis, as well as share tools with other community members for empowerment, safety, and the strengthening of community.  By coming together we can demonstrate our common dedication to creating and living in a community (and a world) built on compassion, nonviolence and justice.

Groups organizing the event include HSU’s Bias Response Team, the Eureka Chapter of the NAACP, Humboldt County Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, and HSU’s Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department.

Sponsors include Temple Beth El, Los Bagels, Denny’s, Emma Center, and the Eureka Police Department.

Want to print and distribute flyers for this event? Download it here.

  1. Raul Malo
    October 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Posted 08/12/2011 07:05 PM ET
    Racism: Across the U.S., mobs of black youths are organizing on Facebook to loot stores and beat whites. Yet none dare call the “flash mob” attacks hate crime, least of all the attorney general.

    The Associated Press is reporting that at least one of those arrested in the Wisconsin State Fair beatings said the mob was targeting whites, making it a hate crime. Where is Eric Holder’s civil rights division? About this epidemic of black-on-white assaults, we hear nothing.

    At the Milwaukee fairgrounds, dozens of black teens suddenly appeared, knocking over children, looting the Midway games and stealing prizes. They pulled whites from cars, flung them to the ground and punched and kicked them in the face. At least 18 people were injured, including some cops.

    A similar beat-down took place August 2010 at the Iowa State Fair. Organized as “beat whitey night,” bands of black teens targeted white kids, fracturing one of their skulls. Then the thugs swarmed police, hitting one cop from behind and busting both his eye sockets.

    Earlier this month in Philadelphia, marauding black flash mobs beat and robbed tourists and other innocent bystanders. Several people were hospitalized, including one man with a fractured skull.

    Imagine if the flash-mob victims were black instead of white. Holder would have launched a special investigation. With the races reversed, he just shrugs. In so many words he has said blacks are incapable of hate crimes because of their victimhood.

    To Holder, blacks are the permanent victims. But his department’s own data say otherwise. In most cases of interracial crimes, the victim is white and the perp is black. Black criminals choose white victims 45% of the time, while whites victimize blacks 3% of the time. More than twice as many whites are murdered by a black than cases of a white murdering blacks.

  2. Plain Jane
    October 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I hope the racist fuck who is copy / pasting from Storm Front is permanently blocked. This is the sort of cretinous garbage that caused the murder of Reggie Clark.

  3. Anonymous
    October 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    How do local people feel about these two white racists who passed through our community and while in Eureka, killed a friendly Eurekan?

    It could have been any of us. Anyone these two white racists thought did not deserve to live. An American of Jewish background. An African-American. Anyone these haters hated. It could have been any of us.

    Raul, don’t ally yourself with white murderers because you fear black criminals.

    As an American statesman of the 1900’s said, “A person who fans the flames of intolerance builds a fire under his own house.”

  4. Matt
    October 21, 2011 at 1:00 am

    That posting above by “Raul Malo” seems to be posted on blogs all over the internet, word for word (based on a simple google search). It doesn’t seem to be a legitimate written comment on this particular current blog posting and ought to be deleted.

  5. Decline To State
    October 21, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Hey, racism is racism. It goes in all directions, is never acceptable and we all have it in ourselves in some degree. Good for these groups for keeping this ugliness in our face and to help us to understand and deal with it.

  6. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Iowa “hate crime” never happened. Research effort, 30 seconds. Wisconsin, one black kid said whites were easy targets. Research effort, 30 seconds. Of interest is the black leadership reaction to the young thugs in Wisconsin, quoted below (after second link).

    http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/08/25/des-moines-police-unable-to-confirm-state-fair-violence-was-race-related/

    Meanwhile, from the Des Moines, Iowa Register:
    Des Moines police investigators are unable to confirm weekend violence that occurred outside the Iowa State Fairgrounds was racially motivated, officials said today.

    “We don’t want to jump to conclusions,” Lt. Joe Gonzalez said. “It is not the standpoint of the police department right now to say that it’s racially motivated. We are following up and continually talking to the victims.”

    That’s a shift from earlier in the week when a police official said it was “very possible” race was a factor in the incidents.

