"Diversity" in Utah is no longer the exclusive privilege of the northern part of the Salt Lake Valley - it's now spreading to parts of Davis and Weber Counties, just north of Salt Lake. Specifically, the communities of Layton, Kaysville, Syracuse, Pleasant View, Ogden and North Ogden have been targeted.
And how have they been targeted? Not with more "cultural centers" or new "ethnic restaraunts", but with graffiti. A report published August 25th, 2007 in the Deseret Morning News discusses 52 incidents of graffiti in the six cities named above since December 2006.
Police believe they've identified 17 people responsible. "It was a high priority for us, and we put in a lot of work to clean these up," said Greg Krusi, an assistant chief of police. "That's quite something when you can clean up that many graffiti cases because, usually, they're hard to prove. It only takes seconds to paint them and take off."
Krusi further stated that those responsible for the graffiti are from five gangs: Nortenos, Surenos, Brown Society, Colonial Chiques and AWC (All Wanted Criminals). With the possible exception of the AWC, I think the names of the other gangs take the guesswork out of determining who's responsible. Only Hispanics would be involved with gangs bearing Hispanic names.
Police claim that so far, the vandalism is limited to defining gang territories, with no associated violence. In their investigation, police have further determined that the Clearfield-Syracuse-Layton area is a "Norteno" area, while the Ogden-North Ogden-Pleasant View area is considered "Sureno" country. The Brown Society, the Colonial Chiques, and AWC are believed to have affiliations to the other two more prominent gangs, but the precise nature of those ties remain murky.
The constant back-and-forth competition for visibility has frustrated cleanup efforts, since every time graffiti goes up, if it is not immediately removed, a gangbanger from a different set will come along and add his own graffiti.
Most of the Hispanic youth getting involved in this activity are actually second and third-generation residents, exacerbated by a continuing flux of illegal aliens. An article posted on Free Republic back in 2004 describes and defines this problem:
The constant invasion of illegal aliens is worsening gang violence as well. In Phoenix, Arizona, and surrounding Maricopa County, illegal alien gangs, such as Brown Pride and Wetback Power, are growing more volatile and dangerous, according to Tom Bearup, a former sheriff’s department official and current candidate for sheriff. Even in prison, where they clash with American Hispanics, they are creating a more vicious environment.
Upward mobility to the suburbs doesn’t necessarily break the allure of gang culture. An immigration agent reports that in the middle-class suburbs of southwest Miami, second- and third-generation Hispanic youths are perpetrating home invasions, robberies, battery, drug sales, and rape. Kevin Ruiz knows students at the University of California, Irvine who retain their gang connections. Prosecutors in formerly crime-free Ventura County, California, sought an injunction this May against the Colonia Chiques gang after homicides rocketed up; an affidavit supporting the injunction details how Chiques members terrorize the local hospital whenever one of the gang arrives with a gunshot wound. Federal law enforcement officials in Virginia are tracking with alarm the spread of gang violence from Northern Virginia west into the Shenandoah Valley and south toward Charlottesville, a trend so disturbing that they secured federal funds this May to stanch the mayhem. “This is beyond a regional problem. It is, in fact, a national problem,” said FBI assistant director Michael Mason, head of the bureau’s Washington field office.
Open-borders apologists dismiss the Hispanic crime threat by observing that black crime rates are even higher. True, but irrelevant: the black population is not growing, whereas Hispanic immigration is reaching virtually every part of the country, sometimes radically changing local demographics. With a felony arrest rate up to triple that of whites, Hispanics can dramatically raise community crime levels.
The last sentence exposes another difficulty - many jurisdictions don't track Hispanic crime separately. The official 2005 Crime In Utah Report recognizes only four races - white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native. Hispanics are considered an "ethnicity", and they are folded in to whatever race they claim to be (Hispanics can be of any race). However, some have attempted to quantify Hispanic crime more precisely. Jared Taylor, the publisher of American Renaissance magazine, also published a research report entitled "Hispanics: A Statistical Portrait", which the reader may find useful and informative. Here's a pertinent snippet:
In a disturbing sign for the future, Figure 9 at left shows young Hispanics are no less than 19 times more likely than whites of the same ages to be members of youth gangs (blacks are 15 times more likely). Perhaps this explains why Hispanic high school students are three times more likely than whites to feel unsafe at school or on the way to and from school. This is a higher rate than for blacks, who feel unsafe at 2.7 times the white rate. MS-13, the largest and most notorious Hispanic gang has an estimated 10,000 members and recruits heavily among young men.
The Free Republic article also provides some insight into Hispanic family structure. Hispanic familes are not as atomized as black families; more Hispanic families are headed by two parents. However, many Hispanic parents generate four, five, or six kids, then, in order to cope, will tend to let the older kids run free without supervision. Consequently the older kids can become more easily influenced by gang members. If they attend a predominantly non-white school, particularly one that has a significant number of black students, the pressure to hook up can become almost overwhelming, and can even become a matter of physical survival. This is more a problem in the nation's big multicultural cesspools like Los Angeles than it is in Utah, but it's beginning to take root in the Beehive State and now is the time to deal with it.
And one of the obvious long-term solutions is to get parents more involved and ensure they are aware of society's expectations, both legally and culturally. Unfortunately, the "thug-huggers", who see a silver lining in every cloud no matter how dark the cloud, believe the solution is to throw more money, more programs, and more "midnight basketball" at the problem. All positive, no negative, and no balance.
People need a proper balance between positive and negative incentives to progress. Yes, let's identify and resolve any major recreational outlet deficiencies on those rare occasions we find them. But fear is also a legitimate incentive - these thugs need to learn to fear society more than the gang. Why are law enforcement removing the graffiti and not getting the gangbangers to do it themselves?
It's time for a radical approach. We must pass legislation outlawing the street gang as a criminal enterprise. The RICO statutes used against organized crime provide a sound model from which to proceed. That way, any time graffiti appear, police round up all known associates of that particular gang, transport them to the site, and give them a choice - either bust your knuckles cleaning up the graffiti right then and there, or go to jail and be charged with a RICO violation. Most of them would probably agree to remove the graffiti in order to avoid being tagged with a felony collar.
I realize collective punishment is un-American and ought to be avoided. But the problem of gang activity is too pervasive, too persistent, and spreading too far to be ignored. The right to peaceful assembly presupposes its peacefulness and lawfulness - we have no obligation to tolerate criminality or public disorder. Since gangs work so much on peer pressure, let's try it in reverse and see if it works (assuming we can keep some pantywaist judge from interfering).
Of course, that merely addresses the symptoms. The disease is mass immigration - we allow too many people in this country, and too many of the wrong type. We need to hold elected officials accountable for their failure to control our borders. Yet the people of Utah's 3rd Congressional District responded by returning a notorious open-borders advocate, Chris Cannon, to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. This rewards bad behavior. The answer is to identify and support candidates who will control our borders. There are only four Presidential candidates who have declared interest in controlling our borders - Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Duncan Hunter, in descending order of commitment. Pick one of them and support him. Do NOT support candidates who support amnesty for illegals or open borders.