By Palmdale resident Tyler Martin
My name is Tyler Martin, a local white male resident here in the Antelope Valley. I’m writing to you in regards to the ever increasing hate-crime rate occurring locally and would like to express my views upon the matter.
First, the Justice Department has stated in a letter that within the last decade, the Antelope Valley has shown the highest rate of racial hate-crimes in Los Angeles County since the 1990’s, accelerating to an African American fire-bombed church as recent as 2010.
One critical example is when a mayoral candidate’s son stabbed two black men one night while reciting white power statements. Another was when two homes in Palmdale were vandalized and spray painted with racial slurs and swastikas. Additionally, three white youths murdered a black man in Palmdale so one of them could earn a “white supremacist” tattoo.
Second, the Justice Civil Rights Division found an alarming pattern of increased pedestrian and vehicle stops, unconstitutional searches, and excessive force among local black residents from local deputies. In fact, there was a 10-15 percent higher stop and search among black people than whites in 2011. Pepper spray was administered to those who posed no threat. One black woman was punched in the face while being handled by four men weighing over 200 pounds.
Last, private information is being divulged from certain cases pertaining to those in low income, section 8 housing. One deputy posted pictures of luxury vehicles found in a voucher-family’s section 8 garage, taken by HaCoLA and LASD departments, on a Facebook page dedicated to “I hate section 8.” The family was then attacked due to advertisement of the post. The home was vandalized with obscenities and racial slurs, while urine was thrown at the son of the family.
Racism is due to ignorance, or the misunderstanding between two diversities. There are a lot of things to learn about blacks and Hispanics regarding their background and culture, and vice-versa to understand law, ethics, and bioethics. There should be volunteer programs and seminars to educate the public.
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