Target: Michael Knight, Bee County Texas County Attorney
Goal: Enforce anti-discrimination laws pertaining to property rights to enable widow to bury her late husband in cemetery of her choosing.
Donna Barrera, widow, alleges she was refused permission to bury her husband’s ashes because the San Domingo Cemetery Association (SDCA) doesn’t allow Hispanics, or other minority races, to be buried there.
During an interview with a local television station, Jimmy Bradford, the head of the SDCA, confirmed that he denied Ms. Barrera’s request, stating that his grandfather donated the land for use as a cemetery for the “people of Normanna.” Based on these statements and allegations, it seems that minorities are not considered “people” in this small Texas town.
Based on a 1948 Supreme Court case, this type of discrimination is illegal. As a result of this case, Shelley v. Kramer, the Court ruled that contracts prohibiting specific racial groups from buying, renting, owning, or occupying a particular piece of property are not legal.
Demand the law of the land is enforced and that Ms. Barrera is able to bury her husband in the cemetery of her choice.
Dear Attorney Knight,
An elderly Normanna widow needs your help to bury her husband. Donna Barrera alleges that she was denied permission to bury her husband of 44 years in the San Domingo Cemetery due to his ethnic heritage.
During an interview, the head of the San Domingo Cemetery Association confirms he denied her request on the the grounds that Hispanics are not allowed to be buried there because the land was donated for the “people of Normanna.” Such discrimination is explicitly outlawed based on a 1948 Supreme Court ruling.
We demand anti-discrimination laws are enforced so this Hispanic man can be interred in his community plot.
[Your Name Here]
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