I grew up on Long Island, just a few miles from Patchogue, the town on the South Shore where Donald Trump spoke on Thursday. My parents moved out there in the 1970s, and my mother is still there. Plus, I work on the Island.
The Marcelo Lucero killing sent shockwaves across Long Island. Deputized, a new documentary, is a raw, comprehensive examination, offering a blitz of perspectives on a crime that was both vicious and vexing.
The greatest tribute we can pay to those who needlessly have lost their lives to hate mongers is to encourage civility and to create a community in which hate is not acceptable. But we are not there yet.
Robert Reecks will be remembered as an accomplished leader within the Suffolk police department. But Reecks also faced criticism for his handling of hate crimes; specifically those perpetrated against Latinos.
Empty of better ideas -- of any ideas -- of how to remain relevant, the reactionary wing of the conservative movement has chosen to quit faking respectability and get back to doing what they do best: cranking up the hate to eleven.