Ah, Staten Island. My hometown. The forgotten borough of New York City, in my youth is was the one place you could live a suburban lifestyle and still be a resident of the city.
A strange place. A place I was proud to call home when I grew up, since it automatically labeled me an outsider, a tag I enjoyed (and still enjoy - being a right-wing nut in New York almost guarantees social isolation). Other than feeding my teenage angst, though...
How would I describe the Island? Hmmm....
Insular? Check. Racist? Check? Anti-Semitic? Check. Bitter (at higher taxes than services, forced integration, and liberal policies being jammed down their throats)? Oh, check.
So that's why this story didn't surprise me:
Police are investigating another assault on a Hispanic man in Staten Island as a possible hate crime -- and the Mexican government is now getting involved as well.
Five men attacked the 40-year-old Mexican man Friday night as he was walking home after a soccer game at Faber Park, cop said. The attackers allegedly pummeled him while yelling anti-Mexican epithets. The man suffered head trauma, a fractured jaw and needed ten stitches above his eye, officials said.
The group of men made off with his backpack.
This is at least the sixth violent, ethnically-charged incident that has taken place in the neighborhood since April.....The latest victim is a construction worker who has called the United States his home for the last five years...
No surprise. I took some serious beat-downs for having the temerity to be a Jew (and somehow, I survived, without hate crime laws and the entire edifice of the PC community. Amazing, I suppose). The insular hatreds that defined Staten Island in the 70's/80's is still intact. But this part is the kicker:
According to the [Staten Island]Advance, this latest incident has promoted the Mexican Consulate to post personnel in Staten Island until further notice. This move is an effort to safeguard the rights of individuals and effectively assist and provide information to the Mexican residents of this area.
Whoa, Nellie! Mexican officials are now patrolling Staten Island in order to protect Mexicans who are in the United States illegally? (and yes, I am assuming the poor bastard above was an illegal, since no mention of his citizenship status amounts to a de facto declaration of its absence). It's mind-boggling, and for so many different reasons:
-shouldn't the Mexican government be worried about protecting Mexican citizens in Mexico from a drug war that has almost entirely eroded law and order and killed some 25,000 people?
-why does Mexico - including its drug lords, its citizens, and its drug gangs - feel their jurisdiction extends throughout the United States? Maybe it has something to do with a government that is refusing to enforce its own immigration laws?
-and speaking of which, in order to maintain some consistency, shouldn't Obama sue Mexico for interfering with the federal government's duties and responsibilities regarding illegal immigration - just like the way he is suing Arizona?
While the attack is horrific, both the media and the Mexicans are overstepping their bounds - the media, by deliberately hiding the man's immigration status in order to create a sympathetic story, and the Mexicans, by draining any actually sympathy Americans may have for them by trying to claim jurisdiction over their nation.
Not to mention collateral damage done to Barack Obama and the Democrats, who are seen as supporting this type of Mexico-first policy.
Why do I think this is about to be a Mexican standoff, with all liberal parties about to open fire into each other's faces? Let's see how this plays out - it should be amusing, like any slapstick comedy...