Prof: Hate Crimes Against Migrants Masquerade as Reader Comments

Joe Schaeffer, Newsmax, July 15, 2014

A University of Arizona professor says reader commenters of newspaper articles and letters-to-the-editor writers are using a posture of opposing illegal immigration to promote violence against people of Mexican ancestry, and are thus committing hate crimes.

In a provocative column headlined “Newspaper Comment Sections Become Cordoned-Off Hate Crime Scenes,” which appeared on the progressive website Truthout, Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, an assistant professor of Mexican American Studies at the state university in Tucson, equates reader reaction to the border crisis currently dominating the news with infamous Ku Klux Klan actions of the past.

“Hate-crime scenes are dehumanizing places of revulsion. They shock the conscience and psyche of entire communities and leave searing memories,” Rodriguez writes.

“One normally associates hate crimes with cross burnings and lynchings or something equally heinous; however, the shocking and unexpected new locations for hate crime scenes in the 21st century appear to be the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers, where calls to violence have also become routine.”

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“In Arizona, exposure to constant hate is a daily occurrence in the letters to the editor or comments section of media,” he writes. “Within these contexts, communities are subjected to vicious anti-Mexican and anti-immigrant hate disguised as discourse against ‘illegals,’ or ‘illegal aliens.’ This hate can be found in not just the daily newspapers, but also in most of the mainstream media and their websites and, of course, right-wing talk radio.”

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In an October 2013 radio interview on the Generation Justice website,  Rodriguez pointed to what he does not believe is a crime: unauthorized entry into the U.S.

“The vast majority [of undocumented immigrants] are not criminals. They confuse being a migrant with being a criminal,” Rodriguez says in the interview.

“[T]hese are people not being charged with violence. They’re not being charged with drug running. None of that. The crime is simply entry and re-entry.”

The bio for the professor on the University of Arizona’s website notes that his “Column of the Americas” has been syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate.

“Many of his awards have come about in the area of defense of the First Amendment,” the bio reports.

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  • MekongDelta69

    Right now, I’m posting a comment… sorry… I mean I’m committing a hate crime.

    Come and get me Rrrrroberrrrrto.

    • propagandaoftruth

      What’s wrong with hate? “Hate thine enemies” is our God Given right…

    • Didn’t you know that public participation by citizens of a democratic nation is a hate crime if a Mexican does not approve? Shame on you!

  • Truthseeker

    “Many of his awards have come about in the area of defense of the First Amendment,” the bio reports.

    I’d like to know how this guy defines “freedom of speech.”

    • TruthBeTold

      Illegal aliens shouting at American citizens.

  • Ignore this. This is just kook left linkbait.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    From the University of Arizona’s page on him:

    “For the past several years, in conjunction with UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies – where he and Patrisia Gonzales were named Distinguished Community Scholars in 2003 – he has also embarked upon collaboratively creating Indigenous Studies within the discipline of Mexican/Chicana/o Studies.”

    Wow, this guy couldn’t possibly have an ulterior motive for wanting to keep as many illegals as possible in the country, could he? [/sarc]

    P.S. Deport all illegals. I’ll keep posting this phrase online until it happens, whether this guy likes it or not.

    • MBlanc46

      Good old Chicana/o studies. I don’t imagine that academics realize how ridiculous they sound with this sort of thing.

  • TruthBeTold

    Rodriguez pointed to what he does not believe is a crime: unauthorized entry into the U.S.

    Unauthorized entry into the US is a crime. Maybe English is his second language.

    • DonReynolds

      Crimes are defined by the law. Not even Obama has lawful authority to alter or abolish the law. Rodriguez needs to go to a place where everyone can make up their own version of the law. In the USA, it does not work that way.

  • LHathaway

    If there were a charge of Crime against Truth the professor would be guilty of it.

  • JohnEngelman

    There should never be any restrictions against propagating facts. Opinions should never be regarded as crimes.

    • LHathaway

      Don’t worry John, it is only a crime expressing opinions if you are white. You’ve got nothing to worry about. haha

      • JohnEngelman

        I am light, white, and ultra bright.

        • LHathaway

          They will come for all of us, eventually, won’t they?

  • Gray Shambler

    Those GUATAMALANS will kill him for calling them Mexicans.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Mestizos commit “hate” crimes against whites simply by invading and colonizing the US.

  • dd121

    Mr Rodregez, we still have a little freedom speech left here in the USA. Tell your buddies floating across the Rio Grande that some of us consider their invasion a “Hate Crime” against our civilization. Even though our “Coyote in Chief” encourages this, many of us oppose our displacement.

  • richard garyson

    You know the left is getting scared of the rising tide of resentment towards these invaders. Constant exposure to such hypocrisy only serves to make such guilt and shaming tactics less effective. Stay strong; our side will win.

