A misleading statistic that hate crimes against Latinos have increased more than 40% in the past few years is being passed around in a new cut-and-paste "report" entitled "Confronting the New Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes in America 2009" from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. I say cut-and-paste because this report is entirely a cut-and-paste of numerous other "reports" put out and has almost zero original writings in it. As a matter of fact this article you are reading now will have more original statements in it than the entirety of their report. Of course their report is being trumpeted by the pro-amnesty shill at the Washington Post named Spencer S. Hsu as all these so-called "reports" are when they are released.
If you go read the report it is quite clear that the whole portion on immigration is almost a direct copy of what the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Mexican American Legal Defense And Education Fund (MALDEF) have been spouting in their "Wave of Hate" campaign for the past year or two. I'd dare say they are even plagiarists. The statistic is pulled straight from these reports and the SPLC's report is even directly quoted as a significant portion. These groups are not alone in pushing this "report". In December 2008 the Puerto Rican Legal Defense And Education Fund (PRLDEF) filed a petition with the Organization of American States citing these numbers and claiming that the United States is not protecting Latinos.
Quite ominously the AARP is the Secretary for the group and taking a look at other groups associated with LCCR is a who's who of unions and leftist organizations.
Wade Henderson, President LCCR
Examining Wade Henderson
, the president of LCCR since 1996, gives us a little understanding also. According to his bio, prior to his position at LCCR he held positions as the associate director of the Washington national office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Washington Bureau director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), executive director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) and has been a proponent of affirmative action and pushing for the Employee Free Choice Act and Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Lacking in his bio is anything remotely suggesting that he is for all Americans
. I guess he just didn't have time between his official job as a professional "race card" player.
The most disgusting part of the report is the following. These are the classes of people who are allowed to qualify as a victim of hate according to their table of contents for the report. Under the section entitled:
The Human Face of Hate Crimes
- Hate Crimes Against African Americans
- Hate Crimes Against Hispanics
- Hate Crimes Against Jews
- Hate Crimes Against Asian Pacific Americans
- Hate Crimes Against Arab Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs
- Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals
- Hate Crimes Against Individuals With Disabilities
- Hate Crimes Against Women
- Hate Crimes Against Juveniles
The true goals of this group are quite exposed in their report by it's obvious omission. According to this group white victims - who are not women, gay or transgendered - (hint: men) are sub-human and I find it utterly disgusting and repulsive that groups like the AARP support and sit on the staff of groups that produce this garbage. With that being said, on to the rest of this "report". (I refuse to link to this piece of tripe, but it can be found at http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrimes/)
The claim in the report is that the number of hate crimes against Latinos has climbed from 426 in 2003 to 595 in 2007 at least according to the FBI. But is there really an increase in hate crimes against Latinos and is this directly attributable to anti illegal immigration groups or individuals? Illegal Protest had some interesting comments on this topic back in December 2008 which found that the numbers of "hate crimes" against Hispanics actually decreased.
As a thinking person you must ask yourself a few things before you buy into the rhetoric these "civil rights groups" are spouting.
First of all, are these numbers true or has there simply been an increase in the types of crimes that are being deemed "hate"? Who is defining "hate"? Is it now considered a hate crime to call someone a name whereas it wasn't before? If so, of course the numbers are going to go up.
Second, exactly how much did the Latino population increase from 2003 to 2007? With over 1 million illegal aliens entering this country every year - and the majority of them of Hispanic decent - we can factor that at least 3.5 million illegal aliens of Hispanic origin entered this country during the stated period. Add on top of this those of Hispanic decent that came here legally for permanent residency or temporary guest worker programs (of which we have many). Literally millions of Hispanics have entered this country from 2003 to 2007, yet we only see an increase of barely 40 cases a year in hate crimes. 40 out of millions and once again I remind you that the term "hate crime" is subjective and the increase could simply be attributed to what is deemed a "hate crime".
Third, the report is blaming this increase on the immigration debate with no proof other than their own baseless conclusions. They say that attacks on Hispanics are going up because people are talking about illegal immigration and that groups opposed to illegal immigration are putting out reports that show the impacts of illegal aliens on society. It's an asinine conclusion and comes straight from the lips of La Raza and other racist groups pushing for the Hispanic race above all.
