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A Woman On A Flight To NYC Was Told By A Man To Stop Speaking Spanish And The Passengers Swept In With All The Support

No doubt about it, 2019 has served people of color some caca. From our current U.S. president telling congresswomen of color to “go back” to their “crime-infested” countries to a white woman telling a Puerto Rican woman, “I hope Trump deports you,” it’s no surprise when yet another story of racism and bigotry goes viral. 

But just as important as highlighting the rising trend of racism in our country, is showcasing when bystanders stand up for fellow citizens and put racists in their place. 

The latest incident of racism concluded with a somewhat positive spin.

Last week, film and television producer Jaime Primak, who is of Italian descent, and stars in Bravo’s hit show “Jersey Belle,”  tweeted that she was on a plane to New York City when a racist passenger told her to “please stop speaking Spanish.” 

“In his defense,” Primak tweeted. “It’s very early and he’s racist.” 

And in a refreshing turn of events, Primak went on to share that, “the man next to him STARTED SPEAKING SPANISH and then the flight attendant and my GOD I have never wanted to get up and dance more than I do now.” 

Primak’s tweet quickly went viral with people offering their support.

Whick like, yes ma’am thank you for your care and support.  

Of course, incidents like this are not isolated and we won’t be the last time this makes headlines.

This past year in March, not even three months into 2019, we reported that we had already seen multiple examples of racism against Latinos go viral. Latinos continued to be fired from their jobs or harassed in public simply for speaking Spanish. The first ICE raid of a large employer in over ten years forever changed 100 immigrant lives. Despite Democratic control of the House, the federal government continues to expand ICE’s reach.

One example was of a woman being harassed at a Walmart for speaking Spanish.

Credit: Dulce Nereyda / Facebook

According to the video, Nereyda was at Walmart and was speaking Spanish with her mother. That’s when this man spoke up and told her that she needed to stop speaking Spanish because she was in the U.S. Newsflash, viejito, English is not the official language of this country and, in fact, English is the language forced on the country by European colonizers. If you really want to show respect to this country, maybe start by learning it’s history before you tell people you can’t wait for Trump to use your tax dollars to build the border wall.

And in the same way Latinos and other communities of color rallied behind the Nereyda, Primak saw an endless outpour of support when something similar happened to her. 

People on social media were quick to have Primak’s back and offer words of support. 

One Twitter user said, “I don’t even speak Spanish” but he would have still gone at it just to annoy the man. This is the kind of solidarity we need!

Another Twitter asked Primak, “what airline?” Yeah, what airline? We’re ready to book our flight tbh. 

You don’t have to tell us twice after seeing what the flight attendant did for Primak. 

Others said that they would have started swearing at the man in other languages besides Spanish. SAME! 

“I can’t speak Spanish but would probably have started swearing at him in a variety of other languages,” @scrapchallenge1 wrote in a tweet. “I had a rather international upbringing and can swear in French, Dutch, German, Arabic, Turkish, and Hong Kong Chinese.” 

Another pointed out that the man is in for a treat since “over 800 languages” are spoken in New York City. 

You tried it, bud. #SorryNotSorry 

@HeathenCandor on Twitter shared her experience with teaching English to students traveling from Spain to New York. 

“I had a few students who specifically studied for their trip to New York,” she writes. “After they returned they’d say with a bemused look: ‘I didn’t even need to speak English. People came out of nowhere & offered to help in Spanish.’”

Someone pointed out that in Europe, for example, it would almost be embarrassing not to know more than one language.  

“Seriously, what’s with some people about speaking multiple langs? It’s so common, so normal, and part of the richness of life. Power? Fear, but of what? In Europe, you’d be embarrassed not to know more than 1.” 

Another woman says she’s “waiting for this to happen to me” so she can put whoever in their place. 

“I’m the child of immigrants and though I was born here, English wasn’t my first language. I speak with my grandma in her native tongue and I’m loud. Come at me,” she tweeted. We’re with ya, girl.

Despite the unfortunate and downright disgusting incident, it’s refreshing to see that other folks continue to stick up for their communities. Let’s keep supporting one another y que sigamos hablando Espanol y cualquier otro lenguaje! 

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Disturbing Video Shows Workers Feeding White Kids First At A Georgia Daycare

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Disturbing Video Shows Workers Feeding White Kids First At A Georgia Daycare

Schools and daycares are supposed to be safe spaces for kids to be able to learn and to express themselves. However, we know that isn’t always the case. For years, children have had to fear gun violence on campus, bullying, and sexual assaults.

A recent video that’s gone viral shows that even younger kids aren’t safe from trauma, as a daycare in Georgia is being accused of blatant racism against its Black kids.

Young kids are experiencing hate and racism even at places meant to be safe for them.

The Kids ‘R’ Kids daycare center in Roswell, on the outskirts of Atlanta, has been accused of racism after a father checked in to the live feed at lunch time to see how his two-year-old son was doing and noticed that the white children were all fed first while the Black children were made to wait.

Adryan McCauley told CBS46: “They were skipping all of the Black kids it seemed like. All the white kids got their lunch, and all the Black kids had to wait. From the videos and pictures that we saw today, we are just completely disturbed.”

McCauley took a screenshot which he posted to Instagram, but the full video has not been released. He added that the boy’s mother asked the nursery what had happened and was reportedly told by the director: “I’m not really sure because I’m not in the classroom, maybe it’s a dietary thing.”

One of the families was sure to share what happened with the public.

According to the Daily Mail, the family of the 2-year-old posted the screenshot to Instagram, where it went viral.

“This is truly unbelievable. You better know this won’t be the last time you hear from me on this,” user @marquis_dagreat wrote, along with the screenshot. “Why does every white kid have their food? Not one black child has food in front of them! Thank God for cameras in classrooms because there is no way to hide this racism!”

“In the year 2021 this is truly unbelievable. As blacks we always strive to send our kids to schools in Suburban area’s [sic], but I’m telling you first hand that is not always best,” they continued. “This is not a black or white issue this is simply wrong!”

The brand behind the daycare has cut ties with the Georgia location.

The corporate office responded on Thursday by calling the screenshot “disturbing” and cutting ties with the location in question. 

“Our company has decided to terminate that franchisee’s Kids ‘R’ Kids contract and branding, effective immediately, leaving them to operate independently,” President and CEO David Vinson said in the statement, posted to Instagram. “We apologize to the family, the community and all of those impacted by this situation and will use this as a learning tool to remind our Kids ‘R’ Kids staff on the importance of diversity and inclusivity.”

Vinson added that the corporate office will help locate alternate preschool options for families displaced by the decision. 

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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