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White Parent Shouts ‘Why Didn’t You Stay In Mexico?” At Father During School Meeting To Address Racist Incidents

Far too often we talk of stories about racist White people caught on video berating people of color or calling police on them for mundane, everyday tasks. Unfortunately, this is another one of those stories but one with a level of irony that seems like it was completely lost on the man who hurled the racist insult.

Racism in the United States continues to tear apart communities – and, as this story shows, even in communities that are working to try and address the concerns of people most affected.

A viral video shows a Michigan dad asking a Latino man why he didn’t ‘stay in Mexico’ during a school meeting about racism.

A community meeting meant to address concerns over racism in a Michigan school district appeared to become proof of the problem after a white parent suggested to a Latino father that he shouldn’t have immigrated to the United States.

Adrian Iraola, who came to the U.S. from Mexico and whose now-grown children went through the schools in Saline, recalled his son’s experience of racism in the district.

“I went to his bedroom to say good night, and he was crying because of the abuse that he was enduring in this school system,” Iraola said at the school board meeting Monday in the largely-white district south of Ann Arbor.

Iraola was interrupted by a white parent, Tom Burtell, who said, “So why didn’t you stay in Mexico?”

Reactions from other parents in the room were mostly of shock and disgust.

The comment drew loud gasps and threw the February 3 meeting into pandemonium, with multiple parents yelling at the father to leave the meeting, some standing up, and one shouting, “That is disgusting.”

“That’s indicative of what our kids are experiencing: comments like that,” another father said.

However, at least one person seemed to come to Burtell’s defense saying that the meeting was a “platform for discussion,” to which Burtell responses, “That’s right.”

“Then explain yourself,” an audience member said to Burtell. “You interrupted [Iraola]. Take the mic.”

Iraola, still with mic in hand, then said, “He asked me a question, ‘Why didn’t I stay in Mexico?’ Because this is the greatest country in the world.”

But Burrell wasn’t done yet.

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During the meeting, Burtell also complained about discrimination being faced by white people.

“You think that … whites are the oppressors,” he said. “Here’s the evidence. You’ve got black racism all the time… try to be white and walk in a black neighborhood and see what happens.”

Even Burtell’s own son took to Facebook to call his father out for his racist comment.

Today my father asked a deliberately racist question at the Saline Area Schools diversity and inclusion meeting.His…

Posted by Matt Burtell on Monday, February 3, 2020

His comments were so provocative that Burtell’s son, Matt, condemned him in a Facebook post.

“Today my father asked a deliberately racist question at the Saline Area Schools diversity and inclusion meeting. His views of hate in no way represent my own,” Matt Burtell wrote. “I stand in solidarity with the refugees and immigrants of the world.”

The meeting was originally called to address racist bullying and taunts experienced by children at the school.

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The meeting had originally been organized to address instances of racism at high schools in the town of Saline, and a Latino father had taken the microphone to discuss how his son suffered from racist taunts in school.

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A Racist White Woman Was Caught On Video Telling Black Neighbor To “Act White” Because It’s A White Neighborhood

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A Racist White Woman Was Caught On Video Telling Black Neighbor To “Act White” Because It’s A White Neighborhood

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Surprise, surprise! Another racist white woman ahs been caught on camera harassing her Black neighbors. This time the target was a Black family who had been neighbors of the alleged racist for more than ten years.

It seems that every week we see new videos going viral involving white peoples being racists. In some of these incidents, these individuals have threatened or called the police on Black Americans doing seemingly routine or nonthreatening activities.

Such actions from white Americans have received heightened national scrutiny, particularly in the wake of the Black Lives Matter and anti-racism demonstrations that have taken place across the country and around the world in the past several months. Demonstrators have called for an end to systemic racism in U.S. society, and in particular for major police reforms and changes to the justice system.

But none of that seemed to matter to this woman who wanted her Black neighbors to start acting white.

A White woman is going viral after threatening her Black neighbor and telling her to “act white.”

The Jones family, who have lived in California’s Discovery Bay neighborhood for more than ten years, captured their neighbor asking, “Why don’t you act like a white person in a white neighborhood?”

According to the family, who spoke with local media, they haven’t previously had any problems with white neighbors. But that changed when a white neighbor confronted them on Monday, in an incident that was captured on video.

Gerritt Jones and his family have lived in the Bay Area neighborhood for 12 years and say they’ve never had any issues involving the woman they identify as Adana Dean, who lives across the street from them.

In surveillance video and cell phone video provided to ABC7 News by the Jones family, you can hear Adana say “You know what? You guys are acting like Black people and you should act like white people.”

She goes on to say in another clip “You’re a Black person in a white neighborhood and you’re acting like one why don’t you act like a white person in a white neighborhood?”

“Unfortunately that’s the reality of being black in America,” says Gerritt.

