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Matt Cameron 🗽 @matt_cam
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1/ Ten years ago this June a recent immigrant was sentenced to life for the vicious, violent, cold-blooded murder of his wife and infant daughter before trying to flee to his home country.

Here's what *didn't* happen:

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--@bostonherald didn't run an angry editorial blaming our imm. vetting processes

--No one used this tragedy to call for an end to all British immigration

--The media never used a booking photo; always images like this one to remind us of his wealth & whiteness
3/ Neil Entwistle shot his wife in the head, and then his infant daughter in the stomach as she lay sleeping in her mother's arms. He then withdrew every dollar they had and fled to London. Mass state troopers grabbed him on a tube platform.
4/ The murders of Rachel and Lillian Entwistle were the worst acts of depravity in recent Massachusetts history. Neil Entwistle fully earned every bit of his infamy *and* his mandatory life sentence.

But you'd hardly know from any of the coverage that he wasn't a US citizen.
5/There is nothing any more inherently violent about people who happen to have been born in other countries as any native-born American.

~18,000 people are murdered in the US each year, but they're only guaranteed to make news if there's a certain kind of immigrant involved.
6/ White privilege is being able to literally kill your entire family and not have questions publicly raised about whether your race or national origin were a factor.
7/ Using the killing of #MollieTibbets to push your xenophobic hate is not only cynically awful, but actively harmful both to grieving family & the undocumented populations who will suffer in a way that would never have happened to British immigrants after Entwistle
8/ Stop abusing and exploiting "#AngelFamilies" to oppress millions of other families.

Stop shifting blame from the individual who chose to take a life in cold blood. (No one decides to commit murder because they live in a #sanctuarycity. They kill because they are killers.)
9/ How did it become acceptable to talk about "victims of immigrant crime"--(Trump created an entire government OFFICE for it) as if they were killed by rabid wolves, faulty brakes, or some endemic threat rather than the simple truth: they were people, killed by other people.
10/ #KateSteinle's tragic, avoidable death was found by law to be an accident, and they're still out there pretending it was murder. They need their pretty white victims, snuffed out by scary brown thugs. Says something that they are in such short supply, doesn't it?
11/ #MollieTibbetts deserves her justice just as much as any other homicide victim. But if you are using her name and politicizing her story to cause more harm and pain--well, I see you.

We all do.

It's not working.
*among the worst

(I just can't rank the evil of planting a bomb next to a child in a crowd at the Boston Marathon next to the evil of shooting your own baby in the stomach, and there's generally just too much evil everywhere which was kind of the point of this whole thread)
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