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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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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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