On August third one year ago, a 21-year-old white man from Allen, Texas, drove across the state to a Wal-Mart in El Paso, alongside the Mexican border, where he shot and killed 23 people and injured 23 others, the majority of them Mexican and Mexican-Americans.
The El Paso matanza, or massacre, is considered to be the deadliest anti-Latino attack in U.S. history, and one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
On this two-part episode, we talk with several people from El Paso about that day, about what has transpired in the year that has passed, about how life has and hasn’t changed along the border—politically, culturally, and spiritually.
In part two, assistant editor Griffin Oleynick, and audience development director Milton Javier Bravo are joined by Dylan Corbett and Marisa Limón Garza of the Hope Border Institute in El Paso, and Bishop Mark Seitz of the El Paso Diocese sits down with Commonweal's editor Dominic Preziosi. Catch up on part one here.
For further reading:
- Night Will Be No More, Bishop Mark Seitz
- Confronting White Supremacy, John Gehring
- Injustice at the Border, a collection of Commonweal pieces