By now everyone has heard the story about 9 year old Christina Taylor Green, who died along with five other people in the attempted assassination of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
President Obama mentions the born on 9-11 girl in his Tucson speech during the memorial service. Pleas for national civility followed in her name and an overflow crowd complete with the 9-11 flag waving in the breeze attended her funeral that got national television coverage..
But for 9 year old Brisenia Flores of Arivaca, AZ, there wasn’t any overflow crowd at her funeral. There was no national news coverage of her funeral, continuing cable coverage or national outrage over her murder.
On May 30, 2009 Brisenia’s home 11 miles north of the border was invaded by a group led by Shawna Forde of racist anti-immigration Minutemen.
The right wing extremist Minutemen had been on a mission to jack up drug dealers to fund their ‘patriotic’ activities of unsolicited vigilante patrols of the Mexican border. Forde also has ties to FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform which was declared a hate group in 2007 by the Southern Poverty Law Center. She appeared as their spokeperson in a 2006 PBS show about immigration issues and had formed her own Minuteman group called the Minuteman American Defense.