    Capt. Randy Dawson said he cannot find the origin of information that appeared in a police report that said on-duty officers at the fair Friday night said there were 30 to 40 people roaming the fairgrounds openly calling it “beat whitey night.”

    The report was written by Sgt. Dave Murillo, but Dawson his efforts to verify the original source of that information have been unsuccessful.

    Dawson also said that interviews with victims of attacks outside the fairgrounds have not produced evidence that any of the incidents were racially motivated.

    Gonzalez and Dawson said the “beat whitey night” info stemmed from “general intelligence information” that was unsubstantiated and misinterpreted.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/0812/Wisconsin-State-Fair-mob-attack-Police-seek-hate-crime-charges

    The incident sparked a crackdown by Gov. Scott Walker (R) and widespread condemnation of the acts by leaders in Milwaukee’s black community. After the incident, Milwaukee joined Chicago and Philadelphia in efforts to combat a spate of recent attacks by groups of primarily African-American teens against strangers who are white.

    Opportunistic thrill-seeking and resentment fueled by stark segregation and high unemployment among young black males (39 percent versus 23 percent for white teens) have been cited by sociologists as possible causes for the recent attacks. The attacks have touched off debates in Milwaukee and elsewhere about who bears ultimate responsibility for the incidents: parents or society at large?

    While racial motivations have been suspected in several other mob attacks, the recommendations by the West Allis police department appears to be the first time that specific hate charges have been cited in relation to recent attacks. Two similar attacks earlier this year in Milwaukee did not result in hate crime charges against the suspects.

    “Attacking anyone based on their ethnicity or color means a racial hate crime should be an additional” charge, said Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, who is black, two days after the attacks.

    Of a total of 36 race-related hate crime prosecutions in Wisconsin in 2009, 27 of the alleged crimes were antiblack, two were antiwhite, and the remainder were against other ethncities or nationalities, according to the most recent statistics from the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance.

  7. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

    But beware: those quotations were made by a Jewish homosexual. Consider them highly suspect.

  8. Anonymous
    October 21, 2011 at 7:37 am

    get a life, all of you

  9. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

    And a great way to “get a life” is to attend a candlelight vigil and discussion on Saturday evening, starting at 6:30, at the Boys and Girls Club in Eureka at Harris and J.

    Will it change the world? Yes. Definitely yes. By how much? Can’t say, but more than watching the teevee will.

  10. High Finance
    October 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Racism goes both ways. To deny it is to excuse some racism but not other.

    I didn’t hear the Raul character downplay white racism so why the bitter condemnation of his remarks ?

  11. Anonymous
    October 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Poor 7:37 must be even more desperate for a life than we are since he spends his time trolling blogdom, reading our musings and posting brilliant comments like “who cares” and “get a life.” While his profound mental acuity probably astonishes the wing nuts over at the Mirror (they have disgustingly low standards), we’ve come to expect more from trolls than grade school put downs. He could have at least included a few O’Bambams or commie socialistofascist smears so we’d know he was at least putting forth a little effort. They don’t make frightwing trolls like they used to.

  12. Thorstein Veblen
    October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am

    “I didn’t hear the Raul character downplay white racism so why the bitter condemnation of his remarks ?”

    Well, I guess because, as Mitch has pointed out, they aren’t true?

  13. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am

    The “Raul character” posted vile racist smears from Storm Front, HiFi. I am shocked that you would stoop to defend such filth.

    I keep forgetting to fill in the blanks when I switch computers. 8:23 was me too.

  14. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Dr. Veblen,

    They *sound* so true, though, if you get your news from Stormfront or Fox. That should count, right?

  15. Down the Road
    October 21, 2011 at 8:31 am

    How do you explain away that these two approached three
    white men before killing the black man.

  16. October 21, 2011 at 8:33 am

    High Finance,

    How is it that you can continue to vomit up all this right wing racist stuff but you yourself are “on the dole?” It is astonishing. Maybe you have been eating some of Herman Cain’s used food.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  17. High Finance
    October 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Bill, you are getting sicker by the day.

