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Here’s Why One Latina Is Asking For White Educators To Stop With The Whole ‘Stand And Deliver’ Screenings

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Adriana Heldiz, a writer for Voice of San Diego, is tired of educators showing the movie “Stand and Deliver” at predominately minority schools. In a commentary piece titled “A Latina Student’s Plea: Please Stop Talking About ‘Stand and Deliver,'” she expresses her frustration at white educators who don’t take the time to learn who their students are and instead try to “inspire” them to overcome problems with a movie.

Heldiz isn’t saying the people who use the movie to inspire students are bad at their job — they’re just tone deaf and quite possibly lazy. Heldiz does think people should watch the movie at least once because it is an inspiring story.

Here are Heldiz’s five main points about why it’s time for some educators to abandon “Stand and Deliver” and actually work with their students.

1. “It’s old, cliché and downright offensive.”


Heldiz argues that white educators at minority and low-income schools use the movie to calm themselves down when dealing with students that have been deemed poor, violent, or dumb. She also argues that by using the movie to try and motivate themselves and their students, these teachers are creating a “white-savior complex” to orchestrate some kind of inspiring result.

2. Instead of inspiring students, the movie shows them that the teachers thinks less of them.

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“By showing this movie, it confirms your students’ worst fears: that their teacher thinks less of them and defines them by the struggles they face,” Heldiz argues.

3. “Not to mention, ‘Stand and Deliver’ conveniently sidesteps some of the bigger reasons students struggle, like being labeled as English-learners.”

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She argues that by allowing for kids to participate in bilingual education, they can take advantage of learning more in their native language while learning English instead of being relegated to a class that leaves them behind the curve so they learn English.

4. Jaime Escalante, the teacher who inspired “Stand and Deliver,” was also against bilingual education in California schools.

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“Unfortunately, a vast majority of your students probably didn’t have access to bilingual classes, thanks in part to the fact that the teacher who inspired ‘Stand and Deliver’ fought alongside those on the conservative right to keep bilingual education out of California schools,” Heldiz wrote.

5. She offers some advice on how to get through to these same students without relying on a dated movie: get to know them.

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“Engage them,” Heldiz wrote. “Learn something more about them than their names and test scores. I guarantee they’ll be more willing to learn from you.”

Read Heldiz’s full piece here.

(H/T: Voice of San Diego)

READ: 15 Reasons Everyone Should Watch ‘Stand and Deliver’ Again

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New Footage Shows This Latino Father Was Put Into A Deadly Chokehold By The Husband Of An Off Duty Cop

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New Footage Shows This Latino Father Was Put Into A Deadly Chokehold By The Husband Of An Off Duty Cop

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Video was recently released of 24-year-old John Hernandez, a father and Houston resident, being choked to death by the husband of an off-duty deputy outside of a Denny’s restaurant. As Fox 26 reported, on May 28, Hernandez’s wife took him to Denny’s for some coffee after a night out drinking and watching a sporting event. From the video above, you can see Hernandez wearing what appears to be a Chivas jersey, the Mexican soccer team that had won the league championship earlier that day. According to reports, Hernandez had been drinking heavily and went outside to relieve himself in front of the Denny’s.

Although there is no footage of Hernandez urinating outside, investigators say a man named Terry Thompson saw him do it and confronted him, which led to a verbal altercation that eventually became physical. The 41-year-old Thompson held Hernandez in a strangle hold on the ground until he became unconscious. At that time his wife, Deputy Chauna Thompson, began CPR until paramedics arrived, but they were too late. Upon arrival at the hospital, Hernandez was in a coma and was removed from life support within a few days.

Footage of the altercation taken by a bystander was posted online. The video showed the chokehold, the deputy helping restrain Hernandez, and other bystanders trying to stop the person recording from getting a good look at what was going on.

This footage of Hernandez being strangled by the husband of an off-duty deputy was just released.

(WARNING: Some viewers may find this footage disturbing.)

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When police finally arrived on the scene, Hernandez was taken to the hospital and Thompson was released. Police are saying he isn’t getting preferential treatment just because his wife is a deputy. Hernandez’s family feels differently.

Protesters marched in East Houston for action to be taken against the Thompsons.

They carried signs that read “Justice for Johnny.”

Several of Hernandez’s family members led the march and gathered with protesters at a press conference to call for justice.

Hernandez’s aunt named the District Attorney, the Sheriff as well as Deputy Thompson and her husband, urging officials to take action.

According to Houston’s NBC affiliate, Hernandez’s death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner.

“It’s not fair just because he’s Mexican nobody helped him. It’s because the other guy was married with the [deputy],” said Gilberto Garcia, who attended a vigil on Sunday by Hernandez’s family and supporters.

Update 6/8/17:

Terry and Chauna Thompson have been charged by a grand jury with the murder of John Hernandez according to KHOU-TV, a Houston based CBS affiliate. In an article on their site, they quoted District Attorney Kim Ogg who said: “We believe that this grand jury true bill is a reflection of our community’s belief that a crime occurred and that crime was murder.” As of Thursday evening the two have not yet been taken into custody and have been allowed to surrender.

READ: Family Of Unarmed Man Who Was Killed By Off-Duty Police Officer Says They Had A History

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