Covering Mollie's Murder, WaPo Cries That Town's Immigrants Don't Do Quinceañeras


After the murder of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts, allegedly by an illegal immigrant, it is sensible to mourn the tragic death and have a separate conversation about issues relating to immigration and security, but The Washington Post decided to report about the town’s lack of quinceañeras instead.

In poor taste, The Post decided to use the tragic death of Tibbetts to stir up sympathy for Brooklyn, Iowa’s small Hispanic community, of which her alleged killer, Cristhian Rivera, was a member.

A family is grieving over the senseless death of their loved one, but The Post found it important to remind us of the troubles facing Brooklyn’s few dozen Hispanic residents. The Hispanic community of the small Iowa town is only 2.3 percent, according to The Post. In fact, Brooklyn’s total population is only about 1,400.

“Language barriers create some separation, and there are cultural disconnects: In Mexico, quinceañeras are a community affair,” The Post complained. “Here, they are not.”

How tragic that these people have to deal with a language barrier and the lack of quinceañeras after coming to America, a country with countless opportunities and immense wealth.

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The Post also reported that the Hispanics in Brooklyn live in fear of ICE.

“Rumors circulated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials planned to raid Brooklyn, and fearful families weighed whether to stay or go,” The Post claimed.

Of course, unless they are illegal immigrants like Tibbetts’ alleged killer, they have nothing to worry about.

The Post also showcased Rivera’s uncle, Eustaquio “Capi” Bahena Radilla, who lives in fear as well, according to The Post, which claimed that he thinks people are “whispering about him.”

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“Even if he spent more time in town, he wouldn’t know if neighbors were whispering about him — he doesn’t speak English,” The Post claimed.

There is, of course, an answer for that, too: There are plenty of resources available to people in America who wish to learn English.

The Post also claimed that some residents were uncomfortable with renewed calls for border security in the wake of the murder. Adela Fragoso, a permanent U.S. resident who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child,

“Some of her friends on Facebook were making disparaging remarks about undocumented immigrants. One man, whom she has seen at nearby Mexican restaurants, wrote after Rivera’s arrest: ‘This is why we need a (expletive) wall.'”

Thankfully, The Post spared the Facebook user from accusations of racism.

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According to Breitbart, this kind of material is not new for The Post.

“The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post has published such pieces before. Take an op-ed published in the Post last year where Muslim Americans are described as being the victims of post-September 11 American society,” Breitbart reported.

While immigrants in Brooklyn may not see as many quinceañeras in America, The Washington Post can take solace in the opportunity offered them simply by living in our great country and join the rest of us in mourning the tragic death of Mollie Tibbetts.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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