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Here Are 5 Times Donald Trump’s Name Was Used By Racists In Schools

Ever since Donald Trump announced his run for presidency last year by calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists, his supporters have taken to using his name as an insult lobbed at Latinos and other minorities. In some cases, this has resulted in violence. In Kansas, for example, a white motorcyclist yelled “Trump” at a Latino and Muslim man before assaulting them, and in Boston, where two Trump supporters beat up a homeless man. Unfortunately, invoking the GOP frontrunner’s name in the name of bigotry has sullied our schools, as well. We’ve compiled a list of five separate incidents where “Trump” was used to insult minority students.

Tulane University

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As part of Kappa Alpha Order’s (KA) annual tradition, the fraternity at Tulane University…

Posted by Ana De Santiago on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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On April 7, the Tulane Chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity erected a wall using sandbags, a tradition that kicks off the fraternity’s annual “Old Ball” festivities. For this year, they decided to decorate their wall with Donald Trump’s name and his “Make America Great Again” slogan. The wall was recently taken down and the fraternity issued a statement claiming satire. We’re inclined to believe them. After all, it’s not like predominantly white fraternities in the South have ever said or done anything racist.

University of California, San Diego

We are deeply disturbed by reports this morning that hooded male adults were seen writing pro-Trump propaganda as well…

Posted by UCSD College Democrats on Saturday, April 9, 2016

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Every year, UCSD welcomes admitted students to visit campus for an event called “Triton Day.” For three to five men wearing hoodies, this was the perfect opportunity to spread their message of hate. College students using chalk to show their love for Donald Trump is a larger national trend — known as “The Chalkening” — but what sets USCD apart is that in addition to pro-Trump messaging, these unidentified men also wrote “build the wall,” “deport them all,” “f**k Mexicans,” and “Mexico will pay.” Even worse, they scribbled it in front of the UCSD Raza Resource Center.

Elkhorn High School (Wisc.)

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During an April 7 soccer game, a group of students from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, Wisconsin — which is predominantly white — started chanting “Donald Trump! Build the wall” at Latina and black players from Beloit Memorial High School. The chants resulted in several players breaking down crying in the middle of the field.

Here’s the frightening thing: The chant was started by three elementary-aged students, at least according to Elkhorn District Administrator Jason Tadlock. This just goes to show you that xenophobia and racism knows no age.

Ohio University

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Students at Ohio University woke up April 7 to a wall graffitied with “Trump 2016” and “Build The Wall.” According to the Athens Post, multiple members of various fraternities and sororities were at least partially responsible. Although none of the students involved will be disciplined (they remain anonymous), national fraternity and sorority organizations have cancelled Ohio University’s Greek Week in favor of events aimed at stressing the importance of diversity.

Andrean High School (Ind.)

Tonight at the Bishop Noll vs. Andrean (both private catholic high schools) basketball game, the Andrean “super fan”…

Posted by Ashley Howard on Friday, February 26, 2016

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When it comes to basketball in Indiana, much like love and death, there are no rules. That’s probably why fans of Andrean High School, a mostly white school, thought it would be a good idea to use Donald Trump as a taunt against their bitter rival, Bishop Noll, whose team has multiple Latino players. We get that sports make you do horrible things (trust, we’ve been there), but you can’t use competition as a guise to say horrific stuff and not expect people to call you out.

That ESPN Deportes sign, though, is kind of legit funny, so kudos to you, bigots.

READ: Shocking Footage of a Trump Supporter Attacking A Latino and A Muslim Surfaces

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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