From the Oscars to work and school, race has always been an issue – sadly, even with little ones. In this video, toddlers were asked to pick between light and dark-skinned dolls and explain which was good and bad. Their responses might provoke a few tears.
You’ve might’ve seen the videos of black children choosing white dolls as “good” dolls.
Before Trump was president, many opponents of the man swore that electing a person with a history of racist behavior would encourage closeted bigots to be more vocal with their hate. This claim has proved to be true basically time and time again in the years since he was elected on nearly a weekly basis. Attacks on Muslim and Latinx people have been sanctioned by government policies but we have also seen disturbingly bigoted behavior from average citizens. Hate crimes have skyrocketed since 2016 and viral videos of racist attacks and abuse are commonplace on the internet.
The latest act of xenophobia comes from Trump’s July Twitter tantrum against Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshmen congresswomen. In it, the president insisted that those who don’t like how America currently works should just leave. It’s a command most Black and brown people have heard at least once in their lives and it again invites undercover racists to be bold enough to let their hatred for minorities show.
One of the latest examples of the freedom racists feel is a video coming out of Abington, Pennsylvania that shows a white woman accosting a Puerto Rican woman at a grocery store.
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On June 30th, 2019, Johanny Santana was standing in line at the grocery store when a child came into the line to ask his grandfather a question. The child and grandfather spoke Spanish to each other and this caused a white woman who was also in line to cuss at the boy. Hearing this, Santana started recording with her phone to capture any further encounters. The boy left and came back, only to have another woman object. This is when Santana stepped in and changed the focus to her.
In a video posted to Facebook, Santana asks the other woman if she had a problem with the individuals speaking Spanish after the white woman loudly complains, “Any century now.” The White woman then told Santana, “Can you stop talking to me? You’re a p*ta.” After Santana told the woman not to say that word, she responded again, repeating, “You’re a p*ta.”
It’s then that the altercation turned overtly racist.
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The woman launched into a bigoted diatribe aimed at Santana. In the video, she can be heard saying:
“You shouldn’t be in this country. I hope Trump deports you. I was born here, you don’t belong here, go back to your own country. You don’t belong here, you came here illegally. You should be deported.”
The unidentified white woman then accused Santana of using “drug money” to buy her groceries. In the video, she is seen flashing cash at the Boricua and telling her that her money was legal, unlike what Santana was using.
In the video, Santana can be heard retaliating with her own insults.
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In response to her own words, Santana told NBC News that she felt ashamed and powerless.
“I regret it because I didn’t want to tell her that. I felt powerless because I didn’t speak English well enough to be able to properly respond to her.”
The community that Santana lives in only has a population of 55,310 according to the 2010 Census. Of that population, almost 80% is white and only 3% of residents are Latinx. According to the Pew Research Center, Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Latinx group in the United States. Since Puerto Rico is a United States territory, citizens of the island — including Santana — are also US citizens. Still, even if they weren’t, this attack would remain grossly racist.
Twitter reacted with outrage in response to yet another recorded attack on people of color by racists.
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Twitter users were quick to share the video thousands of times online. Many pointed out how ridiculous the woman was and how quick she was to jump into racists insults — as if she had them queued up and ready to rip. Others called on the social media site to do its thing and expose the woman pictured in the video. She is still unidentified as of now but one thing remains clear: There are far more people who feel this way in our nation than most are willing to admit. Until racists are exposed and called out in every community, racism will continue to be an ugly part of American life.
We think it’s safe to say that the president of the United States is an unrepentant bigot. For example, the Muslim Ban and the internment of South American migrants at the borders are both works of pure xenophobia. Also, we can recall those rumors of an infamous recording that allegedly has the business-man-turned-politician dropping the N-word.
So, it’s no surprise when Trump goes off on racist tangents about Black and brown people pretty regularly. In his latest bigoted explosion, the president’s target is Congressional women of color.
Sunday morning, the president went on a racist Twitter rant aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen of color
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In the tweets, Trump condemned what he called “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen.” These tweets are directed at Representative Ocasio-Cortez as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Recently, these freshmen congresswomen have spoken out against the racism that is prevalent in our political systems.
This past week, the women came under fire from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. After she made disparaging comments in an interview about the group’s Twitter presence, AOC and the other congresswomen pushed back against Pelosi. In response, the Speaker of the House scolded the group during a caucus meeting on July 10th.
“You got a complaint?,” the Speaker said during her time on the floor. “You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay.”
In response, AOC and the other congresswomen — often referred to as “the Squad” — responded to what they saw was a targeted assault on women of color in the Congress. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the disharmony with the Washington Post, calling it a “persistent singling out.” She further explained, “It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Trump was quick to defend Pelosi — someone who he regularly attacks — against claims of racism.
However, that set up his own racist and, frankly, inaccurate Sunday morning strike on the congresswomen.
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The president tweeted:
“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat congresswomen, who originally come from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, the most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all) now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
There’s a lot to unpack with this run-on sentence but let’s start with the inaccuracies.
AOC was born in the Bronx, New York, a community that the congresswomen now represents. Rep. Tlaib was born in and represents Detroit. Rep. Pressley was born in Cincinnati and raised in Chicago. She now represents Boston, Massachusetts. As a child, Rep. Omar and her family were forced to flee Somalia and received asylum in the US. She became a US citizen in the year 2000 and serves as congresswomen to Minneapolis.
All four are American citizens and are sworn to serve the United States as congresswomen. The only “corrupt and inept” country that they have alliance to is American and they are working to call out the dysfunction of our system no matter who attacks them.
Democrats were quick to respond to Trump’s ridiculous tweet storm.
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Presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren called out the president words as the “racist and xenophobic attack” that it is. She concluded her response by promising these congresswomen will receive the respect they deserve — the respect not granted by Trump — when she becomes president.
Even Nancy Pelosi, an instigator in this conflict, condemned the president’s words.
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The Speaker claimed that Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign has “always been about making America white again.” Pelosi goes on to announce that it is our diversity that gives us strength, unity and power as a nation.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez went on to answer the president’s vile tweets with ones of her own and showed that she is not backing down in the face of bigotry.
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In the thread that contained her response, the representative went on to challenge Trump in his racism and fear-mongering. She pointed out that the issue that vexes the president and people like him is that AOC and people like her do not fear them. She and her fellow freshman congresswomen will continue to serve the communities they were elected to. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her Squad know there isn’t much the president can do in response to this besides have another tweet tantrum and they don’t plan to let that stop their push for a more inclusive system.
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