  18. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

    They probably thought they looked Jewish, DTR. That’s why they claimed they killed Cody Myers. But seriously, do you really expect a rational explanation for why psychopaths killed this one and not that one? Monsters can find justification for the most horrific act and these 2 are no different. They killed his father claiming he was a child molester, killed his step mother for ??, killed Cody because he might be Jewish and Reggie because he was black.

  19. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

    “Raul” has provided Herald readers a great service. I hope Heraldo leaves his or her comment up, with pride of placement. Heraldo could always reference it in an update to the post, so that people will know it is false propaganda distributed by the racist organization Stormfront.

    Some people, to my amazement, dismiss charges that there might be racism (or antisemitism, or sexism, or anti-LGBT prejudice) here, “right here in River City!”

    “Raul” makes it clear that’s simply untrue.

    He or she serves as an excellent reminder of why it is critical for people of good will to stand up and speak up in response to hate crimes like that against Mr. Clark (targeted for being black) and Mr. Myers (a non-Jew targeted because his name “sounded Jewish.”)

  20. Anonymous
    October 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

    they might have been asking directions DTR, like ” where are the minorities”

  21. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

    What I REALLY think is that all the murders were for profit. Claiming they were for white supremacy reasons will probably move them up a few notches in the Aryan prison population over claiming they were simply opportunistic murder for money.

    I am almost always opposed to the death penalty, but in cases like this I could pull the switch myself. If their mothers had gotten abortions the world would be better off today.

  22. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 8:53 am
  23. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

    You’re right, Mitch. I had a visceral reaction to “Raul’s” sickening hate spew, but we do need to remember that there are such people in our community and they look like normal people on the surface. Once in a while you encounter them face to face and that is harder (or me) to handle than on a blog. Ignoring it makes them think you agree and confronting it only escalates it. How do you deal with in your face bigotry whether directed at you or another group?

  24. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    PJ,

    Strangely enough, I generally feel completely comfortable when confronted with bigots saying bad things about me.

    Where I really lose it is with people who are in a position to respond, but who hide behind “objectivity,” or assertions that it’s “none of their business,” or that they are just “doing their job.” They, to me, are personifications of evil. Most bigots are just scared dumb fucks who are their own punishment.

  25. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I don’t understand, Mitch. In Texas they have “a life for an eye” laws? Bhuiyan, being a theist, (and a better “Christian” than most in the US) is living according to his beliefs. I don’t share those beliefs. My concern is this world, not what may or may not come after. Monsters may be healed in the eyes of the victims, but there is no cure.

  26. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Being a white heterosexual woman, the only bigotry directed toward me personally is sexist and easily smacked down. But I mean when bigoted statements are made to you about others, assuming you and everyone else agrees. While few may agree, most are “objective” and “don’t want to get PC” over it, “it’s just a joke,” “lighten up,” “some stereotypes are true, that’s why they became stereotypes,” etc. How do you handle that?

  27. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Jane,

    The death penalty was not for Mr. Bhuiyan’s eye, but for the other two people the hater killed.

    I think you may be jumping to conclusions if you think Mr. Bhuiyan is jockeying for a place in heaven. He may just be trying to make earth a bit more pleasant.

    Here’s another article about him:

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/rais_bhuiyan_911_mark_stroman_hate_crime.php

    One thing that I find endlessly fascinating is how holy books can be inkblot tests. Every such book of which I am aware can be used as a justification for killing people, and every such book of which I am aware condemns murder. Which side you choose says very little about the book you use, but a good deal about you.

    One more link, to a personal favorite youtube video:

  28. October 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Here’s an idea High Finance:

    Take the advice that your sock puppet gave you last week and retire from blogging for a few weeks, you know get some rest and lick your wounds and heal.

    Then come back using your real name, since you claim to be a successful local businessperson and “job creator” that should be no problem. No one will ever connect your true identity to the poser “High Finance” unless you start channeling Sean Hannity.

    Come back on with your real name and engage me in civil debate. Check back in the comments on this blog. When I am engaged with real people the debate is civil even when we don’t agree.

    Since I am just an aging pothead it should be easy for a rich and successful and intelligent entrepreneur like you to make a monkey out of me in open public debate.

    Sure I understand that some people in a small town need to remain anonymous. Surely a big shot like you won’t care if a half dozen “proggies” boycott you? After all they don’t have any money to spend anyway.

