As difficult it is to believe, there is still racism against Latinos and Hispanics in America. More shocking, is that the racism has risen in California, which has a Latino makeup of almost 38%. According to California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris, anti-Hispanic hate crimes have increased by 50% within the past two years. The odd thing is that in the same report, racist crimes against other minority groups have decreased.
People are saying that this recent spike in anti-Hispanic crimes is due to the anti-immigration movement. In 2010 alone, the number of anti-Hispanic crimes more than doubled that of 2009’s number of crimes – which was 81 – to become 199 Latinos being the victims of crimes. Attorney General Harris said that “[a] crime that is motivated by hate is a crime against all people.” She also said that she will “monitor and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”
California is not the only place, however, being accused of anti-Latino acts. A local pub in Boston is being sued for not serving Latino and African-American customers. The Latinos and African-Americans were asked to leave because they did not “look like the type of people” that the owner would know. The bar spokesperson denied the charges.