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These Videos Show That Latinos Know How To Keep Their Cool In The Face Of Mounting Hatred All Over The Country

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.

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).

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.


READ: Racist Sentenced To 11 Years In Arson Hate Crime Against Latino Neighbors


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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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