Mollie Tibbets was taking an evening jog on July 18th when she went missing. Her disappearance inspired a community-wide search which united many different people to work for a common cause.

When Mollie Tibbets’ murderer was identified as undocumented immigrant political officials began to use her death as a racist political argument against the Latino community. Mollie Tibbets father said in the Des Moines Register: “Please leave us out of your debate. Allow us to grieve in privacy and with dignity. At long last, show some decency. On behalf of my family and Mollie’s memory, I’m imploring you to stop.” 

Many in the Latino community have been struck hard by the effects of Mollie Tibbets death. Latinos in Des Moine have been attacked with graffiti and robocalls since the suspect was identified as an undocumented immigrant. Donald Trump, Jr. wrote his own Op-Ed in the Des Moines Register blaming democratic policies for the murder of Mollie Tibbets.

Young people in Sacramento have opinions on Mollie Tibbets’ death as well. “We already have to face enough with the fact that we have always been the lower class in society, and ever since Trump was elected racism has gone up for Mexicans and African Americans”, says Caleb, a 16-year-old student.

And he isn’t wrong. In 2017, the Anti-defamation League released a report which stated white supremacists committed the most extremist killings in 2017 compared to other extremist groups.

“Besides if (Mollie Tibbets) was an immigrant, nobody would bat an eye,” Caleb stated. Perhaps it is this statement that is the most important, maybe Americans as a whole need to take a long hard look at ourselves and think about racism and inequality. What can Americans do to bridge the divide?