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Adrian Carrasquillo
I truly think the scale of how horrified the Latino community is right now is not being understood, which is why the reporting about this moment is so important. So a quick story. I was chatting w/ a friend I met through the course of my work and she told me she had been crying.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Her husband was at the community pool and a group of white men said they thought the killing went too far but they agreed with some of the stuff the shooter stood for, like making sure whites aren’t wiped out and Hispanics take over. This was in the ruby red city of...Los Angeles
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
“I mean he openly was discussing this like it was sports talk,” she told me exasperated. “After 20 people are dead. Disgusting.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
It is incumbent upon us to include Latino and immigrant and Mexican voices in our reporting, and to have Latino reporters included in the reporting and listened to in the decision-making, and to not minimize this as business as usual.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Many reporters get to go home after talking to suffering people or writing a heavy story and everything is fine. They get to dip into this world and then quickly evacuate.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
If we want to do our best job now we have to truly listen and understand this isn’t just a sad moment that will pass, but the culmination of an anti-immigrant four decades in politics, that has only become louder, emboldened, and unchecked by American leaders.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Now Hispanic Americans have been targeted, some who are immigrants, and all who have limited political power. That’s what’s going on. And people are terrified.
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Nick Riccardi Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
So I agree w 99% of this but just want to caution that plenty of Anglo reporters don't evacuate either. I don't think we want a tradition that only one type of reporter covers one community's tragedy. (Part of that is it's not just one community's either)
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @NickRiccardi
No & that’s not what I mean. You can evacuate a story, a beat, a mindset people talking to you are in. I covered immigration for years & have felt bad recently, thinking that because of my background I understood what these people were going through but realizing I didn’t really.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @NickRiccardi
Secondly I would say what I think is important right now is amplifying Latino voices, & plenty of great reporters who know their community can do that, but affected folks I’m talking to also feel those in decision-making roles don’t understand what’s going on right now not really
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
A story I’m sharing with permission from a young Latina
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Arielle Castillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Truly the thought of this guy *traveling hours* to go to a place he knew would be full of immigrants has me really freaked out
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @ariellec
That’s what I heard from folks, too.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Obviously, I shared this all because I want folks to know what’s going on. But I would also add, the level of community, of people checking in on each other, and sharing how they’re feeling has been really incredible. People are scared but resolute things will get better.
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History is not inevitable. Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Tough times for so many. So very sorry it came to this. But, respectfully, "limited political power"? You're the nation's largest minority! Will your community vote like it?
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Another story I’m sharing with permission, from a Latina health care provider in another largely-Hispanic border city on what she should do if someone hateful targets her workplace.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @yrubored
I definitely understand your point. Currently, there is limited political power in terms of Latino representation. But you are right that there is political power to be harnessed.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
Making sure this tweet shows up in the original thread and also feel free to DM any story of how you are dealing with this moment that you would rather share anonymously and, with your permission, I will post it here.
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Vanessa Parra ✨⚡️ Aug 6
Replying to @Carrasquillo
I had to go and pick up something from a mall on Sunday but I was so afraid I had a panic attack. I told my mom that I wouldn’t be taking calls from her if I’m on the street because she doesn’t speak English. I guess it’s open season on the Latinx community in the US.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
Replying to @ParraV
That’s hard to read and I’m sorry you felt that way.
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