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Anti-Semitism Rocked A NYC Subway When A Woman Physically Assaulted A Jewish Woman

Hate crimes in this country are out of control. But first, you may be wondering what constitutes as a hate crime.

Under the FBI regulations, a hate crime is when perpetrators acted based on a bias against the victim’s race, color, religion, or national origin. Furthermore, a hate crime is also against those based on preferences of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or gender. The FBI reports that the increase in hate crimes is affecting not just Latinos, blacks, Muslims, and Jews. Some of these hate crimes occur even in the most diverse of cities. 

On Dec. 16, a Jewish student, from Israel, was on her way home on a New York City subway when a black woman began to assault her verbally. 

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The student, Lihi Aharon, detailed her entire attack on YouTube and also recorded her assailant, 38-year-old Zarinah Ali. Aharon explains that she got on the train and noticed a woman sitting in the subway with a bunch of her belongings next to her. Aharon said that is when she asked her if she could move her things so she could sit down. We can’t be sure if this interaction made Ali lash out at Aharon, but either way, Ali went off on her. 

Things escalated when Aharon sat down next to a man that was wearing a Yamaka. Ali began hurling anti-Semitic slurs at that man, which is when Aharon started to film her. 

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“She was yelling at him, shouting at him, ‘Allahu Akbar’ [God is most great] and ‘Allah will kill you,’ ‘nasty Jews,’ she was citing clauses from the Koran and ‘when you see a Jew you got to kill him’ and she used a lot of profanity,” Aharon explained to Fox News. 

In the video, Ali can be seen taunting Aharon by making kissing faces at her. Ali also begins anthologizing Aharon saying that she doesn’t mind if she records her. Ali is visibly behaving in a deranged way. Not just because she is saying offensive things, but because of her demeanor toward being filmed, almost as if she was on drugs. Things only got worse from there. 

The assaulter then knocks the phone away from the victim and then proceeds to grab her by the face and scratch her. 

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Aharon details the events of that evening, and the scar that Ali left her is still visible on her face. Aharon tells her friend to record her, but Ali knocks her phone away from her as well. 

Eventually, the police were called on the scene, and Aharon was somewhat apprehended. 

In the video, Aharon can be seen sitting on the steps of the underground platform while a police officer looms in front of her.  Aharon continues to record while Ali spews the most hateful words toward her and another Jewish man. 

“It makes me feel very humiliated and sad that anti-Semitism still exists,” Aharon told Fox News. “It’s disturbing, and it’s scary to think that our world is going in that direction. We must stop this.”

Aharon adds that she believes Ali realized she was Jewish after she began speaking in Hebrew to the man who was also verbally assaulted. 

Ali was arrested, but it remains to be seen if she will be charged with a hate crime. 

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“We have confidence that once the District Attorney’s office gets all the facts and completes its investigation, it will prosecute this crime as the hate crime it is,” Ziporah Reich, Aharon’s attorney told the network. 

The police did report that Ali was intoxicated when she was arrested and that she had been arrested numerous times before. 

Ali said she wears her scar proudly and that it is a reminder that people should help others if they witness a crime. 

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Typically, on the train, it is very rare for people to intervene when they see someone else being verbally assaulted or physically assaulted. This is usually because they don’t want to get hurt themselves. 

This attack against Ali happened just days after a kosher store was targeted in Jersey City. Three people died that day.  Last year, another hate crime against Jewish people occurred at a Pittsburgh synagogue in which a shooter shot and killed 11 people. The FBI reports that in 2018, they saw a 16-year increase in hate crimes in the country, which is an increase of 61 percent of the 7,120 incidents.

“We’re seeing a shift from the more casual offender with more shallow prejudices to a bit more of an older assailant who acts alone,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, told the New York Times, last month. “There’s a diversifying base of groups that are being targeted. We’re getting back to more violence.”

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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We know LGBTQ rights, birth control, and race are under threat as Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We know that that conservative judge has been evasive in answering comments about her beliefs which, if appointed, would steer her in making fundamental decisions that could affect American citizens’ lives for decades. Still, though we knew things are bound to go sideways as most things under the Trump administration have, we didn’t realize that an educated woman living in today’s world would refuse to acknowledge a basic societal fact: that “systemic racism” exists in the United States.

In written responses submitted Tuesday night, Barrett repeated her refusal to say whether “systemic racism” exists in our country.

After Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii asked her to explain her view of the existence of “systemic racism” in the United States, Barret refused the opportunity to acknowledge its existence.

“At the hearing, you acknowledged that racism persists in our country, but you refused to answer where there is systemic racism, calling it a ‘policy question.’ You also refused to answer other questions based on your view that they are ‘policy questions,’” Hirono wrote in his questions. “What makes a statement a policy question rather than a question of fact?”

