While Esteban Nuñez and his “Hazard Crew” friends who were arrested on Tuesday contemplate their next move, we noticed earlier today that the myspace page for “EsTeBaN” has been taken down. Fortunately, we saved almost all of the pictures, and there certainly are some disturbing ones. Mayor Villaraigosa even told the LA Times the following: “I’ve known him since he was a little boy. He’s a great kid, a good boy.”
So while former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez’s friends and political allies try to put a positive spin on this tragedy, I thought that I would let you, the readers of LatinoPoliticsBlog, decide if you would call the alleged perpetrator “a great kid.”
These photos were on Esteban Nuñez’s myspace account:
Showing off the ink:
Posing with Camaro:
Sacramento Boys (estilo Pachuco):
CalState (but reppin’ the OC):
“Beat your pet,” but let’s look stoned:
High five for the doobie:
Showing more ink and muscle — but don’t forget the bottle:
Trashing someone’s motorcycle:
Posing like a “gangsta” yet again:
But Papi is friends with Mayor Villaraigosa (taken at his parents’ second wedding in 2005, note how he wears the baseball cap backwards for a formal event! How classy):
Let this be a lesson to all parents, and especially those who are public figures, monitor your children’s online profiles. If your child has no shame in presenting him or herself in such a tasteless and crude manner, then you really need to rethink your role as a parent and have a heart to heart talk with your kid. These myspace pages and facebook profiles are open to the public. People post messages, pictures, and reveal their stupidity at their own risk. If your child is under 21 and holding beer cans and liquor bottles, don’t go on assuming that he’s a “good boy” or a “great kid.” Same goes for holding knives and stabbing animals — if you are so heartless and cruel to a little animal, how far of a stretch is it to believe that the person holding a knife aimed at a small creature would hurt a human?
And to my fellow Latinos and Latinas out there, partying it up in college, posting incriminating pictures on myspace and facebook of yourselves throwing up, drinking, smoking marijuana, flashing your new tattoos, and hurting animals, please reconsider sharing your escapades with the world. We desperately need educated professionals, people who will become leaders, doctors, scientists, engineers and more. You not only shame yourself and your family when you behave like a thug, you shame our people. And you make it that much harder for the rest of us who are trying to educate ourselves, stay out of trouble, and earn our way professionally with diligence and dedication to change perceptions about our community.