LatinaLista -- Attacks on Latinos and/or Latino immigrants are nothing new. The nation has witnessed countless examples over the past few years of irrational hatred and brute force directed at Latino immigrants.
Sometimes Latino immigrants lived to tell the tale but too often they died leaving behind grieving families and local communities wondering how civility and tolerance have spiraled so out of control.
So far, the intolerance and demeaning rhetoric directed towards Latino immigrants have been grudgingly tolerated because popular perception has been that it was being done by skinhead punks or ignorant dumbasses who were considered to be too stupid to even pick out on a map the home countries of their victims.
As long as the attacks, both verbal and physical, happened under the dimly lit street lights of Main Street USA at the hands of self-proclaimed punk vigilantes, they could be rationalized by media and community leaders -- and they could also be put on the backburner of national concerns.
After all, punk vigilantes don't represent this nation.
Yet, local, state and national legislators do represent a portion of the nation and when these elected officials commit the same grievous acts of intolerance against Latino immigrants then it's damn well time for the country to refocus on a disturbing trend that is finding increasing acceptance within the hallowed halls of state capitols and Congress.
Hispanics are human beings. They have families for whom they desire a better life. Do you know the circumstances they leave behind, and the risks they take to come to America? I dare say I'd be one to take the same risks.