Recently the question has again surfaced: "Do we live in a post-racial America?" Simply put, race is a factor in the growing economic inequalities we have in this country, and we can no longer afford to sweep this issue under the rug. With recent occurrences such as the Ferguson or Mike Brown’s case, I as a female minority in present day America feel very unsafe.
While there have been many cases that have caused great riots and movements such as the ones mentioned above and cases such as the Trayvon Martin case, there are many that go unnoticed. Most cases that make the news and cause great controversy tend to be a African-Americans being convicted of felonies, murders, and in general, just crimes or being victims of such. As a Hispanic female, it discomforts me to see such cases being publicized while there are only few Hispanic occurrences being brought to light.
In America, Latinos are increasingly represented in the professional class, but they continue to face significant racism. Of course anyone can tell you at least one fact about Trayvon Martin or at least recognize the name but if you mention David Vasquez, many will be negligent to the name.
David Vasquez, who had substantial cognitive limitations, pled guilty to murder. His “dream statement,” along with his lack of an alibi, convinced a jury of his guilt, and he was convicted. He served four years before DNA testing exonerated him. Alongside the groundbreaking discovery, he testified that he as well was a victim of police brutality.
In the early 21st century, there have not only been a growing number of hate crimes against Latinos but also a growing number of police misconduct cases involving Latinos. Many cases have not only involved undocumented immigrants but also Hispanic Americans and permanent legal residents. In states as diverse as Connecticut, California and Arizona, Latinos have suffered at the hands of police in egregious manners.
In March 2012, the Los Angeles Police...