Monday, January 14, 2008
Hate crimes on the rise throughout North Texas
Instances of intolerance may be due to those emboldened by the actions of city governments like Farmers Branch and Irving.
Who’s to say whether the actions of Farmers Branch, Irving and other city governments across the United States proclaiming open season on undocumented immigrants are fueling the wave of hate crimes we’ve been seeing lately in North Texas, but something is.
We’ve watched how one black family in Arlington has been terrorized by, it would seem, the deranged acts of one woman but now comes news of a Latino family in Benbrook suffering the same fate.
The Bara family has only lived in their Tarrant County home for three months but now they are suffering from almost daily vandalism. They have endured swastikas and the words “white power” and “die” painted on their cars, gasoline poured on the front yard, a family trampoline destroyed and the final straw, someone pried open the window screen of the 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom, sufficiently traumatizing her to the point she doesn’t want to leave the house, even to go to school.
From the newscasts, the home is in an upscale neighborhood with neighboring homes surrounded by some acreage between them.
It’s always been a mystery as to why some people feel so emboldened or empowered to subject other people to this kind of treatment, regardless of the motive.
Unfortunately, during these times, it’s precisely the actions of city governments like Farmers Branch and Irving that seem to feed the assumption that it’s okay to disparagingly treat Latinos, or anyone deemed undesirable who wants to live within a particular community.
The news reports say that the Bara family is ready to chuck their American Dream and move out of the Benbrook neighborhood. But as we saw in Arlington, it’s not the police who will deter those who can’t see past the color of the skin on their noses, but the neighbors.
In fact, the strongest messages that can ever be sent to stop such behavior have been when there has been an unified effort on behalf of the whole community.
The popular book title may read, “It takes a Village to Raise a Child,” but it takes a determined community to stamp out intolerance.
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