In Shadow of Jan. 8th, Don't Forget About Brisenia Flores

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Shawna Forde's trial began this week in the death of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul. There are several interesting posts this week regarding what happened in Arivaca that early morning on May 30, 2009, but seems like a good time to review a story written by Tucson Weekly contributor Tim Vanderpool, "Murder in the Desert," Jan. 14, 2009. Read Tim's story here.

Read about Gina Gonzalez, Brisenia's mother, and her testimony this week, reported in the LA Times here. However, a post yesterday on the Media Matters blog that you can read here, is a reminder that when Brisenia was murdered in 2009, the community should have reminded itself then about the dangers of violent rhetoric in national and border politics.

In the wake of the Tucson shootings earlier this month, there was a lot of talk about hateful rhetoric and violent imagery in American politics, and there was a lot of pushback when it emerged that the gunman in that case, Loughner, didn't follow mainstream politics, just some extreme crackpot theories on the Internet. But what happened to Brisenia Flores is different. She lost her life because a couple of unhinged crackpots absorbed all that "lock and load" blather in our atmosphere and actually did something about it. We should not be shocked. But we do need to figure out how to make sure that never again will the life of innocent girl end because of this political madness.

And just as we will never forget Christina Green, America needs to always remember Brisenia Flores.

Another report here in The Daily Beast reminds us that not enough attention has been given to Brisenia's death and the ideology and hate responsible for this other 9-year-old's murder:

Latinos are still waiting for similar outrage over the deaths of Brisenia Flores and her dad. “A prevalent impression by those in the Hispanic community concerned with the Shawna Forde case is that, despite the fact that an innocent child was murdered, public condemnation of this senseless act has not been forthcoming,” Salvador Ongaro, a Phoenix lawyer and member of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic bar association, said in an email to The Daily Beast.

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