Bernie Sanders Ad Puts a Face to Those Who Pick the Food You Eat
One of the biggest criticisms people have of Bernie Sanders is that his message of income inequality brushes aside the needs of communities of color. This ad, titled “Tenemos Familias,” does a fantastic job at invalidating that argument.
The 5-minute video, which is as much a short documentary as it is a campaign ad, focuses on Udelia, a migrant worker picking tomatoes in Immokalee, Flo. Udelia talks about the abuse she and other migrant workers have gone through all to make what’s pretty much slave wages. Despite the injustice and adversity, Udelia’s tone is hopeful; she believes that her sacrifices will make the American Dream possible for her children. If this video doesn’t pull at your heart strings, consult your doctor because you might not have one at all.
“Tenemos Familia” will run nationally on Univision this Thursday evening. The Sanders campaign hopes it will help move the needle with Latino voters in Florida (their Democratic primary takes place on March 15), a state where Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead over him.
When applying to most local, federal, and government jobs, one of the skills that a majority of employers look for is whether or not the applicant speaks Spanish. Being bilingual in English and Spanish in this country is beneficial to the employer, their customers, and the employee because typically the job is supposed to have a better salary. There are also some places in the country that have large populations of people who speak Spanish and are more comfortable functioning in that language.
There are an estimated 41 million people that speak Spanish in the U.S., or 13 percent of the population, according to Babble. So, speaking Spanish isn’t — at least it should be — a big deal, in fact, it’s quite common. But in Trump America, it’s another story.
Seven female workers with the Florida Department of Health are coming forward to say they have gotten direct instructions not to speak Spanish in the office.
The women say that even though they were hired because of their Spanish-speaking skills, so they could communicate better with their patients, they are now told not to speak the language with one another in the office.
“We speak in English to the Anglo-Saxons because we are polite, but we speak Spanish with each other because we think in Spanish,” MairylÍ Miranda, a nurse, told El Nuevo DÍa. “But one day they gathered us all together and warned us that if we continued to do so, we would be fired. But there is no law that bans us from speaking Spanish.”
The seven women on the complaint work at a Florida Department of Health clinic in Haines City, and are also all Puerto Rican.
Aside from nurses, the employees on the complaint include an administrative assistant and a secretary. The Florida Department of Health has yet to make a public comment about these allegations. They also allege that management has been on them to stop speaking Spanish for quite some time, but it has only gotten worse in the past year. An official harassment report has been filed to the police department, but the women said nothing has yet to be done.
“It feels like you’re a criminal like you’re doing something that is wrong,” Miranda said, according to Bay News 9. “Never in my life did I think I was going to go through a situation like this one.”
Some people may assume that these employees are speaking Spanish in a way that others may think is rude. But they claim they are very professional at work and never speak Spanish around someone that may not understand them.
While these claims aren’t surprising, especially under this tense and traumatic Trump-era racism, it’s reassuring to know that state and local officials are supporting these employees.
“Haines City is a well-diversified community,” Haines City Mayor Morris West said in a conference, according to the Palm Beach Post. “The facility that’s in question is in Haines City but is not a city of Haines City facility. I stand on behalf of these nurses that’s been [facing] allegations of discrimination against them. Haines City and my staff stand ready to support you nurses from any discrimination.”
Other advocates of these women include Respeta Mi Gente Coalition, which includes Alianza for Progress, Boricua Vota, Hispanic Federation, Misión Boricua, and Organize Florida. U.S. Rep. Darren Soto is also backing these women.
It’s important to note that the United States does not have an official language.
There is nothing in the Constitution that states people in the United States, both citizens or otherwise, have to speak English and English only. Scholars say that the Founding Fathers didn’t include a clause about the English language because immigrants of the 13 colonies spoke other languages, including Dutch, French, and German. Native Americans spoke different languages as well.
Lawmakers in the past, as recent as 2006, have attempted to make English the official language but thankfully, because of our democracy, the votes have never gone past the House. That doesn’t mean local and government officials haven’t tried to force English on everyone. It’s just part of our assimilation whether we like it or not.
So the next time someone is yelling racist things such as “stop speaking Spanish” just yell back “English is not the official language of this country. Bye!”
In the three years since Donald Trump became president of the U.S., more and more racist people feel entitled to demand strangers to speak English only, and not their native tongue. They know they’ll be recorded. They know it will be seen by millions on social media, and they know they’ll be outed. And they don’t care. As we said, they have no shame. This latest case of racist outburst is particularly interesting because it is not a white person shouting like a crazy person (we know, very surprising), but a fellow minority. What the heck?!
A woman of Indian descent told a Latino to “go back where you came from” at a 7-Eleven in Florida.
The incident began this week when a woman with “a thick Middle-Eastern accent” began berating a 7-Eleven employee because she charged her getting two Big Gulp cups. The aggressor was there to redeem items with her rewards card, but not all of the items she was getting as part of the deal, the Miami-Herald reports.
When the 7-Eleven clerk charged her for the extra items, that is when she lost it.
“Latinos, you suck!! You’re not educated enough! Go back to where you came from! We don’t want you here,” the woman said directly into the camera.
But with so much irony to her statement, the 7-Eleven clerk fired back brilliantly. He told her, “You’re not American, either.”
Now we’re not supporting anyone telling someone else they’re not American. However, minorities should be supporting each other through these tense and chaotic times in the U.S., not pile on the racism.
The clerk told the woman, “welcome to America, where you have to pay for things you buy.”
The woman would not stop with the insults and then told the man that his mom was a “Colombian prostitute.”
This lady has no idea who she’s speaking to and would be very surprised to know that the 7-Eleven clerk was a former doctor.
According to Telemundo, the 7-Eleven clerk is Manoreys Rojas Hernández, and that he used to work as a doctor, but he defected from a mission of the Cuban government to Ecuador in order to reach the United States. The Spanish network also adds that he has worked at 7-Eleven for quite some time while his daughter is still in Cuba. He has not seen her for four years. He tried to visit her in Cuba, but the government did not allow him to enter the island.
The woman had the nerve to come back again the following day.
We guess she had not had enough of provoking a confrontation, so she returned to the 7-Eleven and tried to buy cigarettes before the clerk asked her to leave.
She proceeded to insult his mother again and called her a “Colombian prostitute”…again. We guess she’s both out of derogatory names and has something against Colombian women.
A local news station tried to reach out to the 7-Eleven clerk but reported back that he went on vacation.
On July 14, Trump attacked four Democratic congresswomen of color by telling them in three separate tweets that they should go back where they came from.
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly,” he tweeted, “and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
The tirade of words has propelled countless of other racists to spew the hateful phrase to many. One quick Google search will show you just how bad it is out there.