Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Harassment of Latinos in NC

This is just too depressing. The Justice Department concluded a two year investigation of the sheriff's office in Alamance County (not too far east of Charlotte). Its letter of findings shows intentional, open and unconstitutional harassment of Latinos, then threats against people who were willing to talk about it. This is exactly why "papers please" policies are so fundamentally wrong. Officers tried to arrest as many Latinos as they could, targeting certain neighborhoods for traffic stops on the basis that "most of them drive without licenses." They would stop Latinos for minor traffic violations and then arrest them, allowing everyone else to get off lightly. People who appear "American" don't get questioned about anything, even without ID, but if you look "Latino" then you have to prove you're in the country legally.

Keep reading. The Sheriff referred to Latinos as "taco eaters" and looked down on them for their cultural and moral inferiority. The whole thing is horrifying.


Defensores de Democracia 11:03 AM  

Latinos will vote largely for Obama in North Carolina ;

Hair-raising suspense in North Carolina as election approaches - If Obama wins North Carolina then it is a national landslide for the President - Students change registration from New York and California to vote for Obama - More offices and technology

Bets for Obama winning in North Carolina have improved a lot in the last week, but bettors still believe in a Romney State win. .... There are few pathways to winning the presidency for Romney without North Carolina.

In 2008, President Obama won by 14,000 votes out of 4.2 million cast—essentially a tie

The Obama campaign has 54 field offices throughout the state, whereas Romney’s campaign has 28.

The Demography is favorable to Obama because his Coalition has gained more voters as a percentage ( Blacks, Latinos, etc ... ), but other conditions may play against Obama.

The Chronicle ( North Carolina )
The Independent Daily at Duke University ( Durham NC )
Obama, Romney camps vow to fight for North Carolina win
By Georgia Parke
September 25, 2012

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