A Los Angeles family is receiving thousands of messages of support on social media after defending themselves from a woman who scolded them for speaking Spanish. Carlos Steven Vasquez of Los Angeles was eating out with his family at an IHOP when an elderly woman confronted his mother for speaking Spanish.
Vasquez pulled out his cell phone and began recording the woman, who told the Vasquez family to “go back to Spain” before adding, “We speak English in America.” Vasquez’s mother, who was visibly upset, responded that she did speak English and that she worked hard as a janitor.
Vasquez posted the video to Facebook, where it has gotten more than 13 million views and nearly 400,000 shares. Vasquez wrote:
“So today at IHOP a white lady stepped in and insulted my mother for speaking Spanish. She told my mom to learn English Or get out of America.my mom does speak English with an accent though! I stepped in an didn’t let her do that. Please share!! This will not stop unless we step in. Latinos tenemos que hablar contra el RACISMO! Here’s the video of proof! Share!!!”
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