Saturday, July 16, 2005

Anti-Hispanic Attacks in Ohio

"Confrontations, name-calling and threats against Hispanics followed. Men roamed the streets wearing pillowcases with eye holes, and Ku Klux Klansmen in hoods and robes showed up to pass out pamphlets. There were rumors of assaults and beatings."

People may not think much of it when they see an article like this in the news, but I know it certainly holds close to me. For the past 8 months I've been in a relationship with a Hispanic girl who moved here from Columbia with her family before she was even 5 years old. She's been a full US Citizen for at least 3 years now, has a full US Passport and a degree in photography. What bothers me the most about this is the fact that the Klan got involved with it and is actively trying to spread anti-Hispanic sentiments in a relatively peaceful town. Then what really scares me is the fact that my job is in Pulaski, TN, which as you may have heard of before is the birthplace of the KKK, and the last thing I would want to do is have the wrong person find out about who I'm dating and start giving her as well as myself threats.

Not all people who aren't white are bad, and in fact most of them are wonderful people. Don't let the mistakes of a few, ruin the image of the rest.