to my wife this morning. In the comments section of this story on the Vicad site, she posted to ask the immigration status of the principals in the shooting. The victim has a Nahuatl-sounding name, Caltzontzin, and the little gem pictured in the story, the one accused of doing the shooting, has facial tats like those you see on Mara Salvatrucha gangsters. So, her question, respectfully put, seemed worth asking. She was zapped from the site with a note that she had violated terms.
In this time when the racialist pressure groups are working themselves into a purple frenzy about the new Arizona law and the big papers are damning proponents of the law as evil racists, it seems a reasonable question to ask and bears directly on current events, maybe even illustrating some reasons for a wish for stricter border enforcement. Too bad the Vicad management didn't think so. Maybe the two were born right here in DeTar and went to school at Memorial, right? Truth is, most newspapers will twist themselves into pretzels to avoid telling us details that show immigrants, papered or unpapered, as anything but hard-working saints, just toiling away in their vibrant neighborhoods but ever fearful of the wicked and oppressive immigration enforcers. The story has a new little tag in a short graf telling us that more info will be coming later. The comments section seems to be closed. They really, really, truly want to foster an open discussion of current questions, but don't ever say anything they don't like in this open discussion.