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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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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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