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Watch George Takei Make A Solid Case About Why Donald Trump Is Like Japanese Internment Camps In Spanish

George Takei was a young boy in the 1940s during World War II. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, military officials targeted him and his family because they looked like the kind of people responsible for the attack. The U.S. government overreached and forcibly removed thousands of Japanese-Americans from their homes and placed them in internment camps around the country. Takei still remembers those years and fears that we are seeing the same kind of rhetoric from Donald Trump today as we saw from the U.S. government then.

George Takei took to Facebook to address his fans, in Spanish, on the fear of Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric.

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In the video, Takei offers a historical and very personal story about the dangers of falling for fear-filled rhetoric that does nothing more than target groups of people, and when there’s no real base for said fear.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. made the knee-jerk reaction to round up all Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast and forcibly sent them to internment camps. Takei’s family was rounded up with the rest.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

In total, about 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced from their homes and lost all their belongings because people feared that the Japanese-American population was a risk to Americans. People, like George Takei, could only take with them what they could physically carry with them. Many of those detained were U.S. citizens.

One of Takei’s major concerns is that Trump has yet to make any real plan on how he will round up undocumented immigrants. Nor has he really stated how he will vet those forcibly detained.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

All Trump has been able to say is that he will round them up and send them back in the most humane way possible, but he referenced “Operation Wetback” when saying that. “Operation Wetback” was a U.S. government sanctioned rounding up of people of Mexican descent after WWII to send them back to Mexico. U.S. citizens were among those deported and thousands died due to the conditions.

The how matters because the U.S. government was not ready for the influx of Japanese-Americans being detained meaning that Takei and his family spent four weeks sleeping and living in a horse stable at a local racetrack.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

A f*cking horse stable! Several government officials have already said that the country will not be capable of mass deporting the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country. With too few resources to actually move that many people, it would only be a matter of time that Mexican immigrant families, and possibly some U.S. citizens of Latino descent, would also find themselves in a similar situation.

Takei then points out the “a Jap is a Jap” argument, and it’s a terrifying similarity to Trump’s “a Mexican is a Mexican” mentality. Like, when he said Judge Curiel is biased because of his Mexican heritage.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

Despite the judge being born in Indiana, which makes him an American citizen at birth, Trump argued that Judge Curiel’s Mexican background automatically made him biased. This was even too far for Republican officials, though many eventually folded their tails between their legs and stood behind Trump to save their political careers.

Takei made sure to tie it together in the end. He makes the case — and a solid one at that — that what his family experienced will likely happen to Mexican immigrants if we allow Trump to win the presidency.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

For Takei, watching this is personal and will only allow for America’s dark history to repeat itself.

So, he ends the video asking Latinos to get out and vote to ensure the safety of our nation and its people.

Credit: George Takei / Facebook

And, again, he did it all in Spanish to reach as many Latinos as possible.

Watch the full video below and get ready to learn a bit about U.S. racial history.

Some thoughts, en español!Turn up the volume! Many don’t know that I speak and understand Spanish. In fact, I grew up with many Mexican American neighbors in LA. This message, regarding my own personal experience with racial demonization, is addressed in Spanish to my Latino fans and their families and friends. I hope I did the language justice.

Posted by George Takei on Wednesday, July 20, 2016


READ: Donald Trump Thinks ‘Operation Wetback’ was a Successful Example of Mass Deportation

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

I can literally talk food until my babas drip. Don’t judge. The comelón life chose me and I’m not mad at it. Because growing up Latino meant breakfast wasn’t always cereal, and dinner wasn’t always mac and cheese. I grew up con más sabor en mis platillos than most Americans. And, at the time, I didn’t even realize that many of the foods my family was trying to get me to eat were ancestral foods. From chocolate to cocoa and chia to nopalitos, I blame los ancestros for my obsession with food and all the glorious ingredients that have been passed down for generations.

My knees already feel weak, fam, because today I’m gonna be talking nopalitos. Ya me estoy chupando los dedos, thinking back to how I grew up with these babies always in the refri in that Nopalitos jar, ready to be thrown into a sauce or encima de una carne asada. It turns out this soul-feeding food is one of the OG ancestral foods that have been used by our people for thousands of years. Ahí les va un poco de historia:

The Mexica introduced the world to the “fruit of the Earth.”

In Náhuatl, the word for nopal translates to “fruit of the Earth.” I don’t know what the Náhuatl word for “bomb-delicioso” is, but in my opinion, that should also be the name for nopales. And the Aztecs must have felt this way too because one of the most famous cities in the Aztec Empire – Tenochtitlán, the empire’s religious center – was named “prickly pear on a rock.” Iconic.

According to legend, the city was built after an Azteca priest spotted an eagle perched on a nopal plant, carrying a snake in its mouth. The priest, obviously extremadamente blown away by this, ran back to his village just so he could gather everyone to check out this crazy eagle with a snake in its mouth. As they watched, the cactus beneath the eagle grew into an island – eventually becoming Tenochtitlán. I’ll give you 3 seconds to just process that. 1…2…3. Please take more time if you need it. The image of the eagle carrying a snake, its golden talons perched on a nopal growing from a rock, can now be found on the Mexican flag.

Today, we know that the Mexica were right to call nopales the plant of life.

In Mexico, it’s still common to place a handful of nopal flowers in a bath to help relax achy muscles. And nopales are becoming more popular than ever in beauty treatments to help fight aging. But, y’all are too beautiful to be needing them for that, so let’s talk about what’s important — eating them.

There are so many ways you can mix this iconic ingredient into your meals.

We should all be eating our green foods. Your tía, your abuela, your primo, everyone…except your ex. Your ex can eat basura. I said what I said. But, nopalitos are especially important. These tenacious desert plants can be eaten raw, sautéed, pickled, grilled – they’re even used as pizza toppings. Though for some people, nopales – with their spines and texture – can be intimidating. After cutting off the spines and edges, and cutting them into slices, they will bleed a clear slime. But boiling for 20 minutes will take care of that. Or make it even easier on yourself and avoid espinas by buying them all ready-to-go from the brand we all know and love, DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos.

Check it out, I’m even gonna hook it up with that good-good, because if you’re looking for ways to enjoy your nopales, I got’chu with some starter links to recipes: Hibiscus and Nopal Tacos, Nopal Tostadas, Roasted Nopales con Mole, and Lentil Soup con Nopales.  One of my personal favorite ways to eat them is in a beautiful Cactus Salad, full of color and flavor. Trust. I rate these dishes 10 out of 10, guaranteed to make your babas drip, and when you eat this ensalada de nopalitos, you will remember even your ancestors were dripping babas over this waaay before it was cool to eat plant-based foods.

So let’s give the poderoso nopal the spotlight it deserves by adding it to our shopping lists more often.

Rich in history, mythology, and practical uses, the nopal’s enduring popularity is a testament to its versatility. It’s time to give this classic ingredient the respect it deserves and recognize just how chingon our ancestors are for making nopales fire before plantbase foods were even trending.

Next time you’re at the supermercado, do your ancestors proud and add nopales to your shopping cart by picking up a jar of DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos. This easy-to-use food will definitely give you a major boost of pride in your roots. Viva los nopalitos bay-beh!

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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