It came as no great surprise yesterday when a veterans’ e-mail newsletter that I receive boasted that an American believed he possessed the right to invade the private property of a Reno, Nevada tavern owned by a Mexican-American and cut down a Mexican flag flying above an American flag (pictured above).
According to WorldNetDaily.com: “After hearing a Reno bar was flying a Mexican flag above a U.S. flag, an angered U.S. Army veteran took matters into his own hands, drove to the site and cut down the banners in front of a stunned group of Hispanic patrons.”
The bigot in question identified himself as one “Jim Broussard,” according to WorldNetDaily.com (smoke weed before visiting the site).
WorldNetDaily.com quotes Broussard:
"I'm Jim Broussard, and I took this flag down in honor of my country with … a knife from the United States Army. … I'm a veteran; I'm not going to see this done to my country. If they want to fight us, then they need to be men, and they need to come and fight us. But I want somebody to fight me for this flag. They're not going to get it back. … I was immediately infuriated and felt a duty to do something about it. I feel there's a lot of this turning-our-heads-on-things in concern with the Hispanic community and the things they do. They seem impervious to our laws in a lot of situations."
Guess what Broussard, we are they.
I’ve had my dealings with the likes of racists like Jim Broussard before and they share several traits: Ignorance, hate, cowardice, and a sociopathic sense of entitlement to inflict their authoritarian, sick vision of White America rules!
My ethnic heritage is Irish-Mexican.
The Mexican part comes from my father who hails from Aurora, Illinois.
And I have been both the recipient of oral history and eyewitness experience in seeing how Mexican-Americans handle the likes of the bigoted Jim Broussard.
Put it this way, it’s direct and confrontational. And Jim Broussard and his pathetic moment of racist pride would not win the day were he to attempt to pull this crap in a Mexican bar in Aurora.
The SOB would have an even worse time in an Irish bar.
In May last year, I was privileged to attend a ceremony (covered well in the Chicago Tribune) in Aurora honoring a relative who was a pioneering Hispanic police officer and listen to his daughter who ridiculed the racists (after all we are all “spics,” as the bigots say) as the fools that all racists are.
There is a report that the Hispanic community in Reno is considering legal and political action against Broussard.
That’s a good idea. Brother Jesse and Brother Al, I think we may just need you really soon over in Reno.