California, with no fanaticism immunity

Despite being a tolerant state, so-called ultras proliferate

People gather for a vigil in response to the death of a counter-demonstrator at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, outside the White House in Washington - Photo:Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS
English 19/08/2017 16:44 Inder Bugarin / Corresponsal Los Angeles, California Actualizada 04:03
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On Monday, the police searched a house on Remmet Avenue in Canoga Park, a district in the San Bernardino Valley, in Los Angeles, resulting in the arrest of Lisa Bellinaso, daughter of the owner.

City Attorney, Mike Feuer, said in a statement that the order was executed on the grounds that it was "a criminal supremacist group sanctuary " associated with the Aryan Brotherhood Neo-Nazi group active in the area.

Two days later, at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, a bronze plaque was removed from the Confederate army, the southern separatists who defended slavery during the American Civil War. The monument was there since 1925.

These events are part of the efforts made in California to avoid events similar to last week's tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Despite being one of the most tolerant of minority groups and the migrant community, California is not immune to fanaticism. In fact, the entity is the state of the United States with more intolerant groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported 917 hate groups in 2016, 25 more groups than the previous year and 79 of those groups are in California.

Only 34 days after Trump's election victory, 1,094 incidents were reported in the country and 125 occurred in California, according to the SPLC. 

The San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism estimates that at least two dozen political acts held in the state have ended in violent confrontations between white supremacists and anti-fascists in the past two years.

María Elena Durazo, Unite Here General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity, states that the best way to confront the culture of hatred and division promoted by "this white minority" is through intercultural dialogue and campaigns aimed at changing attitudes.


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