Fourth, it is quite clear that civil rights organizations are feeling threatened. With the election of Barack Obama and a continued increase in minorities throughout our government and in business - and quite successfully I might add - these groups are trying to justify their existence. It is quite clearly stated in their opening to the report.
For many, the election of President Barack Obama appeared to close the book on a long history of inequality in America. But the spate of racially-motivated hate crimes and violence against minorities and immigrants that occurred before and after Election Day makes clear that a final victory over prejudice and racial hostility remains elusive.
And in the report they don't just blame some White Supremacists for this "wave of hate", no they blame people who are speaking out about illegal immigration.
The increase in violence against Hispanics correlates closely with the increasingly heated debate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform and an escalation in the level of anti-immigrant vitriol on radio, television, and the Internet.
They specifically name groups:
Some groups opposing immigration reform, such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), and NumbersUSA, have portrayed immigrants as responsible for numerous societal ills, often using stereotypes and outright bigotry.
From the three groups mentioned above I have never, once, in any report or interview, seen a bigoted statement. Yet this report associates those groups with racists. The report doesn't mention the true groups that are "often using stereotypes and outright bigotry". Later in the report they refer to FAIR as an "extremist" group.
And they don't rest on their laurels when it comes to the hate pouring from this report. They go on to hate Lou Dobbs and Michael Savage.
The increasing number of shrill anti-Immigration reform commentaries from high profile national media personalities, including CNN's Lou Dobbs and Talk Show Network's The Savage Nation host Michael Savage, correlates closely with the increase in hate crimes against Hispanics. There is a direct connection between the tenor of this rhetoric and the daily lives of immigrants, and many fear that the unintended consequence of media celebrities vilifying immigrants will be an atmosphere in which some people will act on these demonizing screeds, violently targeting immigrants and those perceived to be immigrants.
They voluminously copy a list of quotes on Dobbs from La Raza on how he has used the term "anchor babies", reported on the Minutemen, called the influx of mass illegal aliens an invasion and shown a map of Aztlan - a map which I note is real and being used by the racist Hispanic groups they fail to mention in the report, in their goal of conquering the southwest of America.
They also attempt to tie the death of illegal alien Luis Ramirez directly to a live broadcast Dobbs made on the Illegal Immigration Relief Act (IIRA) put forth by Mayor Lou Barletta in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in May 2007.
The report goes as far as stating as fact that it was a racist "hate crime" even though all involved were acquitted of "ethnic intimidation" charges. I have extensive coverage of the Luis Ramirez case including the verdict if you are interested in how they are outright lying about this in the report.
On May 2, 2007, Dobbs held a special "Broken Borders" town hall meeting edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to spotlight that town's passage of its "Illegal Immigrant Relief Act."
Fourteen months later, 20 miles from Hazleton in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Luis Ramirez, a 25 year-old Mexican and father of two, was murdered because of his ethnicity in a brutal beating allegedly by four current and former high school football players.
Tying these two things together is ridiculous. Claiming Ramirez was murdered, when all involved were acquitted of murder, is an outright lie. That is like saying that Barack Obama spoke somewhere and over a year later, 20 miles away, a black man was involved in a fight in which he died. How anyone can take such a "report" seriously is beyond me. Just for the record, Shenandoah, PA never put forth or passed any type of IIRA ordinance.
However, with all of the falseness and misleading information in this report which is quite easily disputed, that is not the purpose of this report.
Clearly their intention is not reason, it is the spread of disinformation on a wide scale. Propaganda that they hope if they spread far and wide and often enough people will start believing it. It is not about reason with these people, it is about their ultimate goals. If they have to slander and destroy people along the way that is fine in their opinion.
I expect more of these cut-and-paste reports will continue to be put forth. They will continue to be reported on by their connections at the Washington Post who just repeat what the report says without questioning it and doing actual reporting and investigation.
You however know the truth and can help spread the word that all of these groups mentioned above - MALDEF, NCLR, SPLC, ADL, LCCR and even the AARP - are all a bunch of shills for amnesty no matter the cost. The title to their report was "Confronting the New Faces of Hate". I think we can all quite clearly see that they are the new faces of hate.
Washington Post story tipped by: Inside Charm City