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Immigration Backlash: Violence Engulfs Latinos

By Mark Potok on November 27, 2007 - 8:20 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Hate Crime

The FBI released its latest national hate crime statistics last week, and while these numbers are shaky they do indicate hate crimes directed at undocumented immigrants — and Latinos in general — are up 35% over the last four years. In light of this chilling trend, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report has compiled a frightening sampling of the more egregious anti-Latino hate crimes of recent years — crimes that mirror the rising verbal violence of the national immigration debate.

  • Ron

    Conservative Americans are contributing billions of dollars every year, by way of their religous organizations, and millions of hours of voluntary service. to thousands of organizations throughout Latin America and in other developing countries. Does this constitute “Hate?” If you would get outside of your own small circle and find out what is really going on your perception of conservatives might change. This has been the result of efforts begun over three deacdes ago to involve laypersons in practical venues of service in areas that their missionaries had earlier reached. Now it is one of the biggest, though least reported, phenomena of American culture.

    If they wish to protect their homeland that may be the necessary thing to do so they can keep on giving and helping. I hope you will become better informed and not arbitrarily label someone as a “racist” or “bigot” when you know very little about them.

  • Maricopa County

    There is nothing “fair” about racists. If one were to discover the true racists of them all. Look no further than here:


    By checking out that link provided above, is quite saturated with filthy racism and insidious hogwash. Its a white lie at its finest. There is nothing worse than a Neo-Nazi.

  • mary pratt

    How about looking at this site, that is, if you want to be fair about racist hate groups.

    LaRaza founder Jose Gutierrez

  • Skip

    Of course hate crimes are up 35 % over the last four years, but that is pretty good considering that the amont of Illegal Aliens has gone up at least 5,000%.

    So you see the amount of hate crimes is actually going down.

  • Ken

    Actually, the reporting her on HATE groups ONLY shows 1 latino group in the entire USA! ONE! Hello…. Who the heck is doing this stupid counting? Havent you heard about MALDEF, INDY, LA Raza and the other So called “Latino” groups that spwe hatred ALL of the time against all non latino races?

    Something really doesn’t smell right here, if you only report about blacks and whites and jews and christians…..

    Sounds like an agenda here to me!

    Maybe one of our 3-4 letter federal agencies needs to look into the SPLC! Maybe a little bird needs to drop a dime….
    Lets see what SPLC does to make these corrections….

  • carter

    The Tracking of Hate Crimes is actually poorly thought out as the Tracking notes what is prosecuted, not what is brought before the prosecution to begin with. Therefore the common phenomenon of plea bargaining is not taken into account.
    On the opposite end; the prosecution may not want to even consider a Hate Crime or it may have to prosecute a hate crime where another felony existed but less evidence (materially) was available. The court can be a market where more or less items make themselves available to the customer.

  • unlucky 13

    We need to speak out when we ourseleves or someone else is a victim of a clear-cut hate crime.I was victimized for being a gender bender.Latinos are catching hell lately.If we are aware of an incident we need to make it known as widely as necessary.I just made a peep about my own case.As a result the offender will not hesitate to act in a similar fashion in the future.He’ll repeat the type of attack he directed against me aimed ,probably ,at some other unsuspecting individual.We need to speak out loudly when such things occur.A person’s immigration status is not a license to attack anyone.

  • Josef

    I would be scared even if I were an American citizen of Latin descent. The anti-immigration people mean business and I really doubt they would be able to discriminate between two brown faces when the baseball bat comes down.

  • Sonny Lykos

    I just want to know what an “undocument” immigrant is, and why is this immigrant “undocumented”? Is it like an “undocumented” fetus that is aborted? Or is it more like an “undocumented” criminal when his/her crime record is expunged?

  • Jack

    It should come as no surprise that such attacks have increased. It is a logical consequence of the demagoguing that politicians do and the weak minds of people who feel they must blame others, suppress others in order to elevate themselves.

  • uk visa

    Politicians should be more careful about how they stir up the issue of immigration. I think they are ultimately responsible for the increase of violence towards minority groups.
    Whilst doing that they are also not telling the ‘majority’ of what it will cost them.
    The politicians have picked on a group of people who they know are not allowed to vote and are unable to defned themselves; shame on the politicians who are looking for personal gain from this route.

  • Blair

    Civil rights leaders have criticized the FBI hate crime report for grossly underestimating the number of hate crimes. The much more comprehensive Justice Department study, also release this month, lists 190,000 hate crimes per year compared to just 7,722 hate crimes in the FBI report. However, the Justice Department statistics show that whites and Hispanics are more likely to be victims of hate crimes than blacks: “Per capita rates of hate crime victimization varied little by race or ethnicity: about 0.9 per 1,000 whites, 0.7 percent blacks, and 0.9 percent Hispanics.”

    The Justice Department numbers reveal that whites (including Hispanics) make up only 43 percent of hate crime offenders, even though they make up nearly 80 percent of the population. It identifies 38.8 percent of hate crime offenders as black, even though blacks make up only about 12 to 13 percent of the population.

  • D.J. Racist Ryke

    Well I look forward to their “forthcoming story” soon to be released. Even if the numbers are not fully accurate its still a problem not too many people willing to admit. With politicians not working together and teaming up to address illegal immigration and nativists extremists/white supremacists/militias. Its national suicide to ignore both domestic problems.