In the wake of the El Paso shooting, many Latinos throughout America are fearing for their lives, according to The New York Times. “It’s quite a transition from being invisible to being visible in a lethal way,” stated Dario Aguirre, a Mexican-American lawyer, regarding the impact of the shootings on both he and his community.
“In my community, we are used to the basic darkness of racism, not this,” he continued. Currently, there are 56.5 million Latinos in the United States, which accounts for 18% of the population. Many who felt affected by the shootings stated in interviews throughout the country that they felt as if they were now targeted by white nationalists.
The impact of the shooting was particularly hard for the 680,000 Hispanics that live in El Paso, especially considering over 80% of the population in El Paso are Spanish speakers. A witness to the shooting that killed over 22 people stated that he saw the shooter allow White and African-Americans out of the store while he ‘sprayed’ Latinos with bullets. El Paso residents now fear going out to eat or to the movies.