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Extremism  
Jim and Joe Rizoli RULE Xenophobia

Posted: November 9, 2009


Introduction
Xenophobia
Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism
Connections to Other Extremist Groups

Vitriolic xenophobia fuels the Rizolis' bigotry. The brothers consistently demonize and stereotype undocumented immigrants, especially Brazilians, as liars, criminals (Jim calls them "crimaliens"), and extortionists who condone prostitution and drug use and have turned Framingham into a "third world country."

 

  • Jim Rizoli hosts a weekly public access television show, which he devotes to repeated attacks on Brazilians. During an October 2009 broadcast of the show, Rizoli stated that "God really doesn't care much about" undocumented immigrants, or, in his words, "crimaliens." Further, he attempts to engender fear of Brazilians. For example, he has asserted on his show that Brazilian-owned restaurants will lead to "illegal aliens" from other locales flocking to Framingham, engaging in underage drinking, and leaving the establishments "half-cocked out of their mind" just to cause traffic accidents.

  • In September 2008, Jim Rizoli had a letter published in a local newspaper in which he wrote that "the Brazilians, for the most part, have brought their document fraud and corrupt lifestyles here…They have turned a once quiet, nice, family-oriented town to a town that allows drugs, prostitution, and continuous law-breaking. A true third world town in the making."  

  • In a comment posted under his letter, Jim Rizoli compared "illegals" to "gangrene" and a "cancerous growth," and he called them a "black eye" brought to Framingham.

  • The Rizolis' bigotry is not new. During a CCFIILE meeting in November 2003, Joe Rizoli reportedly laid out what he perceived to be the situation in his community: "What happens is that they catch on. They know a good thing when they see it. It's a planned rape of Framingham. They have literally raped Framingham."




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