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Let's not be in such a hurry to leave El Paso -- it takes time to digest madness

Ruben Navarrette Jr. on

SAN DIEGO -- I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready to leave El Paso.

The rest of the media can go on ahead without me. In fact, many have already

moved on to other news -- including the tariff standoff with China, and whether

hip-hop mogul Jay-Z should be partnering with the NFL.

Not me. I'm still processing the story of the most savage assault on Mexicans and Mexican Americans since the United States looted its southern neighbor and

grabbed half its territory.

 

It takes time to digest madness. What do you call it when Mexican Americans are hunted like animals for supposedly launching an "invasion" of a city on the U.S.-Mexico border that has a Spanish name, whose population is 80% Latino, mainly Mexican and Mexican American, and which used to be part of Mexico?

There is more that needs saying. And I've said a lot. For newspapers, magazines, and news sites, I've written nearly 7,000 words on this tragedy. I've worked through sorrow, rage, confusion, rage and fear. Did I mention rage?

Besides, what's the rush to pack up our notepads? It's disrespectful.

We've just finished burying the last of the 22 people who were, on Aug. 3, murdered for the crime of shopping while Mexican. Two dozen others are still healing from wounds they suffered for committing the same infraction.

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