Racist site closes because of alleged threats Saturday, January 14, 2006
Tyler B. Reed Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM -- Saying it has received violent threats, the League of United Latin American Citizens yesterday disabled a Web site it sponsored that tagged three local anti-illegal immigration activists as "racists" and "domestic terrorists."

The site -- www.weareracist.com -- posted a message on its home page, which reads, "Due to the threats of violence we have received from the anti-immigrant movement who refuse to reveal their identity, we are disabling this site!"

Local LULAC members have said they had no role in creating the Web site, which also showed photos of people in Texas, Virginia and California.  But Laura Medrano of Framingham, LULAC's Northeast regional vice president, said she called the national office and asked them to take down photos of William LaBarge and Mal Schulze.

"I asked them to take down pictures of Mr. LaBarge and Mr. Schulze," she said.  "They have not intimidated anybody.  There is no indication they have ties to white supremacists."

She said she talked to LaBarge and, "I got to know him and I know where he's coming from."

The third Framingham man pictured on the site was Jim Rizoli, a candidate for the Board of Selectmen.

Rizoli said he sent three e-mails to the national office saying "this is ridiculous to say that we're racists."

He said he never threatened the group.

"I'll hit them with a marshmallow," he joked.

"They must be getting counsel from someone who said that site was not right," Rizoli said.  "Obviously, they got flak from it.  It was in very poor taste."

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