Donna Barrera of Texas planned to bury her late husband’s ashes in a community cemetery; however, she was outraged when she was told by a cemetery representative that they don’t allow Hispanic people to be buried at their facility.
Barrera reportedly said that the person in charge of San Domingo Cemetery explicitly told her that they do not bury Hispanic and black people.
Jimmy Bradford, who is head of the San Domingo Cemetery Association, confirmed to a local news outlet that Barrera’s request was, indeed, rejected.
“He wasn't supposed to be buried there, because he's a Mexican, or of Spanish descent, or whatever you want to say,” Bradford said, noting that his grandfather donated the land to be used as a cemetery for “the people of Normanna.”
This is clearly an act of racial discrimination, which is actually quite illegal.
According to The Huffington Post, back in 1948 the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Shelley v. Kraemer that racial covenants — or contracts that prohibit specific racial groups from buying, renting, or occupying a piece of property — are illegal.
Barrera said she now intends to take legal action against the cemetery association.
It is a terrible shame that those in charge of the cemetery would uphold such racist principles, regardless of his grandfather’s wishes.
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