The Strange Death of Isaac Chinedu Nwachukw

Isaac Chinedu Nwachukw is a 29-year old Nigerian citizen who lives in Mexico City. On the night of May 11, 2011 he was beaten to death by Mexico City policemen.

Police insist that Chinedo died after being runover by a car, which got away. However, surveillance tapes released show Chinedo was being beaten by four to six policemen. He ran into the street and jumped at a police car that was traveling very slowly down the street. The Mexico City police then grabbed him again and beat the crap out of him right on the street. At one point he is seen being violent shoved to the ground.

Chinedu’s Mexican widow, Liduvina Castillo Zavala, claims that racial prejudice resulted in her husband’s death, a charge activists here are rallying around.

“This was an act of discrimination,” Castillo told a newscast. “Why? Because they detained him simply because he was black. He wasn’t doing anything. Isaac was waiting for a taxi to return to his home in peace.” Castillo Zavala claims her husband was arrested in 2007 and charged with drug dealing. He spent two years in prison before being found innocent by a judge and released.

Prosecutors and forensic investigators said they’ve determined that Chinedu died of injuries suffered after he was struck by a vehicle on Calzada de Tlalpan, but said his body showed trauma from blows delivered by at least two auxiliary police officers, whose actions were captured by surveillance video.

Link to article in Spanish.

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Tijuana is not competitive in tourism

[Translated and summarized by Fulano from an article in El Sol De Tijuana.]

Tijuana – The few tourists that come to Tijuana demand reasonable prices in restaurants, businesses and hotels, quality service and cuisine priced based on costs. Some Latino visitors say that the Mexican border town is “not competitive and they even abuse us with the dollar/peso exchange rate.”

Terry López, a promoter of events and trips in San Diego, said as much and organizes trips between the two sides of the border every 15 days, to take advantage of the the geography of both sides of the border, “but the truth is, when it comes to Tijuana, it seems as if visitors don’t have blue eyes, they are not tourists.”

In an interview on avenida Revolución, he said his customers complain they are served such small servings of food at a high cost that they have to resort to eating at small food stands, as the restaurants are so expensive, at least $12 per person for half a serving of something.

He explained that most of the people he arranges to come to Tijuana are Latinos, and the people of Tijuana mistake them for locals, which he believes is ideal as they will feel at home. But the opposite happens, the police give them tickets and ask for large sums of money because they say they are driving illegally imported cars.

Terry López said that instead of this being “the business of my life”, the behavior of some restaurant owners, hotel service people, taxi drivers, police and even supermarket employees, “only makes me lose customers, because of the excessive greed and poor attention paid by employees of the tourist sector.”

The food in many restaurants is “very poor,” with high costs and “it’s sad that they treat us like residents of Tijuana and reserve the best for tourists, meanwhile the police think that my customers are from Tijuana and bring in luxury cars because they are criminals, or their cars with American license plates are stolen or contraband.”

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A Trip To The La Paz Museum of History and Anthropology

OK, here is the story going on in this video. In the video you see three special needs teachers in La Paz. They arranged in advance to take their three classes of special needs children — children with handicaps — to the La Paz Museum of History and Anthropology. The parents of the children accompanied the children to help. The teachers told the museum administrators the children were handicapped, and the museum people told them it was no problem.

The museum is in a three story building with no handicap ramps nor elevators. In addition, the stairs to the second and third floors are steep. The most popular exhibit is on the third floor. When the classes first arrived, they were met by museum staff and well attended to. Parents carried the kids up to the second and third floors. As they were leaving the museum, the museum security guards asked the tall teacher on the right in the red blouse whose idea was it to bring these handicapped children to the museum. The teacher said it was her idea. The security guard then told the teacher that wheelchairs were not allowed and that in any event the children should not be allowed off of the first floor, because they were handicapped. The security guards made a point of saying this in front of the children.

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Yellow Journalism in Mexico

Fulano saw an interesting headline in El Mexicano, which is the largest daily newspaper in Tijuana. The headline and lead-in paragraph were:

Aumentan en EU crímenes de odio contra hispanos

Las cifras del documento estadístico denominado “Crímenes de Odio 2009”, coinciden con la preocupación de organizaciones migrantes que han denunciado la creciente ola de racismo o xenofobia contra la comunidad latina en Estados Unidos.

Translated, that says:

Hate crimes against Hispanics increase in the U.S.

The statistical figures in the document entitled “Hate Crimes 2009,” match concerns with migrant organizations which have denounced the rising tide of racism or xenophobia against the U.S. Latino community.

Naturally, Fulano had to check it out. The data comes from the FBI’s Report on Hate Crimes in 2009. However, when you look at the FBI’s statistics, it is readily apparent that Hispanics have a lower incidence of hate crimes in the US than the general population. Here is a summary of the data, prepared by Fulano:

How about that. Hispanics have a lower rate of being victims of hates crimes than Jews, Black, Muslims and the general population of the US. In fact, Jews suffer over 12 times per capita more hate crimes than Hispanics and Blacks are hate crime victims over 5 times the rate for Hispanics. One might conclude that instead of Hispanics being a target of discrimination, they are some kind of a protected class in the US.

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