According to ABC 7 Denver:
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Commerce City, CO a unwed, teenage couple, sire and dam of a 4-year-old son, had a violent altercation at the Hollywood Video at 5961 E. 64th Ave., where the mother of the boy works. The 19-year-old Joseph Manzanares, the child’s father of record, is alleged to have knocked over several displays in the video store, as well as having knocked a computer off a counter. Manzanares verbally threatened the woman who is his ex-girlfriend, including saying he was going to kill her.
OK, a young couple having a violent squabble is not really news – normally. It’s fairly normal – or at least nominal – for an estranged teenage couple who have a child together to get into these sort of arguments. What makes this particular fight both worth mentioning and viscerally horrifying is what they were fighting about.
The were fighting over which street gang their toddler should join!
Manzanares, a Latino, is a member of the Ballers – formerly called the Westside Ballers. The woman, a Black, is a member of the Crips. Each wanted the child to be claimed by their own gang.
Eugenics has a negative image in America, but I can’t help thinking that creatures like Manzanares and his “babymama” should not have been allowed to breed in the first place. Damn! Crips or Ballers, those are their progeny’s choices? Why not just shoot the kid now? It’d be kinder to him and cheaper for America.