Heh, no, not about his past or why he shouldn't quit his day job. The thought was more general, of libertarian-types like him who seem to subconsciously operate under the assumption that when poor Hispanic immigrants settle in the US they are replacing urban blacks.
The picture elucidates that psychology. Those guys don't look like the types my dad would want my sister to bring home, but they don't exactly make my hair stand on end, either.
Several of them are lard tubs, bringing to mind gourmands who live with their mothers and hang out with Amerind girls sporting tight jeans and aesthetically revolting muffin tops. They are dressed in clothes that are too big for them (which means the jerseys must be XXXXXXXLs), speak Spanglish (beginning most sentences with a drawn out "damn"), and act like true gang-banging BAMFs--on GTA3, that is. The Luigi mustaches and knee-high socks increase the silliness factor even more.
Instead of thinking Tookie, I'm thinking Lil Homies. I think you had to fight some of these characters in Earthbound.
In fact, these Lil Homies provide a great illustration of the cuddly-bear image Mangan's gangstas bring to my mind:
Better my sister show up with one of those goofballs than with 50 Cent, and if occasionally one of the goofball's homies knocks off one of 50's entourage, all the better.
I'm having a little fun, I know. But I wouldn't balk at getting in the ring with any of those guys, while Tookie in his prime would've made me soil myself and, if running like hell didn't work, pray for some yet-undiagnosed "Homer Simpson syndrome" of my own.
Compare Mangan's Surenos (though they don't look very southern to me) to a couple run-of-the-mill shots of some Crips:
I've spent an absurd amount of time around young black guys for being a white boy raised in the suburbs, and have had little contact with Hispanic hoodlums, but if I didn't know any of them, I'd rather stumble across Mangan's crew than those Bloods.
Of course the libertarian 'logic' mentioned early is fallacious. This isn't Greece in the 1920s. We're not talking about a population swap, but a population accretion. Underclass Hispanics add to the mix, and to the extent that they do assimilate, they assimilate towards black norms.
And it doesn't take much athletic prowess to unload from a car window on a guy standing twenty feet away on the sidewalk. I try to refrain from highlighting anecdotes and case studies as indicators of broader trends unless some important point is succinctly illustrated in doing so. But the murder of Jamiel Shaw (although at this point the motivation doesn't appear to be racial) draws attention to the 'ethnic cleansing' that is occuring in places like LA:
A south Los Angeles Latino street gang targeted African-American gang rivals and other blacks in a campaign of neighborhood "cleansing," federal prosecutors say. Alleged leaders and foot soldiers in the Hispanic gang Florencia 13, also called F13, are being arraigned this week on charges stemming from a pair of federal indictments that allege that the gang kept a tight grip on its turf by shooting members of a rival gang—and sometimes random black civilians. The "most disturbing aspect" of the federal charges was that "innocent citizens … ended up being shot simply because of the color of their skin," U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien told reporters in announcing the indictments.Shaw was a black kid in the wrong place at the wrong time:
The parents of Jamiel Shaw Jr., a high school football star who was gunned down by a reputed gang member just blocks from his home, urged Los Angeles city leaders today to go after criminals who are in the country illegally.I'd love to see the WSJ op/ed board tackle this one. Perhaps they could decry Jamiel's father as a (black) nativist, a member of the 'vocal minority' that is up-in-arms over poor interior enforcement. Maybe they'll put a broken-home spin on it. Jamiel hadn't been living with his mother (although his parents are married). She was too busy fighting for the neocon cause over in Iraq at the time of her son's death!
Pedro Espinoza, 19, allegedly shot and killed the 17-year-old Los Angeles High School student on March 2 in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue, not far from the Shaw family’s Arlington Heights home. According to police, the shooting occurred one day after Espinoza was released from county jail, where he was serving time for assault with a deadly weapon.
U.S. immigration officials believe Espinoza, a member of the 18th Street gang, may have been in the country illegally.
Another aspect of the Shaw story deserves some attention:
Pedro was reported as being “uncooperative” when employees of the state attempted to ascertain exactly where he was born, claiming that he didn’t know where he was born or where his family was.Trying to decipher how much criminal activity is perpetrated by illegal immigrants is murky business. I've given it some thought, in light of ICE's announcement that there will be stepped up deportations of criminal aliens going forward, initially totalling 200,000 per year, but now said to reach upwards of 450,000 removals annually.
Pedro Espinoza served four months and walked out of jail, despite the fact that the day after his arrest, authorities had contacted a relative of Pedro’s who claimed that Mr. Espinoza had been smuggled into the United States illegally when he was 4 years old.
A study by Ruben Rumbaut, popular among open border enthusiasts like Linda Chavez, claiming that the foreign-born are less criminally-prone than natives are didn't mesh with ICE's first announcement, and it certainly doesn't with the most recent one. Extrapolating from Rumbaut's estimates, we get about 100,000 total foreign-born prisoners in state or federal prisons. Since local jails hold about one-third of the nation's total prison population, we arrive at a ballpark estimate of 150,000 foreign-born prisoners (including legal residents) throughout the entire country. Yet ICE is going to deport as many as 450,000 of them!
Cases like Espinoza's are likely part of the reason for the discrepancies. The federal government, in its insouciance, assumed he was a US citizen, and presumably Rumbaut would have as well when conducting his study. Espinoza would have no reason to say otherwise. The pickings aren't as good down south, and unlike California, where whiterpeople fight with other whiterpeople to give a thug as much license to roam the streets as they can while his record builds, people at home will be weary of you, as this lugubrious NPR story explains:
El Salvador's rampant, gang-fueled crime is one of his biggest worries. Some of those gangbangers were kicked out of the United States, which is why Giron never tells people that he was deported.Had ICE known he was from Mexico, he'd have been deported after being released from jail (for assault with a deadly weapon) the day before he gunned down Jamiel.
"They think you're a criminal or a serious killer," he says. "And they don't trust you."
Under the terms of his deportation, it will be years before Giron can even apply to re-enter the United States. By that time, it's hard to say where he will feel he belongs.