“I believe that racism persists in our country, but as I explained at the hearing, whether there is ‘systemic racism’ is a public policy question of substantial controversy, as evidenced by the disagreement among senators on this very question during the hearing,” Barrett replied. “As a sitting judge and judicial nominee, it would be inappropriate for me to offer an opinion on the matter.”

Barrett’s approach to the question is not totally uncommon. Previous Supreme Court nominees have avoided answering questions concerning precedent. Barrett clung to the approach during her confirmation hearing last week while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett used this as a standard and repeatedly cited it as a reason for dodging questions.

Systemic racism exists within our country without question.

It persists in our academic settings, workplaces, as well as in our court and judicial system. The fact is that when a certain group dominates a majority of positions of decision-making power, others struggle to exist and get by let alone get ahead. For generations and right now, white people have been the dominating group with decision-making power and people of color have suffered as a result. Acknowledgment is a vital part of making this change. Particularly from our leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday afternoon.

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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One of the few highlights we’ve had amid this unprecedented year of trauma has been the music industry. From Maluma and Cardi B to Bad Bunny’s surprise albums, we’ve been blessed with some of the best songs ever. Plain and simple.

Despite the global pandemic, many singers have managed to stay busy and put out new tracks. Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are no different as the duo are working on music for their upcoming movie project, Marry Me.

However, the one of the tracks from the upcoming film isn’t getting the type of reception that JLo had likely counted on.

Jennifer Lopez is facing criticism for calling herself a “Little Black girl from the Bronx” in her new track with Maluma.

Despite the pandemic putting the breaks on so many aspects of the entertainment industry, Jennifer Lopez has managed to keep herself busy with new projects. One of her most hyped projects has got to be her collaboration with Maluma on the upcoming film, Marry Me.

In anticipation of the film’s release on Valentine’s Day 2021, the pair have released two new tracks that will also be in the movie’s soundtrack. However, the most recently released song, “Lonely,” isn’t getting the attention that neither JLo or Maluma had likely hoped for.

In the lyrics for the song, which JLo sings with Maluma, Lopez sings “yo siempre seré tu negrita del Bronx” (I’ll always be your Black girl from the Bronx). Obviously, that lyric is causing loads of controversy and fans and critics alike are letting Lopez know they’re out OK with it.

Many are taking issue with the lyrics because “Jenny From The Block” has never really claimed or referenced herself as Black in the past. So why now? And why use an outdated term that’s incredible insensitive to the Afro-Latinx community.

Negrita is a questionable Spanish term that should definitely be phased out amid Spanish-speakers.

Many people are taking issue with the lyrics because they include the controversial term negrita, which is really an outdated Spanish-language term that’s often used as a term of endearment to describe people who are dark-skinned.

It’s a common nickname among Spanish-speakers but it should be phased out of the Spanish language as it’s extremely insensitive to Afro-Latinos.

Both fans and critics have called out Lopez on Twitter.

Fans were obviously confused as to why Jennifer would describe herself as ‘Black’. 

‘Maybe if she said brown girl she coulda gotten away with it,’ one fan said.  Another commented on social media: ‘This is so insulting as an actual black woman.’ 

‘I heard the song and I was like “what she just say? Rewind that. cause she definitely not Afro Latina,’ one fan said. 

However, many others from the Latina community weighed in to explain that while the translation of ‘negrita’ literally means ‘black girl’, it’s not used in that sense. 

‘If your hispanic or latino you know what she means. yes it sounds weird asf the literal translation but that’s not what she means,’ one fan explained.  They continued: ‘As far as I know it’s like a term of endearment for darker complexion within the community. I think she should have not used it being that not everyone would get it and in my opinion her skin isn’t even considered dark. Plus with the times we are in like let’s do better.”

This isn’t the first time the singer has come under fire for insensitive actions around race.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Jennifer Lopez has been called out for appropriating Black culture, but this is the first time that she’s facing such a major backlash.

Jennifer Lopez has proudly claimed her identity as a Puerto Rican woman but she’s never claimed Black ancestry or self-identified as an Afro-Latina – so her use of the term is troubling.

In the 2001 hit remix of “I’m Real” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, JLo sang along to the N-word slur and faced a similar backlash then. She ended up going on The Today Show to claim that the lyrics were written by Ja Rule and were “not meant to be hurtful to anybody.” She went on to say that “for anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me.”

Then there was the whole debacle from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show (which feels like a lifetime ago!) when many criticized her and Shakira for performing for a franchise that didn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hopefully, this incident on JLo’s part will bring with it a discussion about the term negrita and we can finally eliminate it as a ‘playful nickname’ in the Spanish-speaking community.

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