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An Elotero Had His Cart Thrown To Ground And He Got It All On Video

On July 17, Benjamin Ramirez, an elote street vendor in Los Angeles, was threatened and had his food cart damaged by a man later identified as Carlos A. Hakas. Ramirez told Fox 11 Los Angeles that he filmed the entire altercation on his phone because he was previously harassed by Hakas.

In their latest confrontation, Ramirez, 24, told Fox 11 that Hakas was behaving more aggressively, had a dog, and was holding something in his hand.

In Ramirez’s video that was posted yesterday — it has since gone viral — you can hear the Hakas telling Ramirez in Spanish to move his cart. Ramirez says to him, “you have a walkway, I am not moving.”

Los Angeles!Look at these scumbags!We live in a diverse city, we dont need shitty people like this!If you have info regarding the vendor, please message us, there are Organizations and media that want to help out!This is from a very trusted and respected organizer in Los Angeles, Ron Gochez, he and many are ready to help out this vendor:If anyone would like to help out, my friend Azusena Favela has started up a gofudme account to help out street vendors who have their stuff taken away by the cops or for people like the guy in the video. She's trustworthy so I know the money is going to the vendors. Please consider making a small donation. Thanks! https://www.gofundme.com/equipment-for-la-street-vendors

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The man continues to threaten Ramirez, and when he refuses to move his cart, the man pushes it over.

The woman in the video tells Ramirez to “stay the fuck away,” however, throughout the entire video, Ramirez is never near them. He firmly stands his ground and says he is not leaving from that street corner. After Hakas throws the cart down, Ramirez throws chile onto Hakas’ face. When Ramirez calls Hakas a racist, Hakas replies, “I’m not racist, I’m from Argentina.”

“Even after he threw my cart on the ground, he came after me, like he wanted me to attack him,” Ramirez told Fox 11 News.

People on social media were able to ID the assailant. He is from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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As soon as the video went live on Facebook, people on social media searched to identify the attacker. Fans of cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz, who posted the video of Ramirez getting threatened, flooded his thread and posted several of Hakas social media accounts, from LinkedIn to Instagram. Those accounts have since been deactivated. They also ID’d the woman in the video, Hakas partner as Holly Covella.

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Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz posted this cartoon about this fateful encounter.

Journalist Aura Bogado posted a heartbreaking interview with Ramirez’s father, Alex.

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Alex told Bogado that he felt bad about what happened, especially when he saw his son’s food all over the street. He also said that they had to throw everything away. The only thing that remains is the cart itself, and that is severely damaged as well.

According to Bogado, Ramirez has been a street vendor since 2000 and nothing like this has ever happened to him.

He also added that his son had only been on that street corner (Romaine Street in Hollywood, Calif.) for a couple of weeks.

In the video, Alex told Bogado that the police were called but that they didn’t arrest Hakas because he spoke English and said that Ramirez was at fault.

According to NBC News, Hakas and Ramirez are expected to appear at a court date later this week. The police told NBC News that this is a civil case and that if Hakas fails to appear in court, they will issue a warrant for his arrest.

I just want justice,” Ramirez told Fox 11 News. “I just want him to pay for the loss of my products when he came to attack me.”

Supporters of Ramirez have set up a GoFundme fundraiser to help him restore his food cart.

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Casey Horan, donated $10, and wrote: “My heart is absolutely shattered at the hatefulness of that evil man. Sending all my love and positivity to you Benjamin <3.” Anna Armendariz, contributed $20, wrote: “So sad about this new wave of hatred and racism that awoke after last years election. The worst part is that it was from one of our own Latino members.”

Update: AFM Local 47, a musicians’ union that counts Hakas as one of its members, released this statement about the incident:

“AFM Local 47 has been made aware of a recent incident involving one of our employees. This is now a police matter and we cannot comment on the ongoing investigation, nor can we comment on personnel matters.

As a labor union we believe in immigrant and workers’ rights and stand for dignity and respect for all workers in our community.”

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Congressman Steve King Of Iowa, Known For Racist Comments, Loses To Republican Challenger In Primary

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Congressman Steve King Of Iowa, Known For Racist Comments, Loses To Republican Challenger In Primary

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You might remember Representative Steve King of Iowa as the person who’s campaign attacked Parkland shooting survivor Emma González. The Republican politician is officially out of Congress after losing to Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra.

Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra defeated Representative Steve King in the Republican primary in Iowa.

Sen. Feenstra defeated Rep. King by 9.7 points ending the incumbent’s career after 18 years. Rep. King will still be a member of Congress during the remainder of the election as Republican Sen. Feenstra goes against Democrat J.D. Scholten. Scholten almost defeated Rep. King in 2018.

Rep. King’s controversial and offensive attitude led to his colleagues stripping him of his committee roles.

Rep. King was shunned by the Republican Party in 2019. The Congressman asked in an interview with The New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

The language was enough to draw harsh criticism from members of his party. He was stripped of all of his committee assignments because of the comments.

Rep. King has a long history of racist comments.

In 2016, Rep. King was on tv when he asked if nonwhite groups have contributed to society. The comments were met with instant criticism from people denouncing the racist comments.

“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” Rep. King said on a panel. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

People are happy to see Rep. King lose his primary race.

There has been a movement to change politicians. It was clear in the 2018 elections that Americans wanted different representation when Democrats flipped enough seats in the House of Representatives to hold a majority over the Republicans. Rep. King is the latest in controversial Republican politicians to be voted out by upset constituents.

READ: AOC Called Out Rep. Steve King For Willfully Risking Pink Eye Instead Of Admitting Migrants Deserve Better Treatment

K-Pop Stans Took Over #WhiteLivesMatter On Twitter Completely Shutting Down The Hashtag

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K-Pop Stans Took Over #WhiteLivesMatter On Twitter Completely Shutting Down The Hashtag

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K-Pop is both one of the most popular and most polarizing music created. It has made a global impact with fandoms everywhere. However, sometimes you just can’t get on Twitter without seeing the videos of K-Pop flooding popular hashtags and discussions. The latest K-Pop Twitter takeover was something everyone could get behind.

K-Pop completely shut down a social media party of #WhiteLivesMatter.

Black Lives Matter protests have cropped up around the world and they don’t show any sign of slowing down. They continue to grow in size and the protest has gone international with protesters fighting for American Black lives. In response, some people tried to make #WhiteLivesMatter a thing on Twitter but K Pop fans shut it down quickly.

K-Pop stans really came through in an unexpected yet obvious way.

K-Pop stans are a force to be reckoned with. They are loud and large in numbers and when they want to be seen and heard on Twitter nothing can stop them. They are very engaged on social media and they came out to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Imagine wanting to go to #WhiteLivesMatter to legitimately see something and then seeing K Pop everywhere.

There was some choice speculation about the reaction of #WhiteLivesMatter supporters watching their hashtag get derailed.

Alt-right Twitter users have been using this tactic for years attempting to derail all progressive and unifying social media movements. The sudden reversal in the dynamics of social media manipulation is something we should all be celebrating thanks to the fast-acting K Pop fans.

Not only did K-Pop fans take over the hashtag, Twitter even classified its ranking within K Pop.

That’s what you call success. #WhiteLivesMatter was stunted in its original mission of trying to lessen the Black Lives Matter protests demanding racial justice. There has long been a group of people trying to take attention away from Black Lives Matter under a cloak of caring for all people. Some have even claimed that it was racist to say Black Lives Matter because it somehow minimizes other lives.

Black Lives Matter is not trying to say other lives do not matter. What it means is that Black lives are under attack and they need to matter to society. There is a crisis of unarmed Black people being killed by police for no reason and it has to stop. It is a crisis that has needed attention for years and the death of George Floyd coupled with COVID-19 has catapulted it into the forefront of the American consciousness.

Even people who don’t listen to K-Pop got in on the fun.

Honestly, it is a remarkable thing to see. Twitter users coming together for a common goal of silencing what was being called a racist mobilization on Twitter.

People loved to see it all happen.

Anything that can bring people together is something we should celebrate. The world is fighting to protect the lives of one community that has been over-policed and disproportionately attacked by police. The movement has grown to now include more people both online and offline.

Maybe it is the isolation, but people are very grateful for this moment in social media history.

Black Lives Matter organizers are giving it everything they have. They are fighting to keep people organized in the fight against racial injustice at the hands of police officers. It seems they have support and backup from all sides.

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