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Racism is Alive and Well in Novato

Reading the comments about immigrants in a police report makes me wonder, Is this who Novatans really are?

On June 6, there was a on Novato Patch about about a 19-year-old man who was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The article further also noted that his occupation was listed as laborer and that his immigration status was being checked. It did not state his alleged country of origin nor that he had actually been found guilty of the crimes for which he has been arrested. (This is America after all, where we theoretically still believe that people are innocent until proven guilty.)

There were 23 comments about the article, and they include some fascinating opinions. (Note, I left spelling as is in the quotes.)

"This stinks!!! I hate that they will not deport him and nothing much will be done and it will happen again ... and again ... and agian ..... and ......"How do we know he will not be deported or is actually deportable if his immigration status has not yet been established? Is it because his surname is Spanish? So is my wife's, and a lot of other US citizens'."

"They do not belong here if they are illegal and especially if they rape little girls. Please don't alow this to happen in our town city of Novato!!!"

Who doesn't belong here? Remember, the article made no mention of race or national origin.

"If you have a collage student home for the summer, folks like this are taking jobs that our kids use to get to have some spending money. Meg Whitman's part time housekeeper was making $23 an hour for 9 years, wouldn't a citizen like to have that job?"

Where to begin?

First of all, "folk like this" is code for "non-white illegal immigrants."

Second, "they" are not taking anything that was not offered by employers, who nobody seems to be blaming. Is it because most of the employers are white?

Thirdly, I'd love to know any housekeeper in Novato who is getting paid $23 an hour.

"As many as possible people should write to Judy Arnold, our Supervisor, and share this story. She should hear this ove and over. She lopves our illegal Mexican population, its good for business she states."

OK, so now we have established that the problem is "the illegal Mexican population." If such crimes had been committed by an "illegal" Swedish alien, would the illegal Swedes be our new focus of hatred?

"illegals = CRIME"

This is one of my favorites. The fact is that the biggest crimes lately in the U.S. have been committed by white male citizens, or have we forgotten the recession that has still not ended and the millions of people who lost their homes, pensions and jobs due to the greed of already wealthy citizens?

"Isn't it enough that he is here illegally and that he was having sex with a child under 14?"

Again, no trial has been held, no verdict has been rendered.

All of this makes my stomach turn.

Novato is a town filled with really wonderful people, but it also seems to have people who are very clear on the fact that all of the woes of Novato can be tied to illegal immigrants. And let's be clear. That's just code for non-white, non-English speaking poor people.

If I may mix metaphors, some people have spiked the punch at some tea parties and some people have consumed way too much.

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Pebes June 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM
good lord, man! are you serious? the only one i was ridiculing was you. your claim that your upbringing in the "big city" gave you some unique perspective- as if the rest of us were the hillbillies. you can't be real, you've got to be the most brilliant troll on Novato Patch. kudos.
Dexter Kaziff June 15, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Well since you've been here less than a year, your opinion really means nothing, especially to those of us who have lived here for 20, 30, 40 years. I'm tired of you carpet baggers sticking your noses in Novato business. Adios, Pebes.
Pebes June 15, 2011 at 12:34 AM
I don't remember an application to "join" novato. I'm here now, so my opinion matters as much as yours (whatever that's worth). Hola, Dexter.
Renee June 15, 2011 at 02:56 AM
Great Article Marty!! as a 30 yr resident of Novato and one that is of hispanic origin,who's family has been here in the U.S for many generations. I was starting to feel like mabey my skin is a little to brown latley!! It is refreshing to see so many fellow Novatoans seeing what is really the ugly line that is clearly being crossed here. We all want the same things for this great little town of ours, but unfortunatley there will be those out there with those views you can probably never change, and they know who they are, and so do we!!
Grover Moondog June 20, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Racism is alive in Novato and other Marin communities. As a white male, married to a Latina woman, and having three Hispanic/American children (1 girl/2 boys), I can tell you that my wife and daughter encounter racism when shopping at various businesses in the area. It angers me to hear that they are discriminated against when it comes to shopping in Novato. I refuse to name business names, but as a family unit, we have stopped doing business with any of those offending businesses. Racism is a two way street - as a white male, I constantly get bad looks by those who don't understand my relationship with my family. I have also encountered reverse racism when shopping at Hispanic markets and stores in the community. Tolerance and understanding of the many cultures in our community is the key to our survival and success! Peace!

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