Joined Dec. 31, 2007
5 years, 10 months agoMarisa's comment on:
I shouldn't have to make the distinction if the Latino family in question were immigrants or not. Why would that matter? Does that justify these tactics?
Not to a reasonable person.
It seems pretty safe to assume, since the family has no idea who is targeting them, that the perpetrator doesn't know the legal status of these people either. Which is what is happening across the country - see a brown-skinned person and assume they're illegally here.
It's not tenuous reasoning to link what is happening in places like Farmers Branch and the increase in hate crimes among some populations. These types of people who commit them need only one small excuse to get started.
5 years, 11 months agoMarisa's comment on:
I've read these same arguments about Rebecca but never did this guy forcibly push Rebecca away, try to slam the door or do anything to indicate he was actively trying to get away.
His past behavior indicates that he's not afraid to use force. He may regret it but he's not afraid to use it, whether it's defending his property or himself.
In all honesty, her reporting was mild compared to consumer reporters or Dateline ambush reporters who go after people who are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.
Yes, the man cried. If he was 30-years-old or a black or a Latino 70-year-old would he evoke this same kind of sympathy? Unfortunately, the record shows otherwise.
I hate pulling the race card because I think it devalues an argument when it's used if it's not justified but as I've seen in the comments sections of different sites, race has unfairly seeped into this argument.
When I look at Rebecca's reporting, I honestly don't see everything that she is being accused of.
Is it just me? I don't think so if journalism ethics experts from Poynter agree with me.
So, while I understand your empathy with the man, I don't understand how anyone can still say Rebecca deserves the treatment she is currently getting from the station.