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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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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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An important Jesus statue in an El Paso church has been destroyed and police have arrested the suspect. The statue in St. Patrick’s Cathedral was taken down and decapitated and the person police suspect to be responsible has been arrested.

Earlier this week, a 90-year-old Jesus statue was decapitated by a vandal who destroyed the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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We are saddened to announce the vandalism at St. Patrick Cathedral earlier today. The Cathedral was vandalized this morning at around 10:00am. A suspect came into the sanctuary at St. Patrick Cathedral and destroyed the almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was located in the center behind the main altar of the church. The church was open and available for prayer. A suspect has been detained by the El Paso Police department. The police are currently continuing their investigation into the vandalism. The Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes, said, “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.” Bishop Seitz also expressed his sadness about the damage caused to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue. “This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.” “As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Bishop Seitz added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen,” he said. “At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but he certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace. I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers,” Bishop Seitz added. “I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be. In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us,” Bishop Seitz concluded. St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland and our Diocese, Pray for us.

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The community was rocked when the damage was reported. The statue has been behind the church’s main altar for decades. The vandal attacked the statue at around 10:00 a.m. when the church was opened for prayer when the vandal attacked.

El Paso police have arrested a man in connection to the vandalism.

According to a press release from the police department, 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell has been arrested for the vandalism. The damage to the statue is estimated to be about $25,000 and Cantrell’s bail has been set at $20,500. El Pasoans are angered at the man for destroying the irreplaceable statue.

“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” Bishop Seitz said about the destruction of the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”

Statues like the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue are important to communities that are used to seeing them. The destruction has left clergymen and parishioners angered and saddened by the loss of the statue. It is a historic part of the El Paso religious community having overseen masses since before World War II.

The Diocese of El Paso is raising money to help St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The funds raised by the Diocese of El Paso and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso will be used on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The money raised will be used to fix the shattered statue as well as add security and do renovations to the famed church.

“I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be,” Bishop Seitz said. “In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us.”

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

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