The incident made headlines and got the attention of the country sheriff.

Adana had threatened the family with her racist words but was also holding a stun gun when she confronted the family. As a result, the Contra Costa County Sheriff did respond to the incident and spoke to both parties, although no charges were filed.

“The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff takes these types of acts seriously. Deputy sheriffs responded to the home yesterday and contacted both parties involved,” Jimmy Lee, director of public affairs at the sheriff’s office, said in a statement.

Although deputies determined that no crime had been committed, a report was taken to document the interaction between the two neighbors, as the original complaint was in reference to a neighbor dispute due to an off-leash dog,” Lee said.

Unfortunately, incidents like this one are far too common across the country.

“It don’t matter if you grew up in a gated community your whole life,” Gerritt Jones, another family member, told KNTV. “It’s bound to happen. It’s going to happen. And as African Americans, unfortunately, we have to prepare our children on how to deal with this.”

“It was just very angering to see that come to our front door,” Jariell Jones, another family member added. She said her family has always gone out of their way to “be extra nice, say ‘yes, ma’am, yes, sir,’ which I feel is sick that we even have to feel that way.”

Jones added, “But even though we were trying to be good Black people in their good white neighborhood, they still treated us this way.”

However, the incident has empowered the family to be who they are. “We’re going to act Black in our white neighborhood,” Jones added.

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This Pathetic Christmas Tree Is The Ultimate Symbol Of 2020 And Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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This Pathetic Christmas Tree Is The Ultimate Symbol Of 2020 And Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the holidays are fast approaching and with it: Christmas trees are going up in cities across the country.

Though, it looks like 2020 is also taking it’s toll on these annual traditions.

From New York to Cincinnati, these holiday icons aren’t exactly living up to their expectations, with many saying they’re sad, pathetic appearance is peak 2020.

Cincinnati’s Holiday Tree goes viral for looking like the sad symbol of 2020 we all expected.

It all started over the weekend in Cincinnati, when a picture of the Macy’s holiday tree setup in the city’s Fountain Square started going viral for all the wrong reasons.

The photo looks like an after photo of a wood chipping incident, according to one Twitter user. Many of the branches were still tied up and the tree looked to be missing giant patches of greenery and limbs.

Of course, photos of the sad, sad tree quickly went viral with many relating to it’s 2020 feels.

Many compared it to the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Cincinnati tree was quickly compared to the tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, for its truly pathetic appearance. Even Stephen Colbert got in on the Christmas tree roast. “OK. Yeah. That’s me. That’s got the feels,” Colbert said when we showed a photo of the sad tree. 

He said it looks like the tree went on its last march into Isengard, a “Lord of the Rings” joke about the Ents marching into battle in The Two Towers.

Colbert went on to poke fun at officials who said the tree looked that way because the branches were still tied up with twine.

“Can I start using that excuse?” Colbert asked. “I know it may look like I haven’t exercised since March, but it’s just the twine. If you untwine me I’m harder than a Hemsworth.”

However, city officials promise the tree will look great once it’s “fluffed up” and decorated.

Acknowledging it’s less than ideal appearance, Fountain Square officials also poked fun at the tree.

“2020 has been a rough year for all of us, including our tree. Our team is hard at work making this 65’ Norway Spruce beautiful for the holiday season,” they wrote. “Stay tuned for transformation photos as we get her fluffed up and beautified after her long drive into town.”

And it seems that they’re following through with their promise. Since the weekend, it does seem like the tree is being upgraded: most of its branches have been untied and “fluffed out,” leading to a more polished look.

Even the actual tree spoke up about the controversy.

The tree even put out its own statement through a Twitter account, @TreeFountain. A pinned Tweet on its profile page insists that the tree is “just doing the best (it) can in these trying times,” and under Owsley’s photo, the page insisted that the tree had just been missing some personal care sessions.

But it wasn’t the only sad tree – New York’s Rockefeller tree also didn’t look great.

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This year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, which comes from Central New York, is reminding many people of Charlie Brown.

The 75-foot Norway spruce, donated by Al Dick of Daddy Al’s General Store in Upstate New York, arrived in New York City on Saturday for the annual holiday tradition. Many social media users complained it didn’t look very full after being lifted into its spot by a crane, and compared it to the sad-looking tree from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

A tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no public access to this year’s event, but the lighting will be broadcast on television to continue the tradition.

One Twitter user summed up the whole debacle perfectly.

Although many on Twitter were pointing out just how similar the trees look to how we all feel in this cray cray year, one user set it perfectly.

“The Rockefeller tree. The Cincinnati tree. You know what? ALL 2020 Christmas trees should be Charlie Brown trees. Every dang one. I wouldn’t have it any other way. On New Year’s Eve, we can light them all on fire and pretend none of this ever happened,” another tweeted.

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