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This Top Latina Athlete Is Refusing To Run For Her College Until It Fixes Its Racism Problem

Sanjuanita “Sam” Martinez is a senior cross country and track runner at Cornell College, located in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

?WORDS CANT EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM!? Luckily, I ate my own words and finally competed in a 5k haha. Never say never. ? It was an amazing race and I'm incredibly blessed to have shared the moment with some of the most important people in my life! I just really want to thank everyone who reached out to me before and after the race. Y'all are awesome! Big thanks to my mom who, despite the distance, is always my #1 fan! Big things keep happening for our dept and I'm so excited and proud to have earned my 5th All American honor while representing Cornell. Rams hell yes! ? #indoortrackandfieldchampionships #NCAAD3 #CornellCollege #Ramily

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Martinez, a Mexican-American from Bowie, Texas, started running for Cornell College in 2012 as a freshman. Since then, she’s made a name for herself in the cross country world.

She is really good at what she does.

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A five-time All American for Cornell College, Martinez finished 19th at last year’s Division III NCAA Nationals for cross country. This season, she switched to the steeplechase category and has been killing it.

“I’m currently ranked 13th in steeple for this outdoor season, with only one race under my belt,” she told us via email. “I’m the second fastest returner for steeple, and I’m in the running (haha) for winning the national title at the end of May.”

Get. It.

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But despite having a legit shot at a national title, Martinez is willing to give that up for the greater good.

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In the last couple of weeks, students at Cornell painted over an anti-immigrant display.

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Original message: “Build a wall, make it tall.”

Altered message: “Wall or no wall, we stand tall.”

It wasn’t an isolated incident. Someone also posted this note in a dorm bathroom.

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“If I could, I would deport you myself.”

Martinez herself was a witness to this anti-Latino behavior.

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She told us that on the night of April 13, students were chalking up the college’s sidewalks with messages that read “Trump 2016,” “weak at the border” and “we have free speech.”

Martinez knew that she had to do something about all the hate being spewed. What she did involved running.

I'm still waiting @ram_athletics @cornellcollege

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By choosing to run as a non-attached athlete, Martinez would essentially be disqualifying herself from competing for the national title. For her, this sacrifice was more than worth it.

“[The] majority of the perpetrators on campus have been male athletes, some of which had already been suspended from their respective programs prior to these incidents,” she explained. “That makes me very uncomfortable not only as an athlete of color, but as a female athlete. Once I started learning who was involved, I saw even more reason for me to take the stance that I did. I feel uncomfortable in a place that I call my home.”

That’s right. She’s put a once-in-a-lifetime dream on the line to take a stand for Latinos.

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And it’s been working!

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On Monday, Cornell College President Jonathan Brand called an all-campus meeting to address the bigotry.

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But that’s not enough for Martinez, who’s still unsure about repping a school that might not have her back.

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“I’m 80 percent sure I will run the remainder of the season in my jersey. We will be having another meeting with Brand this Friday and based on what we have heard from faculty and some administrators, change is happening,” Martinez said. “I feel that based off the meeting with Brand, I will then make the ultimate decision of whether to run with the jersey or not for the remainder of the season.”

Cornell College spokesperson Jill Hawk confirmed that the administration had met with Martinez to further discuss the fracas.

“Ms. Martinez has decided that she will be running in her jersey for the remainder of the season,” Hawk said in a written statement.  “Faculty and staff met with Ms. Martinez to discuss her concerns, and they want to do whatever they can to erase any feelings of insecurity for any Cornell College students. We value all of our students and realize that the incidents that occurred last week have had an impact on the entire campus.”

Whether Martinez decides to rock the purple school jersey or not, it’s clear that her actions have started a much needed conversation at her campus.

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“I’m not naive enough to think that everything will be fixed overnight,” Martinez concluded. “We just want the proper steps to be taken so that change will happen. It will happen either in these last few weeks of the school year and even throughout the next school year, and for years to come.”

READ: Watch a High School Girl Savagely Take Down Her White, Male Teacher’s Idea Of What Racism Is

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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