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People Around The Country Are Sending An Autistic Man Christmas Cards To Brighten Up His Holiday

A Texas father is asking for people to make his 33-year-old son’s Christmas special this year. The single father asked for people to send his autistic son Christmas cards to show love and support. The stay-at-home dad asked in a Facebook group for the cards and the community came together to show that they heard them.

Marty Mendoza made a request in the Kids With Special Needs Facebook group asking for Christmas cards for his son, Marty Mendoza Jr.

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Marty, whose son is nonverbal, shared his request in the group on Dec. 11 and it has received 21,000 reactions and 27,000 shares. Comments flooded in praising the father for doing anything he could for his son to give him a wonderful Christmas. Marty told people that he wanted to give his son one good Christmas since they live on a very tight budget and he’s never been able to give his son a real Christmas.

His request was met with people from all over the country flooding their home with gifts and cards.

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The request for cards was immediately answered by people from all over the country. People have answered the call to bring a moment of joy and love into the lives of the father and son.

People have taken to social media calling for their friends and followers to join them in giving the family some extra special holiday love.

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It is a sweet moment showing compassion in society. It has given some people a look into the ray of light that has been missing in recent years.

Some people from the community have come to his home to drop off gifts and show their support.

It is so nice to see people doing something to make life better for their neighbors. This is what the holiday season is about. It is about giving, not receiving and just making life better for those around you.

Marty has been touched by the generous outpouring of love his message has received.

Posted by Marty Mendoza on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

If you want to give a little something special to the family, you can mail cards to:

Marty Mendoza, Jr.
419 West Avenue C
Belton, TX 76513

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Fort Hood Honors Vanessa Guillén By Naming Gate After Her One Year After Death

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Fort Hood Honors Vanessa Guillén By Naming Gate After Her One Year After Death

It’s been one year since Spc. Vanessa Guillén was murdered at Fort Hood. The death shocked the nation and revealed an environment of sexual harassment and unexplained deaths at the military base. One year later, Fort Hood is honoring Vanessa Guillén by naming a gate after her.

It’s been one year since Spc. Vanessa Guillén was killed.

Guillén’s death devastated her family and angered the nation. Her disappearance, which went under the radar for months, sparked a campaign for answers from Fort Hood officials.

Guillén’s death sparked a movement to address sexual assault and violence against women in the military. Guillén’s attacker killed her because she threatened to report him for sexual harassment. #IAmVanessaGuillen was a trending topic as people shared their stories of sexual harassment in the military. Her family proposed legislation to make it safer for people to report this kind of harassment while in the military.

Fort Hood renamed one of their gates to honor Guillén.

Officials from the military base worked with the family to figure out a way to honor Guillén’s memory and legacy at the base. The gate leads to the 3rd Regiment, where Guillén spent her days and served her country.

“So in coordination with the family, who agreed to allow us to do this, we are going to dedicate a gate that has her name on it — that has her picture — and you can come learn just a little about Vanessa. But mostly it’s so [in] two, three, four years we haven’t forgotten what this is all about, what this moment is all about in our history,” Lt. Gen. Pat White, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, said at the ceremony unveiling the gate, according to NBC News.

The family hopes that the gate serves as a reminder and inspiration.

Lupe, Guillén’s younger sister, spoke at the family’s news conference. They did not attend the ceremony because of the anniversary and the emotional toll being in that soot would take on the family. Yet, she is hopeful that the gate being named after her sister will keep her memory alive and encourage people to seek help when sexually harassed.

READ: Military Members Are Sharing Stories Of Sexual Assault In The Military Using #IAmVanessaGuillen

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Students at a high school in Aledo, Texas are being disciplined after the administration discovered they held a mock slave auction on Snapchat where they “traded” Black students.

Screenshots of the Snapchat group show that these unnamed students “bid” on students of color, ranging anywhere from $1 to $100.

One student in particular was priced at $1 because his hair was “bad”. The screenshot also shows that the group chat’s name changed regularly. The group’s name started as “Slave Trade” then changed to “N—-r Farm”, and finally to “N—– Auction”.

Upon learning of the mock slave auction, the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus’s principal wrote a note to parents explaining the situation. Principal Carolyn Ansley called the mock slave auction “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment” which “led to conversations about how inappropriate and hurtful language can have a profound and lasting impact” on people.

Many people felt that the school principal downplayed the gravity of the mock slave auction. Not once did she mention the word racism in the letter that she sent out to parents.

“Calling it cyberbullying rather than calling it racism… that is the piece that really gets under my skin,” said Mark Grubbs, father to three former Aledo ISD students, to NBC DFW. But Grubbs, along with many other Aledo parents and community members, say that the incident didn’t surprise them.

In fact, Grubbs said he had to take his children out of the Aledo ISD school system because of how much racist harassment his children were facing. “A lot of racism,” he said of his son’s experience at the school. “My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn’t mind fighting and that didn’t sit right with me and my wife. My son was never a fighter.”

After the backlash to the initial statement, Superintendent Susan Bohn finally released a statement condemning the racism and “hatred” of the mock slave auction.

“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,’ Bohn wrote. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”

The problem with “policies” like these is they fail to target the issue of racism at the root. Hate speech may be “prohibited”, but if a child is displaying racist behavior for whatever reason, the bigger problem is the way that they have been educated and indoctrinated. Slave auctions have no place in 2021.

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