    What is stopping you?

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  29. Goldie
    October 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Thanks Mitch. That was a great video.

  30. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Jane 9:18,

    It really doesn’t happen to me very much.

    I seriously lost my temper at an event to discuss Murder Music… even there, though, I don’t think there were any anti-gay folks, just an “objective” jackass, a dishonest new agey reggae promoter trying to make some money, and Nocturnum’s owner, who really couldn’t be bothered.

    The last somewhat similar thing is when I was dragged to a dinner party hosted by a quite successful elderly woman who had a professional relationship with my spouse — this was years ago. The group began harrumphing about all the people who had lied to get mortgages, and how they were to blame for the mortgage crisis. I pointed out how they were ignoring the real issue, outlined the real issue, and brought a pall over the dinner party. We began talking about other stuff, and my spouse — quick learner that he is — has never asked me to go anywhere similar since.

  31. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

    You’re very welcome, Goldie. It really is wonderful. I wish it were used in schools, but I won’t hold my breath.

  32. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

    He and you are better men than I am Mitch. :D

    I prefer that rabid animals be destroyed and put serial killers in that category. Death row conversions and forgiveness by their victims (well the one who didn’t die anyway) aren’t cures for psychopathy, nor would I take the word of a psychopath for anything. Their lack of conscience makes them good liars and they have no moral boundaries.

  33. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I’ve been at those bbcues and dinner parties, Mitch. No names, but I’m sure I know that woman.

  34. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

    PJ,

    No. I just don’t get out much. (Prefer it that way.)

  35. longwind
    October 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Note to Raul: Last year in New York CIty alone, more than 80,000 black and brown young men were stopped and frisked by cops on routine suspicion of being black and brown young men, and asked to show what was in their pockets. Actually many more than that, but here’s what happened to the 80,000:

    Small quantities of pot have been decriminalized in NYC for more than 20 years. But you can’t ‘display’ it. When the young men obey orders to show cops their stashes, the cops call that public display, they’re arrested, typically jailed for 30 days on misdemeanor charges, and consumed by the Perpetual Probation industry.

    Even Mayor Bloomberg acknowledged this as a scandal recently, but it’s not scandalous enough to merit attention from Holder’s Justice Department. It’s a good thing all these black supremacists are shiftless, huh?

  36. Moderate This
    October 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    …in addition to what longwind posted, then those black folk arrested in sucker searches are stuck with legal fees and a criminal record for the rest of their lives.

  37. tra
    October 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

    The organizers of “No Hate Here!” deserve our thanks, our support and our participation.

    Meanwhile “Raul Malo” is either a fool, or a tool, or both.

  38. Anonymous
    October 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    The real Raul Malo, according to Wikipedia, is a guitarist, singer, music producer and such.

    If the real Raul Malo finds out who this fake Raul Malo is, he might very well sue him for defamation.

  39. Not A Native
    October 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Thank goodness. The 1,500 Black people and 3,000 Asian persons in Humboldt can know that their miniscule numbers aren’t due to deeply entrenched racism and anomosity, overt and latent, from the 110,000 White residents.

    Must be only those bad ‘outsiders’ who harbor ill feeling toward racial minorities. The 7,700 Native Americans in HumCo can certainly attest to that. Racism they’ve experienced has always come only from outsiders.

  40. Plain Jane
    October 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Who are you arguing with, Nan?

  41. Not A Native
    October 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    One swallow does not a Summer make.

  42. October 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I’m with PJ If someone acts like a vicious rabid animal rather than a human being then perhaps the ought to be treated that way.
    My bleeding heart lib sensibilities are generally opposed to the death penalty but in cases like this they are really tested I wouldn’t be at all upset to see this rotten murderous scum Pederson get strung up by his white power tattoo

  43. Mitch
    October 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    OK, robash141, I think I understand how you feel.

    I can guarantee you that in the heat of the moment, if I witnessed a hate crime, I’d feel that way too. I often feel violent anger when confronted with behavior that is, in comparison, completely trivial.

    I think people who commit hate crimes should be punished severely — I think they should be locked up for a good long time, and if they’ve killed someone, I think they should be locked up for life with no possibility of parole. But I’m very dubious about the death penalty.

