This Latina Shuts Down Another Latina’s Racism On The Subway
The attacker, who said she was “from here” and when nudged a bit further, said she was born in Puerto Rico, was audibly angry in the video. You can hear her saying “Why are you here? Why are you in this country if you’re not with us?” to two people she presumed were together. It all played out to me like an action movie:
To me, it all played out like an action movie:
Not unlike Doomsday, this lady was spitting some hot garbage.
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One brave subway rider asked her to stop, but was confronted herself as the harasser shouted, “You don’t understand, you’re not even from here!”
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“Holy racism, Batman!” Zap!
That’s when the heroine of our story stepped in. She spoke with conviction and compassion, in both English and Spanish.
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“Is that bigotry I hear? It’s time to intervene!”
All throughout though, the Latina heroine spread a message of love and unity, saying:
We’re here in it together, okay? We’re all in this together. Whether we like what’s going on in the government or not, fuck it, we got to deal with it.”
Swervin’ on that racism, like “nah.”
When asked if she was harassing the victims because they looked Indian and Muslim, the harasser replied “Yes!” At which point in the video you can hear the entire subway collectively sigh at her.
“We must continue to fight the hate!”
The original video from Mañanero TV shows the entire altercation:
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All jokes aside, the larger lesson here is that even in the Latino community, bigotry and xenophobia are present and we should call it out and stamp it out when we can.
Call them out!
If you’re a young person and catch your family saying stuff that makes your eyes roll, it’s time to start having conversations with them. Don’t wait until they’re on the subway embarrassing you and themselves.
Don’t do it, mami. Don’t you dare do it.