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Hours After Latinos Were Gunned Down In A Terror Attack, This Family Had To Deal With Racism At A Baseball Game

Some stories make your blood boil. While at a Texas Ranger’s game on Saturday in Arlington, Texas — just a mere hours after a white nationalist with anti-Latino beliefs opened fire at an El Paso Walmart killing 22 people — Jessica Romero documented what she believes was a racist encounter with a white fan. 

Can we just enjoy our favorite “American” pastime that is ripe with immigrants from Latin American countries?

So at tonight’s game this couple sat behind us. We don’t usually sit in this section but I bought these tickets at the…

Posted by Jessica Romero on Saturday, August 3, 2019

Romero was sitting near a white couple at the game. When a family member took a selfie they noticed that a white Rangers fan was photobombing them with his middle finger. A despicable act during a tragic moment in American history. I am sure most people were there trying to distract themselves from the horrible news of the day. I wonder, if he had known more tragedy would strike just a few hours later would he have second-guessed his actions? Or was the middle finger a ringing endorsement for what had already happened and what was to come? 

It wasn’t just a crass photobomb. This man had “thoughts.”

“For the next 3 innings I had to hear him complain about all the illegal immigrants that were surrounding him at the game,” Romero’s wrote in a Facebook post. A little boy accidentally kicked the back of the man’s seat. The man responded with a racist rant. 

“That he should kick little Speedy Gonzalez all the way back to Mexico for kicking his seat. That Trump needs to hurry and build the wall and send all these illegals back so they won’t be kicking his seat. ” Romero wrote .“Sadly this is not the first or the last time we will ever experience this kind of racism.” 

The family is taking it all in stride.

Romero and her family were hurt by the incident, and the man was so incessant, they left early during the fifth inning. Fortunately, many were on the family’s side. Her post was shared over 110,000 times on Facebook. Jessica Romero’s husband, Ramon Romero was frustrated by the incident but was warmed by the public’s response.

“It’s not the fault of the Rangers. There are just some bad apples, and we happened to end up near the bunch. What we’ve heard from people and the Rangers since, though, means a lot. People do care. Strangers are apologizing. It gives me some strength to think that the stuff we are hearing about will get better,” the father said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating.

Team officials claimed the man’s behavior violated their fan code of conduct and apologized to the couple and their son. 

“After learning of this incident on Sunday, we reached out to the Romero family and pledge to make their next trip to Globe Life Park a memorable and enjoyable experience,” the team told the Dallas Morning News in a statement.

America is, yet again, in a sad sorry state but that doesn’t mean there is no solidarity. 

The Latinx community, and even the Texas Rangers community came together to support the Romeros on social media. It’s hard to feel compelled to applaud people over the bare minimum of opposing racism, but it is this very lack of opposition that got us to where we are. If we are to ruminate over every wrong, then we should indulge in moments of righteousness. Not necessarily because the moments deserve praise, but because we need these precious reminders. We’re not alone

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Texas High Schoolers Conducted a Mock ‘Slave Auction’ Of Black Students Over Snapchat

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Students at a high school in Aledo, Texas are being disciplined after the administration discovered they held a mock slave auction on Snapchat where they “traded” Black students.

Screenshots of the Snapchat group show that these unnamed students “bid” on students of color, ranging anywhere from $1 to $100.

One student in particular was priced at $1 because his hair was “bad”. The screenshot also shows that the group chat’s name changed regularly. The group’s name started as “Slave Trade” then changed to “N—-r Farm”, and finally to “N—– Auction”.

Upon learning of the mock slave auction, the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus’s principal wrote a note to parents explaining the situation. Principal Carolyn Ansley called the mock slave auction “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment” which “led to conversations about how inappropriate and hurtful language can have a profound and lasting impact” on people.

Many people felt that the school principal downplayed the gravity of the mock slave auction. Not once did she mention the word racism in the letter that she sent out to parents.

“Calling it cyberbullying rather than calling it racism… that is the piece that really gets under my skin,” said Mark Grubbs, father to three former Aledo ISD students, to NBC DFW. But Grubbs, along with many other Aledo parents and community members, say that the incident didn’t surprise them.

In fact, Grubbs said he had to take his children out of the Aledo ISD school system because of how much racist harassment his children were facing. “A lot of racism,” he said of his son’s experience at the school. “My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn’t mind fighting and that didn’t sit right with me and my wife. My son was never a fighter.”

After the backlash to the initial statement, Superintendent Susan Bohn finally released a statement condemning the racism and “hatred” of the mock slave auction.

“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,’ Bohn wrote. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”

The problem with “policies” like these is they fail to target the issue of racism at the root. Hate speech may be “prohibited”, but if a child is displaying racist behavior for whatever reason, the bigger problem is the way that they have been educated and indoctrinated. Slave auctions have no place in 2021.

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Texas Republicans Are Recruiting An ‘Army’ of Poll-Watchers To Go Into Black and Brown Precincts To ‘Fight Voter Fraud’

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Texas Republicans Are Recruiting An ‘Army’ of Poll-Watchers To Go Into Black and Brown Precincts To ‘Fight Voter Fraud’

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The GOP’S voter-suppression tactics in Georgia have been gripping the nation. But now, the media is also turning its attention to other voter-suppression tactics in the rest of the country. Now, Texas Republicans are taking the heat.

According to Common Cause Texas, Texas Republicans are planning on recruiting thousands of volunteers create an “election integrity brigade”. They want the “brigade” to go into Black and brown neighborhoods in Houston and “fight voter fraud”.

A Texas GOP presentation was leaked that outlined plans to send an “army” of poll-watchers to Black and brown precincts.

“I’m trying to encourage and recruit, as a precinct chair, about 30 people in my precinct who will have the confidence and courage to come down in here…,” said an unnamed GOP official, pointing to majority non-white urban areas, “…in these areas where we really need poll-workers. Because this is where the problem is occuring.”

“So me finding poll-watchers out here, it helps, but it’s a pretty safe precinct”. He said this while pointing to majority-white Houston neighborhoods.

The video inspired outrage among people who saw these tactics as blatant attempts to suppress the voting rights of POC.

“The impetus for releasing [the video] right now is there are some bills in the legislature that seek to empower poll watchers in some really scary ways,” said executive director of Common Cause Texas, Anthony Gutierrez, to NBC News. “And also at the same time, take away the power of the presiding judge at the poll site from being able to remove a disruptive poll watcher.”

“It’s very clear that we’re talking about recruiting people from the predominantly Anglo parts of town to go to Black and Brown neighborhoods,” said Gutierrez to The Washington Post.

“This is a role that’s supposed to do nothing but stand at a poll site and observe,” he added. Why is he suggesting someone needs to be ‘courageous’?”

This “election integrity brigade” comes on the heels of a problematic election bill the Texas Senate just passed.

According to NBC News, the bill “bans overnight early voting and drive-thru early voting” and also “empowers partisan poll watchers.”

“It’s part of the intimidation, the confusion, the antics that (the Republican Party) has engaged in for so many generations that culminated in President Trump asking people to overturn the election,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to CNN.

“What they’re doing is filing bills that are essentially a poll tax that weaponize the election system against our own voters,” she continued. “And what they’re proposing is absolutely tragic and reminiscent of the worst of what we’ve seen in Texas and across the South since Reconstruction.”

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