    Here’s an exercise I’d try to do once I was calmer…

    Imagine Pederson… get a good image of that photo that’s been in the papers. Now imagine him five years younger; fix that image. Now another five years. Keep going until he’s about one year old. Get a real good look at that infant.

    Now move forward in time again. Imagine what twists must have taken place as he grew. Was it hateful parents? Abuse in other ways? Was it some experiences with certain Jews or Blacks, or his perceptions of those experiences, when he was young? Was it that the first group he could hang with was led by a “cool” racist three years older than he was? Was it just his own twisted mind?

    Ask yourself exactly how much you know about Pederson. Ask yourself exactly how much you know about just about anyone. What would have happened to you if you’d grown up with his life experiences? His relatives? His friends, or enemies?

    I remember some time ago someone saying we should not be allowed to cause the extinction of any species, no matter what, until we understood everything there was to know about them. That would leave all species protected, because it will never happen. We have to start studying, though, to realize the depths of our ignorance.

    I think that should hold for individual people as well.

    Again, that doesn’t mean I don’t think his behavior should be severely punished. Just not the death penalty.

  44. Anonymous
    October 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Mitch, I agree. We don’t even truly understand ourselves. How can we claim to understand others well enough to judge them justly? Such final judgments as lead to the death penalty are best left to a higher authority.

  45. Matt
    October 22, 2011 at 12:50 am

    re: “Raul Malo” – the point is, it’s not a “real” posting. The identical post has been made on blogs all over the internet. IOW, it’s copied and pasted from somewhere but it doesn’t say where from. It’s just some fake BS.

    —-

    Mitch says:
    October 21, 2011 at 7:22 am
    Iowa “hate crime” never happened.

    Yeah – not a lot of black people in Iowa!

  46. Matt
    October 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Mitch says:
    October 21, 2011 at 9:38 am
    I seriously lost my temper at an event to discuss Murder Music…

    Oh yeah – on that note, Mavado’s coming to Arcata soon… he’s got some murder songs in his past but I don’t know if he performs them now
    http://www.arcatatheater.com/2011/bonus-entertainment-presents-mavado-and-special-guests-from-the-gully-squad/

  47. October 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Yet if I wear a” fuck racism” sweat shirt I get booted from the shitty ass mall…

  48. October 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Perhaps , I might just envision a vicious little kid torturing small animals or a sadistic playground bully. I don’t know what caused this guy to make the choices he has made or what circumstances led him to this point ,It no longer matters, after randomly and wantonly murdering other people who did nothing but cross their path I’d say he’s beyond redemption.The only reason I’m ambivalent the Death Penalty is because I don’t trust the Government to administer that power fairly not because of any misplaced concern for the fate of these two dirtballs.

  49. Mitch
    October 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Regarding Mavado, here are three newspaper articles from this year.

    Assault:
    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110728/lead/lead5.html

    Attempted bribery:
    http://jamaica-star.com/thestar/20110727/ent/ent1.html

    Shots fired at concert:
    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shots-fired-at-Ocho-Rios-concert_8596970

    From this Jamaica Observer article: “During the concert, the sound selectors, Elephant Man and Mavado all voiced expressions of violence as a means to rev-up the thick crowd. The favourite target of the selectors and Elephant Man were gays whilst Mavado lyrically attacked his nameless enemies. Wayne Marshall kept his set clean. “We nah kill no fish. We just saying we nah switch non at all,” he stated in reference to gays.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Shots-fired-at-Ocho-Rios-concert_8596970#ixzz1bWUgfW5R

    I’m genuinely surprised that the Arcata Theatre Lounge finds this acceptable, but I’d want to hear what their explanation is. I’m not surprised in the slightest that Bonus Entertainment finds this acceptable. Money’s involved.

    This is truly sad.

  50. October 22, 2011 at 8:37 am

    The only reason I’m ambivalent [about] the Death Penalty is because I don’t trust the Government to administer that power fairly not because of any misplaced concern for the fate of these two dirtballs.

    My feelings exactly.

