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Latino Man Killed in Wisconsin For Not Speaking English

On March 6, Dan J. Popp, a 39-year-old white man living in Milwaukee, Wis., asked his neighbor Jesus Manso-Perez if he wanted a beer. He declined and Popp followed up his hospitable gesture by asking where Manso-Perez, who was accompanied by his 18-year-old son, was from. Puerto Rico, he answered.

“Oh, that’s why you don’t speak English,” Popp replied, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You’re Puerto Rican.” Moments later, Popp would kill Manso-Perez.

“You guys got to go.”

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According to the aforementioned criminal complaint, Manso-Perez and his son, whose identity still remains anonymous, headed down to their apartment building’s basement to do laundry. Popp followed shortly thereafter, only instead of beers, he had a rifle and a pistol with him.

“You guys got to go,” Popp allegedly said. He then shot Manso-Perez at point blank. Popp fired again, presumably at the now-fatherless teen, but missed. He didn’t stop there. That same day, the alleged murderer kicked down the door of a unit occupied by Phia and Mia Vue — a Hmong couple — and their four children. Phia and Mia were also shot and killed.

Popp surrendered to the police soon after. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of first-degree attempted intentional homicide.

This isn’t a hate crime, at least not yet.

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Despite witness testimony that suggests the three killings were racially motivated, Popp has not been charged with a hate crime. Unsurprisingly, this has not sat well with multiple advocacy groups.

“This act needs to be labeled what it is,” Darryl D. Morin of the League of United Latin American Citizens told the Journal Sentinel. “It is important that our community, our city, our state and, in fact, our nation admit that hate does exist and where we see it, we must identify it.”

A Change.org petition demanding asking for hate crime charges has also circulated online, where it has collected nearly 2,500 signatures.

Although Wisconsin has the 25th largest Latino population in the country, Latinos are the largest minority group in the state.  Similarly, the Hmong community in Milwaukee has seen exponential growth over the last decade.  The future of this country will be Latino and Asian, something that has been reflected in Milwaukee’s population. For Popp, that reality appears to have been too much to handle.

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‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

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‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

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Another day and another white person – or in this case, a white couple – have terrorized a person of color and gone viral in the process. Many are calling this white couple ‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ after video shows them blocking a Latino man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas, the Mexican-American man who the couple targeted, filmed the incident just as the couple became violent and threatened him with further violence.

The encounter is just the latest after a barrage of similar instances of racial profiling that have continued over the backdrop of anti-racism protests. 

A now viral video shows a white couple blocking a Mexican-American man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas was pulling into his apartment complex’s garage in San Francisco, when he became the latest victim of a ‘Karen’ and ‘Ken.’ He had just returned home from grocery shopping and used his key fob to open the building’s garage door when suddenly a white SUV pulled in ahead of him and refused to move forward.

The couple in the white SUV claimed Barajas was trespassing, called him a criminal and threatened to call the police.

“That’s fine. Call the cops. Why are you even calling the cops about, Karen?” the video shows Barajas responding.

In an Instagram post, Barajas said the white man “thought I was trying to tailgate them to break in and rob them.” One of Barajas’ neighbors, who is also white, was outside smoking and intervened in the situation. The driver then got out of a white SUV with Florida plates, beat the neighbor up, “and threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave,” said Barajas.

Barajas says he started filming the incident once the couple got aggressive and threatening.

Barajas, 28, told NBC’s Bay Area affiliate KNTV that the situation kept escalating and turned dramatic when the white man in the car got aggressive, which prompted him to start recording.

“Given the current political climate, and certainly I’m Mexican American, and that rhetoric of us being criminals, it just hit hard, it hit close to home,” Barajas told KNTV.

After several minutes, a bystander who also lives in the apartment complex, intervened. “Dude, pull into your space or go!” the bystander said.

The man, who has since been identified as William Beasley, then exits the SUV from the passenger side, confronts the person who hit his car and reportedly assaults him by knocking him to the ground, according to ABC7 News

According to Barajas, the woman in the SUV then got out to try and coax Beasley back into the car. She also allegedly tried to pay Barajas and the neighbor (who had been assaulted) to not call the cops or file charges.

Since the video’s release, the white man – William Beasley – has been fired from his tech job.

Barajas shared the video of the incident to his Instagram, where it has been seen more than 150,000 times.

Since the video was uploaded, APEX Systems, where Beasley was an employee, has fired him after conducting an internal review of the incident. In a brief statement, they said they would not “tolerate violent or racist behavior of any kind.”

And the apartment complex where the encounter took place, SOMA Residences, said in a statement that they’re ‘actively working to resolve’ the incident and do not condone ‘violent acts, aggression toward any residents, discrimination and harassment.’

Barajas said he’s satisfied with the outcome and feels inspired to keep speaking out on behalf of minorities.

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From his apartment complex to the bystander who intervened on his behalf, Barajas said he’s grateful for the response he’s received and for how far he’s been able to come in life.

“I’ve always been from a really poor, poor immigrant family, so I think what happened just struck very hard for me. I felt, for me, that I do not belong here,” he said in a now-deleted Instagram post.

In the same post, he questions what would have happened had this happened to an undocumented person and didn’t know how to handle the situation? It’s a very good point that will cause many people to pause and re-examine how they react to situations like this one.

VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

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VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

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Another day, another viral video on social media of a racist person getting confronted. This time, a white woman in Sacramento got punched by a Black woman after calling her the N-word.

Another Karen is going viral after calling a Black woman the N-word. *Warning: Strong Language*

Social media has proven to be the best tool to catch these racist incidents as they happen. There have been several videos to be posted recently. Tbh, it seems that the videos are much more common after some people were forced to spend time at home away from people. That racism seems to have just been waiting to come out.

Like any other video on social media, people have their own opinions.

Most people on the Internet are siding with the woman who threw the punches. The country is having a reckoning moment with racism. Protesters have been marching in major cities demanding police reform, which is happening. With emotions running high, these examples of racial tensions exploding are indicative of the place the country is in.

Across the board, people agree the violence is wrong but people of color are finding it hard to totally disavow what happened.

Hate crimes have significantly increased since President Trump took office. The FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes against several minority groups across the country during Trump’s time in office. This increase comes after hate groups grew at alarming rates during the Obama administration in response to Barack Obama’s victory.

People are tired of being subjected to bigoted and dangerous rhetoric. The temperament of the American people went from excusing this behavior to a majority of Americans seeking to become anti-racist.

Yet, people are still coming with jokes on social media.

According to TMZ, the police responded to a call at the convenience store and the white woman was being treated for minor injuries. She originally did not want to press charges but changed her mind. TMZ reports that the Sacramento Police Department claims the Black woman in the video has not been arrested yet her husband claims she has.

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