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Jorge Ramos’ “Hate Rising” Is Like Borat, But Without The Jokes, And Even More Racism

CREDIT: THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT / CBS

Jorge Ramos joined Stephen Colbert last night to talk about his new documentary, “Hate Rising.”

The documentary covers the current state of racism in the U.S., like the recent rise of white supremacism, the Alt-Right, and neo-Nazism, which Jorge ties directly to the rise of Trump’s presidential run. When Colbert asked, “Do you think [Trump] is just the expression of something that is already existent in our culture?” Ramos immediately responds, “It exists right now, but [Trump] has allowed white supremacist groups and neo-Nazis to express opinions and prejudices that before they were only saying to themselves.” Often times, people claim that their racism is a way to fight the politically correct thinking that is ruining this country. Others claim that their racism is a right given to them by God. Jorge Ramos knew it would be difficult to get into the minds of people that embrace these kinds of thoughts.

To get the footage he needed for “Hate Rising,” Jorge Ramos had to work in very dangerous conditions.

CREDIT: HATE RISING / FUSION

Jorge recounted a story of the time he went to Ohio, where he was at a gathering of about 30 neo-Nazis that were burning a swastika. Jorge’s producer and director would not let him talk the entire time they were there, about three hours. When Colbert asked why, Ramos replied, “Because it’s not safe. First of all, you don’t make small talk with white supremacists. What are you going ask them? What’s your favorite color?” Jorge also explained that his accent fed into people’s anger towards immigrants.

Speaking of dangerous places, Ramos told Colbert about the time Trump’s bodyguards tossed him out of a press conference after he attempted to ask a question.

CREDIT: THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT / CBS

This revelation drew gasps from The Late Show audience. This sort of comparison might seem shocking to some, but we at mitú have already dragged Trump for his similarities to other Latin American dictators.

Fusion airs “Hate Rising” Sunday, Oct. 23, in English. To watch in Spanish, you can check it out at the same time on Univision.


READ: Donald Trump Threatening To Imprison His Political Opponent Should Terrify You

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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

Photo: Polk County Jail via Associated Press

On Wednesday, an Iowa woman pled guilty to federal hate crime charges. The woman, 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, intentionally hit a 12-year-old Black boy and a 14-year-old Latina with her car in 2019. The charges include two counts of violating the U.S Hate Crime Act, as Poole Franklin intended to kill the victims because of their ethnicity.

Nicole Poole Franklin admitted to authorities that she targeted the girl because she thought she looked “Mexican”. She thought the boy was an Islamic terrorist.

As part of her defense, Poole Franklin is claiming that she suffers from schizophrenia and PTSD. Since her arrest, she admitted to police officers that she smoked meth before going on her hate-filled rampage.

The incident, which happened in December of 2019, struck fear into the hearts of communities of color in Des Moines, Iowa, where the hate crimes took place. “Anytime things happen to any minority, people are concerned about what happened,” said Joe Gonzalez, the executive director of Latino Resources Inc. in Iowa. “It was a horrific thing and people were concerned — especially people of color.”

When Nicole Poole Franklin ran over the children, she injured the boy’s leg. The girl, Natalia Miranda, was knocked unconscious and hospitalized for two days.

Natalia Miranda was walking to junior high school on December 9, 2019, when Poole Franklin ran her down on the side walk. Miranda was unconscious for 40 minutes before she woke up and walked to school, where she alerted the authorities.

Natalia Miranda says she remembers the car speeding towards her, but she doesn’t remember being hit. “I was in the hospital and I tried moving, and I couldn’t get out of my bed,” the 14-year-old told KCCI. “Sitting up was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

As of now, prosecutors are recommending that Nicole Poole Franklin serve 27 years behind bars.

Poole Franklin is also looking at two charges of attempted murder–both of which could carry up to 25 years each. Prosecutors are recommending that she serves all of the jailtime–state and federal–at the same time.

Here’s to hoping that the justice system does what is right and puts Nicole Poole Franklin behind bars for a long time–if only to save the lives of innocent children of color whose only crime is walking down the street.

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

Photo via @the_asian_dawn/Instagram

In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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