It’s been a tough couple of days for several Latinos who were just trying to live. Anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiment appears to be steadily on the rise in Trump’s America. More and more videos of hate being aimed specifically at Latinos are going viral. The racists in these videos show outright hatred, all the while acting like something awful has been done to them.
This video features a man being attacked for speaking in Spanish at the airport.
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The man in this video, affectionately referred to as “Mike,” had a teensy-weensy problem with Hector Torres, another passenger who was waiting to board a flight. Mike proceeded to air his beef with Torres, who apparently offended him by speaking to his Puerto Rican mom in Spanish, her native language. According to Buzzfeed, Torres was on the phone speaking in Spanish with his mother, when Mike made derogatory comments at him. The rest of it was caught on camera. From telling Torres to “shut the fuck up,” calling him a “fucking spic” and telling him to “kiss his fucking ass,” Mike spared no insult and let his hatred flow freely.
Many are saying Torres did an amazing job of keeping his composure during the incident.
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At a certain point “Mike” gets physical with Torres, trying to slap his phone away. But Torres, a father of four from Orlando, Florida, waited for airport security to arrive to handle the situation.
In another incident, this woman threatened physical harm on a Latino who appeared to be offering to help her in a cellphone store.
It's happened again. White woman calls polite Latino man a spic, threatens him, says she's offended to hear him speak Spanish. America. 2017 pic.twitter.com/NOzW9KEVjm
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 21, 2017
The woman was on her phone talking to someone about not being able to find something she was looking for. The man in the store offered her up a helpful suggestion as to where she might be able to find it. Almost as if she were waiting for an opportunity, the hate immediately begins to spew. She threatens the man with physical violence. She mentions that her husband is there and can handle him and that she also isn’t wearing nails, so she’d be free to throw down, too. She proceeds to call him a “fucking spic,” blurts out “this is my country,” and as the man leaves the store mutters “he needs to take his ass back to Mexico,” before finishing the video with an assertion that it’s “so disrespectful speaking another language in my country.” Exemplary human being here.
Finally, we have this video of a woman in a Walmart, who takes the racist prize this week (don’t worry, there are still several days to go).
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 23, 2017
In the video above, this woman is seen telling a Latina to go back to Mexico and using the most offensive word in the English language on a bystander who tried to help. Then, like a child, she says “not my fault, she started it” when an employee comes over and tries to mediate.
If anyone doubted the existence of people like the ones in these videos, spewing hatred and vitriol at others just because of the color of their skin or their ethnic origin, look no further than here. The victims here are people who are literally just trying to live, shop, talk on the phone, exist and these racists just can’t let that happen. The poise and composure of the victims in these situations is admirable, but the days of turning the other cheek may be coming to an end. You can only push people so much before they fight back.