Rapid City SD and Farmington NM, Murder and Hate Crimes: Enough is Enough!
By Brenda Norrell
For at least the past 40 years, the torture and murder of American Indians by whites in Farmington, N.M., has been documented. Now, a mentally challenged Navajo man is again the victim of a hate crime by whites in this border town, branded with swastikas.
In South Dakota, the police brutality and hate crimes carried out by law enforcement have been documented for at least 40 years. It was the cry for justice here that led the American Indian Movement to make its stand on Pine Ridge and ultimately at Wounded Knee. Now, north of Rapid City, an Oglala Lakota youth, Christopher Capps, 22, has been shot and killed by a Pennington County Sheriff Deputy. Deputy Dave Olson shot Christopher repeatedly at close range in a field about three miles north of Rapid City.
In both cases, these are not isolated crimes. These are the pattern of the racism that is a cancer in these two border towns, a cancer made easy by the good ole boys of law enforcement, a cancer made easy by the people who look the other way and a cancer that thrives because of corrupt politicians who offer no more than empty rhetoric. It is a cancer safeguarded by the easily-silenced media in the United States, a nation that thrives on the denial of its own racism and brutality as it proclaims to be the human rights champion of the world.
It is Racism in America, nowhere more poignant than in Farmington, N.M., and Rapid City, S.D.
It is time for all people of conscience to stand up and say, “Enough is Enough!” It is time for all people to ensure that the hate crimes of whites in Farmington, New Mexico, will cease, and that the police brutality, racial profiling and murder by law enforcement in Rapid City and in every other town, field and backroad in South Dakota will be halted.
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