  • Luca

    More phony baloney from the liberal leftists. The professor knows darn well most illegals are illiterate in both languages.

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      How you can you offend those who cannot read? Good one!

    • Even most of the “literate” ones read “fotonovelas” (comic books) and not newspapers.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    So breaking an actual law (illegal entry into the U.S.) is not a crime, but a white person airing their frustration about it is a crime? Thanks for summing up the Progressive worldview in a nutshell, Prof. Rodriguez. I’m not sure why anyone would take you seriously.

    • Oh, but they do because they have the same goals as this squat-monster professor – namely, to destroy white America and to erase our history and accomplishments from this land.

    • HE2

      I could not, no, would not, read past the second paragraph.
      The man is not only ignorant, he is delusional.
      It is still a CRIME to illegally push into this country.
      And, the border jumpers are not Mexicans, they are primitive, illiterate Central American Indians who are illiterate even in “Mexican” [bastardized Spanish].

  • Greg Thomas

    We are being invaded…we have a right to “hate!”

  • propagandaoftruth

    A University of Arizona professor says reader commenters of newspaper articles and letters-to-the-editor writers are using a posture of opposing illegal immigration to promote violence against people of Mexican ancestry, and are thus committing hate crimes.

    ——————-

    Pfff! Well, judging on the volume of the hate crime posts, Mr. Roberto Cintli Rodriguez…

    I understand why you want to shut us up you treacherous fifth column legal alien…

    Roberto Cintli Rodriguez is the hate crime.
    Wonder what he looks like?

    • DonReynolds

      He looks like what he is.

      • Nancy

        Hey! Isn’t that the guy who mows my lawn?

        • bilderbuster

          You need to either pay an American an honest wage to mow your lawn or start pushing the lawn mower yourself!

    • He looks more like a landscaping worker than a university professor.

    • me

      Looks like a typical communist/leftist idiot pendeho.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if so-called ‘racist’ ‘comments’ on on-line newspapers will be illegal and criminal prosecuted.

    Our Leftist overlords are doing their best to squash the outcry and common-sense comments of ‘the little people.’ It’s so obvious what our nation has become and what awaits us in the near future.

    • DonReynolds

      If there are any “racist” comments in the newspapers, that must be considered real progress. For decades, newspapers would refuse to print anything that remotely mentioned “race”. Our side must be gaining access to the public discussion.

  • david dorian

    Translation: Agree with me or violence against you is justified.

    The man is a contemptible parasite.

    BTW ‘professor’, breaking and entering is a crime. LEt’s try it at your house.

    • We could be his “undocumented family members” while we eat all his food and drink all his booze.

      • DonReynolds

        does he have a cute wife or daughter? We should not stop short of playing out the full role.

        • I could never do that.

          • DonReynolds

            I know that…..just pointing out what all is normal and expected of “undocumented family members” in this country….

            and then kill one of his kids…..but if he complains, we can call him a racist bigot.

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    If you see me in prison, say hi.

  • Michigan Patriot

    What about all the crime and drunk driving victims of illegal invaders ? How many were killed or disabled ? Why is that not a hate crime against Original-Americans ;ooopps, the racial double standard in place. What about all the social services consumed by these alien invaders and robbing mostly White tax payers of their now reduced net income ? No hate crime there ? See racial double standard again !

  • Michigan Patriot

    P.S. These recent Mexican alien invaders have made a very minor holiday in Mexico ( Cinque de Mayo ) a big holiday in America. That holiday celebrates the overthrow and removal of French colonizing government leaders who forced their way into Mexico without the o.k. of the Mexican people, just like their peasants invading our country the last 80 years but this invasion is o.k. by these Mexican hypocrites.

    • DonReynolds

      Stinko de Mayo.

      • Michigan Patriot

        Right on or is it ” left on ” ! ?

        • DonReynolds

          Ha Ha……”right arm”?

      • awb

        Drinko de mayo!

        • bilderbuster

          It should be May first and be called Pinko de Mexo.

  • journey

    “They shock the conscience and psyche of entire communities and leave searing memories,” Rodriguez writes.” Really, even more so than the chopping off heads, rampant violent murders in Mexico? The guy has gotten too soft living in this country.

    • “They shock the conscience and psyche of entire communities and leave sering memories.”

      Let’s hope these sissies are traumatized enough to pack up and leave.

  • IstvanIN

    An American in America should be able to say what ever he wants about foreigners and foreign countries. If the foreigner doesn’t like it he can go home. The screen door swings both ways.

  • RHG

    This is what hispanic imperialists have in mind for whitey, speak up and protest about the insanity of uncontrolled immigration coming in from Mexico and Latin America and they want you charged with a “hate crime” and shipped off to the gulag I am sure they are hoping will become part of the future American landscape.

