As most of you know, I have recently been following the story of Marcelo Lucero, the Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in Long Island. Unfortunately, Marcelo’s story is not an isolated incident. Hate crimes against Latinos rose 40% between 2003 and 2007.
So, the news that on Sunday morning two more Ecuadorean immigrants were beaten in Brooklyn, NY comes as no surprise.
Wait. Let me think about that for a second. Today, when I heard that Jose Sucuzhanay and his brother Romel Sucuzhanay were brutally beaten, while walking arm-in-arm, by random attackers, presumably for their ethnicity and/or sexual orientation, I was not surprised. The fact that I partially expected news like this breaks my heart.
Three men came out of the car shouting at the brothers, Jose and Romel Sucuzhanay — something ugly, anti-gay and anti-Latino. Vulgarisms against Hispanics and gay men were heard by witnesses, the police said. One man approached Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, the owner of a real estate agency who has been in New York a decade, and broke a beer bottle over the back of his head. He went down hard.
Meanwhile, anti-immigrant groups like FAIR continue to say there is no connection between the vicious anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric and these hate crimes. Open your eyes people. Hate does not happen in a vaccuum. Patterns emerge for a reason.
We must stop the dehumanization of immigrants.
Click here for the full NY Times article on the Hate crime in Brooklyn.