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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.

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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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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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

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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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