The "joy" of diversity is no longer restricted to west Salt Lake or West Valley City; residents of Provo are now privileged to "enjoy" it as well. And those who visited the Towne Centre Mall late on Friday March 13th, 2009 received an unsolicited opportunity to fully partake of it. The Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News, and KSL Channel 5 (with over 250 public comments) report on the details.
The details? A reported 13 gangbangers belonging to two different gangs decided to settle their differences forcibly around 8 P.M. in the food court area. Some apparently used brass knuckles. Surprisingly, none of them used guns...for a change. Only one casualty was reported; a 17-year-old was hit in the face above his right eye with a pair of brass knuckles.
Most of them scattered when Provo Police showed up, because the cops only originally arrested one man. Juan Martinez-Godinez, 18, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation into charges of rioting with a gang enhancement, a second-degree felony. But police say they are still investigating and are attempting to identify other suspects. Here's a comment posted to the Tribune story which describes the area surrounding the Towne Centre Mall:
American-man: 3/15/2009 9:46:00 AM
I guess you people haven't been to the Provo mall much. If it wasn't for the few BYU students, you would think it was Mexico. The housing south of BYU and north of the mall is low income housing. Houses built around the 1920's to 1930's. The people living in these houses are mostly hispanic. So southern Provo has the best kind of people around. I don't like going to the mall anymore, on Sunday your lucky to find a few white people in the whole mall. I feel like a minority in my own country. The little gang bangers look at you like "what are you doing in my mall". Wish ICE would go bust their parents and send them back to the big Toilet known as Mexico.
And a comment from the KSL story, describing the ethnicity of the gangbangers in Provo:
Couple of things
by Billy_Jack @ 2:15pm - Sat Mar 14th, 2009
9 out of 10 times a Latino is involved in this sort of behavior around here with the Pacific Islanders and Straight Edgers coming in a distant 2nd and 3rd. Two is that Madoff was not part of a "gang" but true he is scum also. You have some valid points but these people should not be here illegally and if you really want to change things then go back to Mexico and clean it up from the gangs and violence along with corrupt law enforcement. The good citizens of Mexico stood by doing nothing while evil crept in and ruined that once proud nation, we will not let the same thing happen here.
Update: On March 16th, KSL reports that another Hispanic gangbanger, Luis Cristobal, has been arrested in association with the incident. KTVX reveals tha he has been charged with assault, rioting, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He had just completed a previous jail sentence on Wednesday March 11th.
The race of the other participants has yet to be identified, possibly because this type of behavior is clearly intolerable regardless of the race of the perps. But it is well-known that street gang members along the Wasatch Front are predominantly Hispanic and Pacific Islander, with an anecdotal sprinkling of other races thrown in. There is some evidence of "hybridization"; some Hispanic gangs are accepting Whites. The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office provides an overview on gangs HERE. Apologists for non-White gang activity also like to highlight the presence of "white supremacist skinheads", but they're rarely, if ever in the local news except for an occasional misfit like Curtis Allgier, possibly because skinheads nationwide are redirecting their efforts towards more legitimate means of expression, such as flyer distribution. One of the reasons why the National Socialist Movement is experiencing such pronounced growth nationwide is because it provides a legal outlet for the energies of young racially-conscious Whites who crave action but who need direction.
Street gang activity continues to spread outside the core Ogden-Salt Lake area, even beyond Utah Valley. The Tooele Transcript-Bulletin published a detailed story about Tooele gang activity on March 10th. They disclose that while male gang members "fight" their way into a gang, female gang members "sex" their way in; they roll dice, and whatever number comes up, that's the number of males they must service sexually to earn their way into the gang. KSL Channel 5 also aired a March 13th story about gang activity spreading into Box Elder County, specifically the cities of Tremonton and Garland.
The Utah State Legislature wasn't exactly idle this session. Among anti-gang initiatives considered were SB0016 (Prohibited Gang Activity), SB0028 (Prohibited Activities of Gang Offenders), SB0074 (At-risk Student Provisions), and SB0118. The latter bill is particularly interesting because it attempts to hold the parents of juvenile gangbangers more responsible.
Diversity will not work if it's merely an end unto itself; it merely promotes pluralism, division, and dissension. Diversity can only work if it is a means to a greater, more flexible unity. If we intend to continue welcoming immigrants, we must assure that they assimilate, period. No exceptions, no exclusions.