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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.

Credit: @JamesKosur

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.

READ: [VIDEO] This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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In 2020, we saw several street vendors attacked while trying to make ends meet. As the pandemic drags on and people are desperate, the attacks on street vendors have not abated and a Long Beach street vendor is the latest victim.

A street vendor in Long Beach was brutally attacked while working.

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Gerardo Iván Olmeda Del Pilar, 22, was working as a street vendor in Long Beach when he was attacked by two people. The vendor, according to LA Taco, was later than usual in setting up after dropping of fellow street vendors on his way.

Del Pilar was at the intersection of Burnett Street and Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday Jan. 16 when it happened. The street vendor was approached by two men who seemed to be regular customers when they attacked.

“Everything was calm, then I want to say four hours passed when two men came towards me and like any other customer they asked me for an order of fruit,” Del Pilar told LA Taco

Del Pilar is not letting this stop him from what he has to do to survive.

Del Pilar has been a street vendor for a while. The man, who is from Veracruz, Mexico, was suckerpunched and attacked. According to LA Taco, Del Pilar was giving the men their order when one punched him in the chin to knock him down. They then both started to attack him until they got his wallet and ran away. The men stole $500 from him.

Del Pilar told the Long Beach Post that there was not much he could do while being attacked. He was left with a swollen face and horrific bumps on his face from the vicious attack.

Two friends have set up GoFundMe accounts to help Del Pilar out.

Both Alex Diaz and Marissa Gomez have set up GoFundMe pages to help the young man. Combined, the two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $10,000 and are still accepting donations to help Del Pilar.

“While he was cutting up their fruit, one man reached into his backpack and took out an object and used it to punch him in the face. They broke his nose and lumped up his face and then dragged and kicked him while he was on the floor,” reads Gomez’s GoFundMe. “This man was an innocent victim just trying to provide for his family. All donations will go to replace this man’s lost income. There is no such thing as a donation too small anything is appreciated.”

READ: Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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The world is racing to vaccinate everyone to put a stop to the relentless Covid-19 pandemic. In the U.S., states and counties are rolling out their own plans based on suggestions from health experts. California, home to the largest population of farmworkers, is making them a priority.

California has laid out their vaccination plan and farmworkers are being prioritized.

California is facing a relentless Covid-19 surge of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. According to The New York Times, California has the second-highest level of infections per capita in the U.S. More than 30,000 people have died of Covid in California and the vaccination effort has been severely lagging.

California’s vaccination plan has been criticized for its very slow roll out.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 816,000 doses of the virus have been given to residents. There have been more than 2 million vaccine doses shipped to California. Currently, California, the most populated state in the country, is still in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for healthcare workers and long-term care residents. The Vaccinate All 58 campaign claims that there are 3 million people in California in Phase 1A. Almost 40 million people live in California.

Activists have been calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that farmworkers are prioritized.

California is home to the largest concentration of farmworkers in the U.S. The Center for Farmworker Families claims that 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers, or about 1/3 to 1/2 of the farmworker populations, live in California. Seventy-five percent of farmworkers in California are undocumented.

As the rest of the state was able to shelter in place, farmworkers did not stop working. They provided a necessary lifeline to the nation in keeping the food supply running. Farmworkers are more likely to contract Covid because of their living conditions. Studies show that the low wages that farmworkers are paid means that many live in crowded conditions.

READ: As The U.S. Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine, What’s The Future Of Vaccine Access In Latin America?

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