Jose Munoz, who died in last weekend’s Louisville Olive Garden shooting, was killed because he was from Mexico, family members said Wednesday.
Munoz, 25, had been living with family in Sellersburg, Indiana, for over six years. The native of Guadalajara, Mexico, worked for a concrete company and was supporting a 7-year-old son who lives in Mexico.
“He wasn’t famous. He wasn’t an artist. He wasn’t a singer,” Munoz’s older brother, Efrain, said through a translator. “But he was a very loved person.”
As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.
As Massachusetts developed laws for legal marijuana, officials wrote what they claimed was a first-in-the-nation Social Equity Program explicitly to give members of those communities a leg up.
But this part of the state law isn’t working — next to no black or Latino candidates have applied for licenses in Massachusetts.
Students explored displays of Mexican art, history and immigration Thursday in Herman B Wells Library during the library’s Exploremos open house.
Exploremos was just one event put on as part of IU Arts and Humanities Council’s Mexico Remixed programming. The third annual remixed festival aims to celebrate the culture and history of a certain country each year through a series of events, activities and speakers, said Ed Comentale, director of the Arts and Humanities Council.
“It celebrates our international students, showcases our resources and knowledge in that area and explores current art and culture from that country,” Comentale said. “When we say remixed, we are referring to people who are actively remaking and rethinking the traditions of their country.”