Thursday, May 14, 2009

Simple Assault

Fucking wetback.
pound to the face
Get the fuck out of our country.
kick to the head
God Damn beaner.
one final blow
Go back to Mexico spic.

Blood on the floor.

This is what simple assault sounds like in Pennsylvania's Schuylkill County. That's what 19-year-old Derrick Donchak and 17-year-old Brandon Piekarsky committed, according to a jury of their peers. That's what 25-year-old Luis Ramirez endured while his fiance's sister watched helpless, thinking about his three kids.

This is what it is not:

It's not a hate crime if you don't exist. It's not a hate crime if you don't have ID. It's not a hate crime if the people committing it are young, white and have their whole future ahead of them. It's not a hate crime if your peers say it isn't'.

And this is what takes place when we as a community stay silent and watch. When we shake our heads. When we get angry.When we get sad. When we move on.

By the time help arrived, Luis Ramirez lay convulsing in the middle of the street, foam running from his mouth.

Blows had struck the 25-year-old illegal Mexican immigrant with such force that they left a clotted, bruised impression of Jesus Christ on the skin of his chest from the religious medal he wore.

His attackers were white teenagers, including star students and football players, witnesses told police.

After a night of drinking, the teens taunted the undocumented worker with racial epithets, pummeled him to the ground and then kicked him in the head, court documents charge. He died in a hospital two days later.

It took almost two weeks for arrests to be made.
There has been protests and calls for investigation of racism in the jury but

One of the jurors, Josh Silfies, took exception to that. "It was really not as cut and dry as a couple of white kids beat up a Mexican and killed him," Silfies told reporters. "It's not like that. I sat there for a week and heard the testimony and heard the evidence, and I had a lot of doubt that these boys were heinous." - the Merc
As an undocumented immigrant this scares me. As an American it embarrasses me. As a human being it makes me sick to my stomach.

1 comment:

  1. wow this post really got to me.
    more because i think about it 25. almost my age and with all the hopes and dreams that anybody at this age has.
    just taken away.
    this is a person convulsing on the street