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as you read about the trial of Brisenia Flores’s murderers…

radicallyhottoff:

Please note how rarely MSM is calling her murderers white supremacists and how rarely the organization they are a part of is called a hate group. Notice how key phrases like “hotly contested issue” keep coming up as code words for “white supremacist violence.” Notice how the Minutemen are never called a terrorist organization.

Notice how Brisenia is always mentioned in context of the little white girl shot during the Giffords shooting—as if Brisenia only became important and a tragedy *after* a white girl was killed. As if the only thing that could help us to understand the tragedy of Brisenia is first understanding a tragedy through a lens of whiteness.

Remember that Brisenia was killed first. And that she was specifically murdered because of the color of her skin. What happened to Brisenia was an act of white supremacist violence.

White supremacy is gendered male—and sees brown children as “anchors” and brown girl children as the next generation of resource drainers. Race IS gender. Citizenship IS gender. Border crossing is a direct threat to white supremacy. This is the truth we miss unless we teach other how to find it. 

Class, race, gender. In violence like this, it’s all intertwined. Brisenia and her father deserve their own justice outside the context of another murder. They got it yesterday.

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There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making  headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the  media will bother to cover it.
The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border  with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May  30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,”  which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take  their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”.  They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based  on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by  claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him  point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife,  Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot  Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was  sleeping over at a friend’s.)
(via CrooksandLiars)

There’s another infamous shooting of a nine-year-old girl that is making headlines this week in Tucson. This time, we wonder if the rest of the media will bother to cover it.

The little girl’s name was Brisenia Flores. She lived near the border with her parents and sister outside the town of Arivaca, Arizona. On May 30 of 2009, a woman named Shawna Forde, who led an offshoot unit of Minutemen who ran armed border patrols for patriotic “fun”. Forde’s gang had decided to go “operational,” which meant they concocted a scheme to raid drug smugglers and take their money and drugs and use it to finance a border race war and “start a revolution against the government”. They targeted the Flores home, which had neither money nor drugs, based on dubious information. They convinced Flores to let them in by claiming to be law-enforcement officers seeking fugitives, then shot him point-blank in the head when he questioned them and wounded his wife, Gina Gonzalez. And then, while she pleaded for her life, they shot Brisenia in cold blood in the head. (Her sister, fortunately, was sleeping over at a friend’s.)

(via CrooksandLiars)

(Source: onceuponanotsolongtimeago, via corruptpolitics-deactivated2011)

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