Saturday, April 12, 2008

While White Couples Argue Over What School To Send Their Kids To, A Denver Latino-Black Couple Fight Over What Gang Their Four-Year-Old Should Join

A heated dispute between two unmarried parents about what street gang their son should join resulted in one parent threatening to kill the other, Commerce City police say. Full story reported April 10th, 2008 by the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Denver Channel (KMGH Channel 7). Discussed in the MinutemanHQ Forum, on American Renaissance, and on the Vanguard News Network Forum.

The center of the battle is a 4-year-old boy. The child was born to Joseph Manzaneres and an unidentified woman when they were about 15 years old. Manzaneres is Latino; the woman is Black. On Saturday April 5th, Manzanares, who is now 19, allegedly went to the Hollywood Video at 5961 E. 64th Ave., where his ex-girlfriend and the mother of the boy works. He then began knocking over several displays in the video store, as well as knocking a computer off a counter.

Manzanares began to verbally threaten the woman, including saying he was going to "kill" her, after which he ran out of the store. He was arrested a short time later at his residence.

The mother of the child told police that she and the boy's father have been involved in ongoing domestic disputes regarding their son. The woman said she is a "Crip" gang member and that Manzanares is a "Baller" gang member, and they have different ideas on how the baby should be raised. In essence, they cannot agree on which gang the baby would claim. The "Ballers" were formerly known as the "Westside Ballers".

On Tuesday April 8th, Manzanares pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a Class 1 petty offense. In exchange, a charge of harassment, a Class 3 misdemeanor, was dismissed. Adams County Judge Simon Mole sentenced Manzanares to 12 months probation and imposed $835 in court costs and fees. It is unknown whether or not Colorado child welfare authorities intend to investigate the situation to determine if it is a fit environment to raise a kid; apparently having polygamous parents down in Eldorado, Texas is considered a greater danger to a child's welfare than having two parents in Colorado who are BOTH street gang members.

Some additional insight into Denver's gang situation is provided in the Timebomb2000 Forum. In post #27, an individual states that according to the Denver Police Gang Unit, there are approximately 20,000 HARD-CORE gang members in the Denver Metro Area alone. And a related thread in City-data.com reveals that North Denver and Commerce City are areas to be avoided. Commerce City is 53% Hispanic and 26% "Other" (which probably means Asians and Pacific Islanders, since they are not separately categorized).

Meanwhile, respectable parents argue over what SCHOOLS to send their kids to. This story perfectly illustrates why teenagers shouldn't have sex in the first place as well as the inadequacy of the child welfare system. Why hasn't Colorado removed this four-year-old child from the home of a hard-core street gang member? Why isn't street gang membership considered incompatible with parenthood? Yes, the parents are at least expressing some interest in fulfilling their parental responsibilities, but a gang environment is a dangerous environment for an innocent child.

This story is also a reminder of the flip side of diversity. We pay a high price for those taco carts, ethnic restaurants, and cheap labor.

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