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Hate Crime: Black Male Arrested for Swastika Graffiti in New Hampshire

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A 19-year-old black male turned himself in over the weekend after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted in a public park in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Jamal Gray was wanted for “his alleged involvement with multiple criminal mischiefs involving swastikas during the weekend of October 26, 2018,” according to a statement by the Manchester police.

Over the weekend, he turned himself in in connection with the incidents, which occurred in late October.

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“Manchester police had issued a warrant for 19-year-old Jamal Gray, of Manchester. They said Gray turned himself in to police headquarters on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer,” according to Newburyport News. 

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“Police said at Wagner Park, trash cans were overturned and random lines of spray paint were in several areas, including a painted swastika on the floor of the gazebo,” according to the report.

The mainstream press consistently blames President Donald J. Trump for an uptick of allegedly racist hate crimes against minority groups in America. If a white man had turned himself in for the same crimes as Gray, it would surely be national news. Alas, this story does not fit the narrative that the press is trying to convey due to the color of the skin of the perpetrator, so it will probably get very little coverage.

When will the corporate media decide that all hate should be denounced, regardless of who is promulgating it?

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City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”

There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.

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The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”

“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.

Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.

The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.

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Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”

Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.

Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:

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