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This Mexican-American Teacher Has Been Put On Leave For Comparing Trump To Hitler

He said he would do it again.

A history teacher from Mountain View High School in Mountain View, Calif., has been placed on paid leave after comparing President-Elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler during a history lesson. Frank Navarro has been a teacher at Mountain View High School for 40 years and is a Holocaust expert, according to The Mercury News. Navarro studied at the International Center for the Study of the Holocaust in Jerusalem and was a Mandel Fellow for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1997. Navarro claims that the history lesson, that was reported by a parent and student via email, was not based on his own personal opinion or political leanings. Instead, Navarro says that his lesson was based on historical fact.

The Mexican-American schoolteacher sees no problem with the lesson he taught to his students.

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“This feels like we’re trying to squash free speech,” Navarro told The Mercury News. “Everything I talk about is factually based. They can go and check it out. It’s not propaganda or bias if it’s based on hard facts.”

Navarro also says that he was never shown the email that was sent by a concerned parent nor did the school take their own look at the history lesson in question.

The Holocaust scholar and expert didn’t set out to present Trump as a modern-day Hitler. Instead, he spoke about both candidates and drew parallels to 1930s Germany.

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Navarro also drew parallels between Hitler’s attack on Jews and Poles, to Trump’s attack on the Muslim-American community.

“I said [to school officials], ‘I’m not pulling these facts out of my hat. It’s based on experience and work and if I’m wrong, show we where I’m wrong,'” Navarro told The Mercury News. “And there was silence.”

Navarro was touched after learning some of his students started a petition to get him back into the classroom. When asked if he would teach the same lesson again, he said:

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“I’ve had Mexican kids come and say, ‘Hey, Mr. Navarro, I might be deported,'” Navarro told The Mercury News. “Is it better to see bigotry and say nothing? That’s what the principal was telling me. In my silence, I would be substantiating the bigotry.”


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A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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Sebastian is a young boy who was growing up in Colombia with no biological relatives. A program called Kidsave’s Summer Miracles connected Sebastian with the Barkey family for a summer. During that time, the family fell in love with Sebastian and they decided to secretly adopt him after the program ended and he flew back to Colombia.

The Barkey family fell in love with Sebastian after hosting him for a summer so they decided to adopt him.

Orphan Reunited With Family

After spending summer with the Barkey family in the U.S, Colombian orphan Sebastian has become a part of the family…👨‍👩‍👦

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The adoption was a true family affair. All of the Barkey children and their parents boarded a flight to Colombia to collect the newest member of their family. The reunion was caught on camera and it is a sweet and honest representation of modern families.

The moment Sebastian sees the Barkey family is an emotional experience for everyone in the room.

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Sebastian is walked through the hallways of the adoption agency and led into a room with the family he has grown to love. He is immediately surrounded by the Barkey family who smothers him in hugs. The feeling of excitement and love is palpable from the video.

Sebastian even signed the adoption papers using his new last name: Barkey.

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Congratulations, Sebastian. And well done, Barkey family. What a touching and sweet moment captured on camera.

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Latinos Are Taking To Twitter To Call Out The Stereotypes And Tropes In The Criticized Novel ‘American Dirt’

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Latinos Are Taking To Twitter To Call Out The Stereotypes And Tropes In The Criticized Novel ‘American Dirt’

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“American Dirt” is one novel grabbing all of the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The book, written by a Puerto Rican woman, has been dragged for relying on stereotypes and tropes about Mexicans to tell a tale of migrating to the U.S. Several celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, have praised the book sparking a more severe backlash from people. The novel has led to a Twitter trend of Latinos writing their own Latino novels using the same kinds of stereotypes found throughout the book.

Latinos on Twitter are dragging “American Dirt” author Jeanine Cummins.

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Social media has been calling out Jeanine Cummins and everyone who has endorsed “American Dirt.” The main complaint has been the insensitive and stereotypical writing trying to tell a Mexican story from a non-Mexican writer.

It wasn’t long until Latino Twitter users took to the micro-blogging site to show how ludicrous the book is.

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Several creatives have shared paragraphs playing up tired and offensive stereotypes to shine a light on what they see in “American Dirt.” Some stars, like Salma Hayek, have had to apologize for promoting the book without reading it.

Latinos from all walks, not just Mexican, have joined in on the social media trend.

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There have long been discussions about the proper representation of Latinos in media. From books to movies to television to comics, the conversations have long revolved around the lack of the people telling the stories. “American Dirt” is another example of someone not from an experience writing about the experience and totally missing the mark.

Some of the tweets are short and sweet but pack a punch.

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The backlash against “American Dirt” has been so strong and sustained that even Oprah Winfrey has had to change her tune. The media megastar has announced a deeper panel discussion about the book to really bring to light the underlying frustrations with the books.

Latinos have long been underrepresented and ignored but it seems critics are on track to win this battle.

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What do you think about the controversy around “American Dirt” and the celebrities who praised and promoted it without reading it?

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