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A Racist Terrorist Massacred Hispanics In El Paso, But It Feels Like White America Has Already Moved On

As an American Mexican, it's heartbreaking to see terrorism targeting the Hispanic community. What's worse is it feels like people don't quite understand the Hispanic point of view.

A Racist Terrorist Massacred Hispanics In El Paso, But It Feels Like White America Has Already Moved On

White nationalist terrorism is what conspiracy theorists thought Islamic terrorism would be. This past week in El Paso a far-right, radicalized white supremacist viciously massacred 22 people in the name of his disgusting ideology.

While it shook this nation to its core it also served as a reminder of who we are, and where we are, as a country.

It comes after a recent rise in anti-immigrant sentiments around the world. More specifically, the shooter in El Paso was inspired by a manifesto (titled "The Great Replacement") written by the terrorist behind the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand. On a broader scale, both shooters were politically motivated, in some way, by President Trump.

After nearly nine hours of driving to the peaceful border town of El Paso, a man armed with an AK-47, protective eye and ear wear, and a manifesto of his own, perpetrated a hate crime with the stated goal of "stopping the Hispanic immigrant invasion." Here now is a montage of Trump using the word "invasion," invoking and stoking fear of immigrants and putting the lives of all Hispanics in the country in danger.

I have a very serious question to propose: Does the rest of the USA comprehend how our communities feel right now?

I don't intend on representing every Hispanic in the world here, obviously. However, this was a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of so many, on American soil, carried out by one of our own. Americans, Mexican internationals, even a German international were identified as victims. This is a tragedy that has enormous ramifications.

If I have any ounce of ability in my actions in this life, I will make sure that the racist ideology that purposes to minimize the lives of not just Hispanics — but all minorities and people of color — doesn't succeed. Not through violence, fear, bullying, or campaigning. I ask anyone reading to do the same.

Consider how Americans, or the POTUS for that matter, would react if an undocumented immigrant had carried out *any* one of the horrific terror attacks we've seen this year. Hell, not even 12 hours after the shooting in El Paso another gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people and utilized a 100-round magazine that he legally bought. (Though his attack has not been deemed politically motivated as of writing.)

Experts have known about the global rise in White Supremacy, and 8chan, for long time. This months-old video nearly predicts the El Paso Massacre.YouTube

And now, consider how Americans who happen to be of Mexican (but more generally, Hispanic) descent feel if the country collectively shifts their focus to whatever tweet that should've stayed in his drafts in the next week-or-so. Listen, people, there is a disturbing rise of white supremacy in this country and it is emboldened by the White House.

It may not seem like a big deal to you, and frankly, that's because you may be white.

The threat of basically a Nazi ideology doesn't inherently threaten you the way it threatens me, or my nephews Eddie and Daniel, or my best friend Justin, or my mother and her wife — the list goes on. I'm aware that not everyone fears the vicious, infectious violence of racism and white nationalism because they've never had to worry about race a day in their lives.

I'm telling you as a brown, hyphenated American, that I'm scared. My father honorably and faithfully served this country for 16 years in the army and yet I fear that I am in danger in our homeland. I fear my family is in danger because of their skin color. Our ability to roll our R's, our precious Mexican DNA, and a wide range of melanin means we have a target on our back.

Mind you, this is how a Hispanic citizen feels. I can't fathom how a Green Card holder or immigrant feels. One Yale Ph.D. student, who happens to be a Hispanic immigrant, told the New York Times, "it feels like we're being hunted."

If immigrants can't be deported by ICE, then some radicalized nationalists will take care of the rest.

This is a defining moment in our generation. How we vote and act on gun reform, white nationalism, immigration, and Citizens United in every election for the rest of our lives can all stem from how we feel right now. We can't allow people like Tucker Carlson on Fox News claiming that White Supremacy is "a hoax" and "actually not a problem."

El Paso can no longer be the normal way of life. I want to make one thing abundantly clear, however. If America buys into that narrative — the idea that White Supremacy is not a real problem — then the message is received by the minority communities in the States.

We can't act like nothing happened, because if America just moves on... you're leaving Hispanic-Americans like me behind.

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