RE: AMBER RENE GUYGER
THE SPANISH have this thing about opening other people’s doors. I live in a building with lots of Hispanics – some speak English, some don’t, some pretend not to. There’s a unit next to mine that the leasing office always fills with Hispanics when the previous tenants move out. And they all know each other. Not just the ones who live here, but the new ones coming in. It’s like a network of people with a common cause.
Invariably, when new tenants arrive they try to enter my unit. Again, and again and again. Not with a key, but by shaking the door knob till I go out and they always act the same way. In a rudimentary sign language with arms flailing and laughing noises and head slapping I get the impression that they did it by mistake. But so often? It’s not a simple twist of the knob and ops, that’s not my door action; it’s an aggressive let me in, who locked the door on me type of action.
Other times as someone walks by, they lean over and twist and shake the knob, just to see if it’s open. Sometimes they bring a bunch of friends, collect outside, shake the knob till I open it, then start laughing and pointing and shaking their heads as if I know what they’re saying. It’s like my Hispanic neighbor wants to show her friends? family? guests? my face? We finally got a security system, since they didn’t speak English and there was no way for us to know what their intentions were.
I believe that Amber Rene Guyger got off at the wrong floor and went into an apartment she thought was hers. She made a huge cultural blunder/mistake by not respecting boundaries. To the Spanish mind they shouldn’t exist. It’s part of their culture and their mindset. They don’t get the line drawn by somebody else’s personal space. They don’t see the line, even when there’s a door.
If not for my experience with Spanish speaking people trying to open my door, repeatedly, over years, I probably would have thought that her shooting a huge body mass approaching her in somebody else’s apartment late at night had sinister roots.
If anything should be on trial here it’s the Spanish/Hispanic culture – a clean up your culture moment for sure. Somebody is dead who should be alive.
However, given that she listed herself as ‘white’ on her police identification card, she is now going to have to address her Spanish roots. A few Spanish news outlets ran this story, which indicates to me, besides her appearance and cultural behavior, that she is indeed of Spanish ancestry, which explains the cultural behavior of opening doors because they’re there, or because they mistook the door for theirs.
I do not believe for a second that the incident right down to the opening of the door was premeditated. It was instinctual.
I’ve seen it – over and over and over and over again. The people are always, in every instance, Hispanic.