  51. Mitch
    October 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Heraldo and robash141,

    I understand and am sympathetic to your beliefs about the death penalty, and I sometimes feel that way, too. On calm reflection, though, I just go with the elementary-school common sense that a society doesn’t teach people that killing is wrong by killing people. The only exceptions I’d make are for true mass murderers like bin Laden and Khaddafi.

    Incidentally (since my earlier comment got trapped in moderation due to its links)… regarding Mavado:

    In Jamaican newspaper articles from this year, Mavado was allegedly (hah!) involved in assault against a 51 year old motorist and his 17 year old son, who’d had the nerve to stop to allow other traffic to pass. Someone who works for him was also charged with attempted bribery to drop the case. And shots were fired at a concert in Ocho Rios, following exhortations to violence. I’ve left the links off this comment so it doesn’t get moderated away.

    From this Jamaica Observer article: “During the concert, the sound selectors, Elephant Man and Mavado all voiced expressions of violence as a means to rev-up the thick crowd. The favourite target of the selectors and Elephant Man were gays whilst Mavado lyrically attacked his nameless enemies. Wayne Marshall kept his set clean. “We nah kill no fish. We just saying we nah switch non at all,” he stated in reference to gays.”

  52. Mitch
    October 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Arcata Mayor Susan Ornelas’ response to being provided three newspaper articles from 2011 about Mavado’s connection to assault, attempted bribery, and incitement to violence followed by shots fired in Ocho Rios:

    Mitch –

    I appreciate the heads up, but Jamaica is a very violent place compared to Arcata.

    Susan

    Susan Ornelas
    Arcata City Council
    sornelas@cityofarcata.org

    I hope Ms. Ornelas elaborates here.

  53. October 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

    true mass murderers like bin Laden and Khaddafi

    REALLY?

    You forget George W. Bush, Barack Obama and what they did – do on a daily basis for the past 10 years? HYPOCRITE!

  54. Mitch
    October 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Joe,

    I did not mean for my list to be inclusive. Nor did I mean for my list to be divisive.

  55. October 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    “Yet if I wear a” fuck racism” sweat shirt I get booted from the shitty ass mall…”

    Yes, it’s sad that such an articulate and effective form of activism of is frowned upon in commercial spaces.

  56. Mitch
    October 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    And yet, Joel, stores in the mall may have been selling clothes from French Connection UK, a fashion line which rose to prominence by plastering its acronym on every piece of clothing it sold.

    In any event, I hope there is a large and diverse turnout for tonight’s vigil. By standing up, a community can make clear what behavior and attitudes are not acceptable to it; by failing to do so, a community can inadvertently send a message that it really doesn’t care.

  57. skippy
    October 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Exactly, Mitch. I’ll be there tonight at 6:30 along with others who feel the same way.

  58. Rick
    October 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    There WAS a very large and diverse turnout for Saturday night’s “No Hate Here!” event. .

    Not a single person came to disrupt the spirit of unity that animated the meeting and vigil.

    News Channel 3 covered the events leading up to the vigil thoroughly and professionally. They covered the vigil itself with sensitivity, effectively conveying a sense of how it felt to be there.

  59. Rick Khamsi
    October 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    The ideas generated at the October 22 community meeting for making our community a better place are shown in the video I just posted to YouTube entitled “No Hate Here! (final cut)”

  60. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I can’t believe racism is still alive in this day and age. This town clearly has not experienced enough diversity; which is probably why everyone is so ignorant about ‘stereotypes’. No one is educated enough to understand that racism only exist in those with small, ignorant minds. The U.S. is a melting pot for all races. We are ALL immigrants. There are bad people and good people in every race, yes, even your race, and to think not is just plain arrogant. Just look and see for yourself. Research and read. In order to even be racist you’ve obviously only got information from small unreliable sources. Think about it, the media can only report so much, yet there are millions of people in the U.S. They can’t report everything and they don’t! Statistics nowadays are often misleading because they are missing many variables, which means the studies are null. Open up your small minds and maybe visit somewhere other than that little bubble you live in. You live in a small town with barely 100,000 people, yet the U.S. alone has more than hundreds of millions of people. Racists are the ones that think they know it all, and talk like they’ve seen the most when they’ve seen the least.

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