Thursday, November 20, 2008

Marcelo Lucero and Christopher Columbus

I swiped this pic from Newsday.

Unless your name is Sacagawea (mine isn't), or you mom's name is/was Sacagawea (again, nope), you're an immigrant. We are a nation, almost entirely, populated by immigrants. Talk about illegal immigration - you know, I went to the Smithsonian recently and nowhere did I see Christopher Columbus' green card. No visa or passport. Wanna know why? Because he was an illegal immigrant.

Fast forward to 2008 and the story of a man - Marcelo Lucero - from Ecuador who came here to make a better life for himself and his family. Just like millions before him who came to these shores - perhaps like your family, or mine (if we were even lucky enough to make the choice to come here, as opposed to being chained on a ship...).
Seven teens from Long Island are charged with his death. Seven. Teens. WTF? So here is the brilliant response from Steve Levy, Suffolk's County Exec:
'El plan de Levy incluye un lema de campaña en las escuelas que dice, “odiar no es chévere”.' The plan includes a school campaign called "hate ain't cool". That's it? That's how we combat modern day lynchings? My heart aches.

1 comment:

heidi said...

from the Newsday article: Outside court, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said the seven students charged in the attack admitted they regularly beat Hispanics for fun. He said one of the accused attackers, Anthony Hartford, 17, of Medford, told police "I don't go out doing this very often, maybe once a week."