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NYT: Teen Attack Proves Anti-Latino Racism

From those celebrants of open borders at the New York Times:

A Killing in a Town Where Latinos Sense Hate

By KIRK SEMPLE

Published: November 13, 2008 

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — It was an occasional diversion among a certain crowd at Patchogue-Medford High School, students said: Drink a few beers, then go looking for people to mug, whether for money or just for kicks.

Friends of Jeffrey Conroy, a star athlete at the school, say he was known to do it, too. And last Saturday night, after drinking in a park in the Long Island hamlet of Medford, Mr. Conroy, 17, and six other teenagers declared that they were going to attack “a Mexican” and headed to the more ethnically diverse village of Patchogue to hunt, according to friends and the authorities.

They found their target in Marcelo Lucero, a serious-minded, 37-year-old immigrant from a poor village in Ecuador who had lived in the United States for 16 years, mostly in Patchogue, and worked in a dry cleaning store, sending savings home to support his mother, a cancer survivor.

After the boys surrounded, taunted and punched Mr. Lucero, the authorities say, Mr. Conroy plunged a knife into his victim’s chest, fatally wounding him.

The attack has horrified and puzzled many in this comfortable Suffolk County village of 11,700. Prosecutors have labeled it a hate crime and County Executive Steve Levy called the defendants, who have pleaded not guilty, “white supremacists.” And some immigrant advocates on Long Island have described the attack as a reflection of widespread anti-Latino sentiment and racial intolerance in Suffolk County

Friends of Mr. Conroy and the other suspects insisted that the defendants were not racist and said they were shocked that a frivolous escapade by bored, drunken teenagers had quickly turned tragic. They pointed out that one of the defendants, José Pacheco, 17, is the son of an African-American mother and a Puerto Rican father, and that Mr. Conroy counted Latino and black classmates among his closest buddies

The bulk of this typically verbose New York Times article is spent chronicling what a hotbed of anti-Latino racism is Suffolk County, Long Island.

Never mind the facts.

As the article notes, this same group had a practice of mugging people for kicks. They just happened to choose a Hispanic this time.

Consequently, this becomes an official hate crime. — As if killing someone for no reason isn’t bad enough.

And what is the moral? Juvenile delinquents run amok? (Even ones with college scholarships?)

Not according to New York Times.

No, according to The Times this is yet another tragic parable in the endless struggle of (illegal) aliens.

Any port in a storm.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NYT: Teen Attack Proves Anti-Latino Racism”

  1. Colonel1961

    Um, how did they know the deceased was ‘serious-minded’?

  2. efrantz23

    I wonder at what point will killing a “white” man will be deemed a hate crime.

    Colonel1961 —
    He’s a seious minded “mexican” (though he lived in the United States for 16 years which should make him a Mexican American, but dont get me started on that) because he was sending his savings home to his cancer surviving mother.

    Sometimes it makes me believe that The Times stetches the facts to fit their agenda, such as in this case. What if he had been sending his money home to pay child support? Or if he didn’t save money at all and just bought high tech electronics with it. Does that make him serious minded?

    Alas, those scenarios dont make for a good story. Adding “cancer survivor” and “serious-minded” makes the story that much more devistating.

  3. 1sttofight

    I am a surviving cancer victim, send me the money.


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