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[VIDEO] This Latina Filmed The Racist Who Threatened To Call ICE On Her And Twitter Has Some Opinions

Thanks to camera phones, more and more racists are being exposed while harassing people of color. And the videos are going viral.

The latest in a long string of racist incidents caught on camera is from a 17-year-old Latina in Elk Grove just outside Sacramento, California.

She uploaded video of the incident hoping Twitter could help identify the racist.

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The 17-year-old, named Ana Jaira Solis, had parked her car at a community park in Elk Grove, California. Apparently, this sent an older man over the edge and he came to confront the teen and told her to move her car.

Solis was able to pull out her phone and capture a now-viral video that features the man criticizing her English and threatening to call the authorities.

The man told the teenager, “take this f*****g car and get the f**k out of here. You park this car here again and I’m going to report you to ICE, you get that?”

When Solis asked the man what she had done wrong, he told her, “You’re f*****g taking a parking spot from a U.S. citizen.” He continued, “The cops are coming, I already called them… you need to move because you don’t belong here. You don’t live here, do you?”

The teenager told the man that she was an American Citizen and that she lives in Elk Grove. The man did not believe her and responded, “You barely speak English.”

According to several news reports, the man is no stranger to the police.

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And apparently, he had been harassing several other people at the park that day. But police would not elaborate.

Much of Latino Twitter was really shocked to see that the guy appeared to be Latino himself.

Police didn’t comment on the man’s ethnicity but that didn’t stop Twitter from wondering why a Latino man would attack a Latina for her accent or why he’d threaten to call immigration on her.

Like why is he coming for a Latina…?

Some pointed out that internalized racism is a real thing – especially in our ongoing political climate where immigrants and people of color are so demonized.

Other’s were poking holes in his story that made ZERO sense.

Like how are you going to tell someone this is public land and then demand they leave…? I mean that makes absolutely no sense.

But mostly, people just wanted to tell Ana that she wasn’t alone and that the community has got her back.

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Having an out of control man yelling and screaming at you when you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong has got to be terrifying. Unfortunately, it’s not the first case and probably not the last one either but bravo Ana for staying calm and sharing your story.

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Police Are Looking For Two People Who Attacked An Elotero In Long Beach

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Police Are Looking For Two People Who Attacked An Elotero In Long Beach

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Another street vendor has been attacked while working. This time, an elotero in Long Beach was viciously attacked by two people in broad daylight. Police and the community are looking for the two and people in Long Beach want to see justice brought against the attackers.

A vicious attack on an elotero was caught on a Ring camera.

According to KTLA, police are searching for two Black men in their 20s who were caught on camera attacking Bililfo Fernandez. The elotero was pistol-whipped and beaten as the two men stole his property and cash during the senseless and unprovoked attack.

In true American fashion, a GoFundMe was set up to cover the old man’s medical bills.

It is common in the U.S. for GoFundMe pages to be set up to cover medical costs for people who are victims of crime or face unexpected health failures. People can be heard screaming to deter the violent attack but no one intervened to help Fernandez while being attacked.

A GoFundMe set up for the elotero has raised more than $80,000 to help the family.

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“He is an elotero and goes on his usual routes everyday,” writes his daughter, Erika, who organized the GoFundMe. “He is a very hard working man and known by many.  We had to take him to the Emergency Room so that they could help him and treat him because his injuries were pretty severe. His nose and head were busted open with a gun. My dad does not have insurance.Anything will be very much appreciated to help pay for his medical expenses. During these hard times I am currently not working because of covid, so anything will be a blessing for us.”

People on social media are angered by the two men attacking someone taking care of their family during COVID-19.

Latino families are experiencing the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19. Unemployment was highest among the Latino community than any other group of people in the U.S. during the crisis. This elotero was doing what he could to keep his family afloat during the pandemic and faced violence.

People cant wait for just to be served and Latinos are reminding people that this is not a time to let anti-Blackness fester in the Latino community.

Racism is a real issue in the Latino community. While people are angered at this attack, this is not to be used to generalize against the Black community. These are two bad people who attacked a man for his money and property. If you have any information about the two men in the video attacking Fernandez, call the Long Beack Police Department at (562) 435-6711.

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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Man Posts Plea For People To Social Distance After Falling Ill Of COVID-19 And Died The Next Day

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The world is still in the midst of a deadly viral pandemic. COVID-19 is not going away on its own and there are things that people can do to slow the spread. One of the most effective tools is wearing a mask followed up by social distancing. One man thought he could ease up and contracted the virus. Here is his warning.

A man known as Tommy Macias died one day after warning people about the dangers of COVID-19.

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Macias died the next day after posting this message on Facebook warning his friends and family about the dangers of COVID-19. According to the man’s post, he attended a party and contracted the virus there. Health experts have warned against gathering with friends and family right now. Parties have become some of the most infectious sites leading to the current outbreaks across the country.

Macias’s Facebook post touches on a point that drives home the importance of wearing face masks. After being exposed, he then exposed his entire family because he ignored health regulations.

The man’s death from COVID-19 has created a fear among his friends.

“Don’t take advantage of the unknown, don’t expect things to be fine. Take this shit seriously,” @flawlessbikerzcordova wrote on Instagram. “I had been diligent about wearing my mask but from time to time loosen up around the crew and friends. Not anymore!”

The U.S. is seeing a spike in cases across several states and cases are increasing in 35 states. The U.S. has seen record infection numbers in recent days and that trend is mirrored in Calfornia where the sudden reopening of the economy led to a runaway outbreak in the state.

Macias is now one of the more than 127,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

According to NBC News, the Riverside County Office of Vital Records confirmed that Macias did die from COVID-19. According to Macias’s brother-in-law, Macias was diligent about wearing his mask and following health regulations. However, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signaled rapid reopening within weeks in June, Macias felt safe letting down his guard.

“He was quarantining because he was overweight and had diabetes,” Lopez told NBC News in explaining how careful Macias has been.

Macias’s death is a warning to Americans.

As the quarantining drags on due to reopening reversals, fatigue is setting in with Americans about self-isolation. With a holiday weekend underway, Macias’s message is a warning call to Americans as social distancing is forgotten and people argue over masks.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of wearing face masks when out in public and to stay away from indoor gatherings with friends, like parties. It might be uncomfortable and you might not like it but it is what we need to do to get back this virus.

Please stay safe, smart, and follow health guidelines this 4th of July weekend.

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