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A Teacher Was Fired After They Told A Student That Trump Would Deport Him Because He Didn’t Wear A Belt To School

It’s no coincidence that ever since Donald Trump became the President of the United States, there has been a spike in hate crimes — both physical and verbal — and the numbers only continue to rise. It seems that every day, we keep uncovering stories of discrimination and racism toward communities of color. More specifically and more recently, Latinx communities have been at the center of these hate crimes. 

From viral videos of white people telling folks to “stop speaking Spanish” or telling folks “you don’t belong here,” to mass shootings — it seems as though our community cannot catch a break. 

In late August, it was reported that the parents of a 14-year-old Latinx student at Lancaster ISD’s Obama 9th Grade Center in Texas were furious after they found out a teacher had threatened their son with deportation.

According to the mother of the teen, this all happened over a dress code violation. The teen didn’t wear a belt to school and the school dress code states that belts are “required.” The mother also tells CBS 11 that the teacher was trying to teach her son a lesson for responding, “yeah,” instead of “yes sir.” 

The teacher then went as far as telling the student that “even though you are a citizen, Trump is working on a law where he can deport you, too, because of your mom’s status.” After telling the student this, the teacher showed her son a coin with the word, “ICE.”

The teen then texted his mother about the incident and his parents went to the school to address the teacher and administration themselves. 

This incident in Lancaster, Texas is only one more case of discrimination and racism against Latinos that we’ve seen in the news lately. 

According to a report by the Associated Press published after the mass shooting in El Paso, extremism experts believe that President Donald Trump’s use of language like “invasion of illegals” — words that were also echoed in the manifesto by the El Paso shooting gunman, is no accident. “They say historical data suggests a link between heated rhetoric from top political leaders and ensuing reports of hate crimes, only adding to the fears of those who could be targeted,” writes Michael Kunzelman and Astrid Galvan of AP. 

Statistics released by the FBI last year showed that hate crimes in the U.S. increased by 17% in 2017 compared to the previous year. This marked the third consecutive year of an increase in hate crimes. “There were 7,175 hate crime incidents in 2017, and of the crimes motivated by hatred over race or ethnicity, nearly half involved African-Americans and 11% were anti-Hispanic,” the AP reports.

It’s needless to say that we’re aware that these discriminations and hatred against black and brown communities have long been in place before men like Donald Trump have taken office. 

But, what data suggests here and what we keep yelling from the rooftops, is that while racism has existed long before this bigot has been in office — his administration has done nothing to dismantle that. In fact, all they’ve done is continue to feed the vicious cycle of racism and discrimination against communities of color. 

As a result of a racist president that has no respect for communities of color — in any way, shape, or form, other folks find it easier to say racist things and feel even more entitled to act on those thoughts without thinking of the consequences. 

In a statement from the district, Lancaster ISD said it did not support “nor tolerate behavior that promotes division.”

“Our district takes pride in being an inclusive district that puts students first regardless of their background. It is our goal to ensure a quality education for all students and a safe learning environment,” the statement continued.

However, it looks like “safe” is far from how the teen student feels. 

According to CBS 11, he refused to be identified for fear of retaliation against his family. His mother also told the publication, “you’re basically scaring him. Now, he thinks I’m going to get deported. Now, he thinks he might get deported.”

No student or young kid should feel this way especially inflicted by an adult that’s supposed to someone they trust. 

According to CBS 11, a school board meeting was organized in response to the incident in order to plan for a more effective way to handle future incidents like this. A spokesperson for the school district confirmed that the Lancaster ISD school employee accused of threatening the teen with deportation was no longer employed there.  According to Yahoo Lifestylethe mother of the teen boy said that two other families had also said the same teacher made other deportation threats. 

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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