Donna Barrera’s wish to bury her husband at her hometown’s cemetery was denied because he is Latino. No, this did not happen in the 1950s, it’s happening today, in 2016, in Texas.
“He wasn’t supposed to be buried there, because he’s a Mexican, or of Spanish descent, or whatever you want to say. That’s what I told her and that’s what we’ve been doing,” said Jimmy Bradford, whose great, great grandfather asked to convert his land to a cemetery for the residents of Normana in the South of Texas. He’s now the owner of the cemetery.
According to the 1948 Supreme Court case Shelley v. Kraemer, racial agreements on real estate are outlawed. Which makes Bradford’s denial of burial based on race absolutely illegal and unconstitutional.
Barrera has had to deal with the loss of her husband of 44 years and the fact that she can’t bury him in her town. “I love my husband with all my heart,” she told KiiiTV in Texas. “That was 44 years with him and then all of a sudden this comes out of the woodwork.”
Friends of Barrera’s, who were present when Brandford denied her burial, were in complete disbelief. “I just heard him telling her that he had to be buried over there with the blacks,” said her friend Alfredo Lopez.
Amanda Brown, her caregiver, said, “There shouldn’t be no racism, at all. We are all one kind and for him to have said that to her – it’s horrible.”
In spite of the opposition and the illegality of it all, Brandford told a local reporter: “Well, I guess if she tells Obama and he comes down here and tells me I guess I’d have to. Otherwise, No.”
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