Ted Cruz got the scolding of a lifetime from Bronx natives during his campaign stop.
Gonzalo and Rodrigo Venegas had a strong and clear message for Ted Cruz: He is not welcome in the “Boogie Down Bronx.” Cruz is in New York campaigning ahead of the state’s April 19 primary. After such an impressive win in Wisconsin, you would assume that things are coming up roses for the Canadian-born politician. LOL nope.
“We are an immigrant community,” one of the Venegas brothers told reporters in the video. “Ted Cruz, he is a racist who represents the white supremacy. We are not going to allow that in our neighborhood.”
WTF was Cruz thinking? Did he really believe that New Yorkers would welcome him with open arms after sh*ttalking the Bronx in 2014? And don’t forget that the GOP candidate was also in hot water earlier this campaign season after attacking what he called “New York values.”
We’re curious to see how Cruz will try to walk back such negative comments in a state that has clearly not forgotten what he’s said. We’ll watch closely and see how this whole thing unfolds April 19.
For the past several years, the country’s educational system has been challenged over what students should be learning in school and, for a good reason. The classes, in particular, history, are antiquated and, even more importantly, incorrect. As a society, we’ve been taught a white version of America’s history, and it’s only when we get to college or continue our studies elsewhere that we begin to discover the truth. But little by little, through education reform, teachers are attempting to change that in order to teach students about the real America and how their ancestors make up the fabric of this country. Some, however, in power positions don’t want that.
A legal battle has ensued between a Bronx principal and teachers in which both parties are calling each other racist.
The issue between these two parties began in 2018 when Mercedes Liriano, a teacher at Bronx Intermediate School 224, began teaching her sixth graders about the Harlem Renaissance in her art class during Black History Month.
Patricia Catania, a white principal of that school at the time, told her to stop the lesson immediately. She took away posters that students were carrying that depicted the image of singer Lena Horne. Catania said that Liriano didn’t approve her lesson plan for Black History Month, but Liriano, a black teacher, said she submitted her entire lesson plan for the year. Furthermore, in an interview with the Washington Post, Liriano said that she has been teaching those lessons during Black History Month for the past 14 years.
Teachers and parents were so appalled that the principal would prevent the teacher from teaching the Harlem Renaissance during Black History Month that they protested the matter.
The matter last year garnered national attention, and many high-profile black activists got involved.
“We’re learning about slavery and Harriet Tubman, but she says that I’m an ELA teacher and therefore should not be teaching that,” Liriano said last year to a local news station. “But it’s part of the New York state curriculum.”
Now, months after her demotion, the former principal has filed a lawsuit against three black teachers and the union because she says they falsely accused her of being racist and claims they discriminated against her.
“There is literally not a racist thought in my head, nor a racist molecule in my body, nor have I ever made a racist comment, or acted in a racist manner in my life,” Catania said in a sworn deposition.
Her lawyer adds, “She’s been portrayed as the villain, but she’s really the victim here,” Anthony Gentile, Catania’s lawyer, said in an interview with the Post. “It was racism, pure and simple, [even though] some people may not see her as sympathetic as when this happens to a brown-skinned person.”
Liriano wrote on Twitter, “Reverse racism does not exist when we were not or have ever been the oppressors! All I have ever done was instill PRIDE! in my students! My children! By teaching them about their rich culture and true stories!!”
We shall see how this matter plays out in court.
Last year, another Bronx school official was also investigated after she made some of her black students act as slaves so they could endure what they did.
Teacher Patricia Cummings at another Bronx school had some of her black students lay on the floor to reenact a “slave trade — and then stepped on their backs to show them what slavery felt like,” The New York Daily News reports.An investigation found that she didn’t do everything she was accused of. She was still fired, and she is also suing the school board for a billion dollars. Yes, you read that right.
“They’re on the record for saying the reason I’m being terminated is because of my performance as an educator and the report,” Cummings said according to ABC News. “My performance as an educator, I’ve been rated effective by the Department of Education. I’m an effective teacher.”
New York Police Department has located missing teen Karol Sanchez. The 16-year-old girl was walking in the Bronx with her mother Monday night when she was kidnapped and thrown into a car. Surveillance video shows Sanchez’s mother desperately fighting back trying to save her daughter. The video ends with the mother being thrown to the ground before getting up and chasing the car. On Tuesday afternoon, the teenager was found safe and returned to her family. However, sources talking with police now say the entire thing was staged.
New York Police Department has found missing teenager Karol Sanchez after she was abducted by four men. However, it is being reported that she knew one of the “kidnappers.”
The teenager’s abduction shocked the Honduran community. The kidnappers had no fear of taking the child as she was walking with her mother. The grainy surveillance video has shocked the Bronx residents.
People are praising the police department in locating the missing girl.
The rare victory is a departure from the usual result of girls of color being kidnapped in the Bronx.
At around 11:20 p.m. on Monday night, 16-year-old Karol Sanchez was abducted in the Bronx by four men. The teenager was walking with her mother when a car stopped on the road and two men rushed out of the car and forced her inside. Her mother frantically tried to stop the men from abducting her daughter but they managed to throw her out of the car and speed away with Karol Sanchez. Now, authorities are searching for the men responsible but some New Yorkers blame NYPD’s slow response for making the abduction worse.
Karol Sanchez was walking in the Bronx neighborhood in New York City when a group of men kidnapped her.
The kidnapping occurred on Eagle Avenue near East 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx. According to The New York Times, the kidnapping has sent shockwaves through the Sanchez family and the tightknit Honduran community. While it is unclear who abducted the teen and why, her family and friends are desperate for her safe return.
Family friend Destiny David posted to Instagram asking for anyone with any information to help find Sanchez alive.
“We all know each other,” David told The New York Times. “We don’t know why they took her. We just want her to be found soon.”
There has been a rash of abductions of girls of color in the Bronx that has sparked concern about trafficking in the neighborhood. Over the last two years, more than two dozen girls of color have gone missing in the Bronx stoking fears of forced prostitution.
Surveillance footage released by NYPD showed the terrifying moment that Sanchez was taken in front of her mother.
In the video, Sanchez’s mother is seen trying to stop the men from taking her daughter. At one point, Sanchez’s mother gets into the car to fight off the abductors. During the tussle, one man manages to get the mother out of the car and throws her to the ground before the car speeds away. The mother then chases after the car in a heartbreaking end to a horrifying video.
The brazen abduction in front of Sanchez’s mother is a scary reality for so many people.
For years, we have been told not to walk alone late at night for fear of being abducted. It is something Latino parents have instilled in us to keep us safe. The video of two men forcing a teenager into their car while her mother fights them is challenging the sense of safety that people feel when they walk in pairs with friends.
The knowledge that kidnappers are no longer concerned with people being around it instilling fear in a community.
The grainy video shows how quickly a family’s life can change. One minute, a mother and daughter are walking home together when a group of men decides to take a human being.
A lot of people are calling out NYPD’s decision to initiate an Amber Alert 12 hours after her abduction.
New Yorkers were sent Amber Alerts about Sanchez’s abduction hours after it happened. It is a reality for communities of color to be ignored by law enforcement when people go missing or other crimes are committed.
Some people even called out the inconsistency in the Amber Alerts.
The Amber Alert for Sanchez was lacking in any information other than the neighborhood in which the abduction occurred. The lack of information is being seen as a disregard for the safe return of Sanchez to her family.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Karol Sanchez, contact local law enforcement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.