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Bill O’Reilly Asked Jorge Ramos If Supporting Donald Trump’s Wall Plan Makes Him Racist

Jorge Ramos was recently on Bill O’Reilly to promote his book “Take A Stand: Lessons From Rebels.” So, what did O’Reilly want to talk about? Donald Trump. Not only does O’Reilly claim, once again, that he doesn’t know what racism is, but he also painted himself as one of Trump’s defenders. O’Reilly, maybe it’s time for you to chill out, “mi amigo.”

Bill O’Reilly was quick out of the gate, throwing unneeded shade when introducing Jorge Ramos.

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His exact quote, as his lips curled into a smile is, “The network Univision reaches millions of Spanish-speaking Americans and its primary anchor, Jorge Ramos, was actually ejected from a Donald Trump rally a few months ago. You may remember that.”

After that, it was game on.

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And Ramos came to play, honey!

Right after the intro, and before Ramos said a word, O’Reilly questioned Univision’s ability to “report fairly.”

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Remember, this is coming from a guy who works for FOX NEWS. For context, Politifact claims that 29 percent of the statements made recently on Fox News are false. Twenty percent are mainly false and 9 percent are pants on fire. Let that sink in.

But, that’s cool because Ramos shut him down quickly and interrupted him with this statement.

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O’Reilly then asked if Ramos and Univision could cover Trump’s campaign fairly since they have been so tough on him calling him “racist.” He said that Trump being a “racist” is Ramos’s subjective opinion. He continued says the reason Latinos have such a negative view of Trump is because of Univision and Ramos “demonizing him as a racist.”

Ramos responded in the best way possible.

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Told you Ramos was here to play.

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But the most memorable and telling moment of the whole interview was about that damn wall. OReillyRacist

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Spoiler Alert: O’Reilly is in favor of a wall to keep drugs out of the US…

Every Latino ever was like:

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If you have to ask…

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Watch the full exchange below:

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READ: This Is How Jorge Ramos Proved He’s A Total Bad-Ass

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Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime


Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime

The media advocacy group Define American recently released a study that focused on the way immigrant characters are depicted on television. The second-annual study is entitled “Change the Narrative, Change the World”.

Although the study reports progress in some areas of onscreen representation, there is still a long way to go.

For example, the study reported that half of the immigrant characters depicted on television are Latino, which is consistent with reality. What is not consistent with reality, however, is how crime-related storylines are still an overrepresented theme in these storylines.

The study shows that on television 22% of immigrant characters have crime storylines show up as part of their narratives. These types of storylines further pedal the false narrative that immigrants are criminals, when in reality, they’re just everyday people who are trying to lives their best lives. Ironically, this statistic is an improvement on the previous year’s statistics in which crime themes made up 34% of immigrants’ stories on TV.

These numbers are further proof that the media feels stories of Latino immigration have to be about sadness and hardship in order to be worth watching.

According to Define American’s website, their organization believes that “powerful storytelling is the catalyst that can reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.”

They believe that changing the narratives depicted in entertainment media can “reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.” 

“We wanted to determine if seeing the specific immigration storylines influenced [viewers’] attitudes, behavior, or knowledge in the real world,” said Sarah Lowe, the associate director of research and impact at Define American to Variety. “And we were reassured and inspired to see the impact it had.” 

Define American’s founder, Jose Antonio Vargas, is relatively optimistic about the study’s outcomes, saying that the report has “some promising findings” and the numbers “provide [him] with hope”. He added that there are still “many areas in which immigrant representation can improve”.

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Namely, Vargas was disappointed in television’s failure to take an intersectional approach to immigration in regards to undocumented Black immigrants. 

“Black undocumented immigrants are detained and deported at higher rates than other ethnic groups,” Vargas told Variety. “But their stories are largely left off-screen and left out of the larger narrative around immigration.” 

“Change the Narrative, Change the World” also showed that Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants are also under-represented on television compared with reality. Also worth noting, male immigrants were over-represented on television compared to reality, while immigrants with disabilities were also under-represented.

The study also showed that when viewers are exposed to TV storylines that humanize immigrants, they’re more likely to take action on immigration issues themselves. 

The effect that fictional entertainment narratives have on viewers further proves that representation does, indeed, matter. What we watch as entertainment changes the way we think about other people’s lived experiences. And that, in turn, can change the world.

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong


Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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