Immigration and a Murder in Patchogue

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporter, teacher at Columbia University's Journalism School and the author of Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town, looks at immigration and small town America through the story of the '08 murder of an Ecuadoran immigrant in Patchogue by a group of teenagers.

→ Mirta Ojito will be speaking at Hofstra University on October 23rd at 6:30PM.


Mirta Ojito

Comments [6]

Leslie Tucker from East Village, NYC

I agree with the previous comment by John. I'd focus more on why a pack of teenagers would do such a thing, and why such anger is part of their culture.

Oct. 18 2013 11:40 AM
Sarah from Brooklyn

I feel like this has a lot to do with mob mentality and how hate and fear can be amplified in a group situation. It seems like people are capable of more extreme acts in a group, than alone.

Oct. 18 2013 11:38 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Racism and antisemitism is hardly new, hardly surprising, and doesn't go away easily. It's always been like that and always will be. The only "remedy" is "Live and Let Live." You don't have to love your neighbor, but just don't do unto them what you wouldn't want have done unto you.

Oct. 18 2013 11:32 AM

The Book of Matt

Oct. 18 2013 11:30 AM

I'd be more concerned with the packs of racist, murderous teenagers.

Oct. 18 2013 11:27 AM
Somerset County NJ


In our area, numerous Ecuadorean immigrants walk across the highway or main roadways, often traveling to or from a job, and get hit by vehicles, which are often driven by other Ecuadorean immigrants. Authorities consider it a crisis and they've hired consultants to sort through it.

Oct. 18 2013 09:40 AM

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