    • DonReynolds

      That would be AFTER the fight, not before.

  • MBlanc46

    Sounds like the sort of hate-mongering Mexican academics that bigone4u talks about.

  • Adolf Verloc

    No doubt Rodriguez is upset that Arizona’s restrictions on Mexican-American studies has limited the market for his program’s graduates. Perhaps the ceremony for new graduates of ethnic studies programs could include swapping the mortarboard for a paper hat and chanting with proper enunciation: “Do you want fries with that?”

  • r j p

    “In Arizona, exposure to constant hate is a daily occurrence in the letters to the editor or comments section of media,” he writes.

    Bull.

    I was down there for 20 days. The Arizona Republic is nothing but a rebranded USAToday.

    • bilderbuster

      You’re not kidding.
      I lived in Tucson for five years during the McCain/Napolitano years not too far from where this burrito puke gets paid to indoctrinate students and nothing gets past the censors there.

  • kenfrombayside

    If you are silent and do nothing about the Latinization of America, you are part of the problem. Everyone who is outraged by the illegal and LEGAL of useless turd world people has to make their opposition known. You can’t leave it to the next person

    —————————————————————————————

    Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.

  • Just like the SPLC, which once upon a time was just your general solidly liberal law firm taking up various liberal causes, but changed format to all Klan all the time when Morris Dees became aware that the money really poured in when the SPLC took up legal matters that had it on the other side of the courtroom as the “Klan,” various formerly very readable and thoughtful center-left publications (yes, The Atlantic, I’m looking at you), have turned into a 24/7 conga line of paranoid clickbait and linkbait peddling hatred and contempt of white people, because they too have discovered that articles like, “John Kenneth Galbraith’s influence on American economic policy in the second half of the 20th century,” got hardly any hits, yet trope like “Why your yoga class is still hideously white,” really raked in the hits, and of course websites need hits to impress advertisers, who are purely into CPI/CPM.

    I started noticing this at the beginning of last year, when 2A is the hot issue. Some no-name columnist for some no-name publication would write an article like, “Everyone in the NRA should be impounded at Guantanamo Bay.” Duh Sherlock, there’s your clue, a columnist I’ve never heard of writing for a publication I’ve never heard of, all of it was trying to drive traffic to this low traffic low rent website. At the time, I thought I was clever in coining a phrase for this sort of thing: Shock Value Nut Talk. When really, SVNT and clickbait/linkbait are more or less the same thing.

    We need to do a lot better job of recognizing SVNT/clickbait/linkbait when it’s coming at us, then step aside and ignoring it. Then maybe it will go away.

  • Got to love it. You can invade a nation, but any talk of defending that nation is to “promote violence.” The Left, really coming out of the Middle East and drawing its shock troops from the Third World, absolutely hates the Western idea of free speech.

  • Pat Kittle

    This creep is a prime example of what we get when we dumb down our schools.

    BTW, Roberto, stop hating me.

    • I don’t mind this piece of debris hating me; far better that than having it like me. The real reason this thing hates us is because we object to being forced to pay for “free” stuff for criminal, invading colonizers, as Rodriguez demands we do.

  • gregCall

    “Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, an assistant professor of Mexican American Studies”
    Not only is his specialty not a legitimate subject but could in many ways be equated with the KKK much more than moderated comments seen in comment sections.

    “The vast majority [of undocumented immigrants] are not criminals.
    They confuse being a migrant with being a criminal,” Rodriguez says in
    the interview.
    “[T]hese are people not being charged with violence”
    So I take it in this “learned” asst. professors world view only violent acts are “crimes” and simple theft is not.

  • model1911

    I will add to the ‘hate’. Go fornicate yourself, ‘professor”.

  • blackjack322

    And? They don’t can’t do nothing about it. Freedom of speech mother f*ckerssssss!

  • Joe Carpenter

    It does not matter where this was written, or what the name of the perpetrator is, whether it’s Rodriguez or Holder or Clinton or whatever. It is the message of anti-White genocide and it speaks ever more boldly and clearly now. I wonder how long the White people will be silent in the face of these provocations.

  • Waldemar Daninsky

    They have a Mexican American Studies program. Groovy. I am sure it is quite useful. The english lit department at the university that I attended in MS had a Women’s Studies program, and a tenure track affirmative action Prof who taught only African American Lit courses. No Faulkner or Twain specialist, though.

  • I was not aware that we needed greaseritos to dictate what behavior from us is acceptable in our own country.

  • Spikeygrrl

    What part of “commiting an illegal act is a crime” doesn’t the learned professor understand?

  • DonReynolds

    No, bud…..you are very perceptive today….

    That is exactly how it works. Force the media into the corner and make them ADMIT the truth, no matter how much it gags them to speak it.

    When alternative media provides the truth, the MSM must either admit it or lose credibility with the public.