Last week, many voices in the blogosphere followed the story of Luis Ramirez, a 25 year-old Mexican immigrant who was beaten to death by local teenagers in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Eye-witness accounts claim that the beating was filled with racial slurs and epithets, however last week Shenandoah officials refused to acknowledge any racial motivation behind the violence.
This week, justice has been set in motion – 2 of the teens involved are being charged with homicide and ethnic intimidation and will be tried as adults. A third teen is charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and other offenses.
Though criminal proceedings will not return Ramirez, the father of two small children, at least it will acknowledge the crime for what it is – a small example of the scapegoating of migrants that is widespread this country.