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This Latina Shuts Down Another Latina’s Racism On The Subway

A Chinese-Peruvian Latina stepped in after hearing harassment being hurled on a crowded New York City subway, reported Huffington Post after a video of the incident went viral on Mic.

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.

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!”

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.”

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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In Emotional Video, Actress Francia Raisa Says She Was ‘Boxed In’ By Trump Supporters Rallying on the Freeway: ‘Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican’

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In Emotional Video, Actress Francia Raisa Says She Was ‘Boxed In’ By Trump Supporters Rallying on the Freeway: ‘Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican’

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Actress Francia Raisa posted a video to her Instagram on Sunday where she described being “blocked in” on the highway by a motorcade of Trump supporters.

Raisa, an actress of Mexican and Honduran descent who stars in the Freefrom series “Grown-ish” and famously donated a kidney to Selena Gomez, documented her distress via Instagram.

In a video posted to her Instagram stories, Raisa was visibly upset, crying, her voice shaking while she described the experience.

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“I was just on the 405 and I got stuck in that stupid Trump rally and they f—-g boxed me in and they’re pointing at me and laughing at me, saying, ‘Ha ha,'” she said as she wiped tears from her face. “And literally, I almost crashed because they wouldn’t let me out and I was trying to go around it.”

“They were all stopping and going. They boxed me in on the f—–g freeway, all I wanted to do was go around. And they were just being so violent. I could’ve crashed. It was so dangerous.”

She appeared to become more distressed as the video continued: “And I just don’t understand why that’s the country that y’all are supposedly wanting right now. Really? That’s what makes America great? That’s f—-d up. I could’ve f—–g died right now. That was so f—–g dangerous,” Raisa said. “Pointing at me and laughing at a Mexican. Oh God, that was really f—–g scary.”

The “Trump rally” that Raisa was referring to was the rally that President Trump held on Sunday in Newport Beach, California.

President Donald Trump has rarely visited California on the campaign trail, as the state is not considered a battleground state–it almost always votes blue. The rally brought hundreds of Trump supporters who were excited to catch a glimpse of a President who doesn’t come to California very often. The Los Angeles Times described the rally as “raucous” and “confrontational”.

“I’ve never seen this side of Orange County,” said a 63-year-old community organizer named Lizanne Witte to the LA Times. “Even in protests about women’s rights and detained children, the reception had been respective differences in opinion. This is just nasty.”

Many of his supporters appeared in the unofficial motorcade on the I-405 freeway that Raisia says she was stuck in. The cars were decked out in MAGA merch, American flags–one car even appeared to be a military vehicle.

Shortly after Raisa’s post, her friends took to social media to defend her.

“Francia face-timed me freaking the f— out today,” said Glee actress Amber Riley on her Instagram stories. “The little Trump rally on the 405 decided to box her in the car! A woman driving by herself. But, they saw a Mexican in a car and they decided to f— with her. I was on the phone and I saw this myself.”

Let’s hope that all political gatherings from now on are always safe, civil affairs.

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New York State Repeals Police Protecting Law 50-A, Major Victory For Protesters

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New York State Repeals Police Protecting Law 50-A, Major Victory For Protesters

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Protesters have been filling the streets in major American cities across the country. The sustained protests have disrupted life in the cities but they are working and police reform is happening across the country.

New York State repealing Law 50-A is a major win for protesters.

The Back Lives Matter protests have taken over major cities demanding police reform. New York and Louisville, Kentucky both acknowledged the protesters and have started to implement changes.

In Louisville, the city has banned no-knock warrants in honor of Breonna Taylor. The young woman was in her home when the police broke into the wrong house on a no-knock warrant. Taylor’s home was the wrong address and police shot and killed the EMT.

Law 50-A made records on police behavior a secret. It meant that the public did not have access to documented proof of police brutality and discipline. The law is often used by police departments in New York to protect police officers from public demands for information.

The New York state legislature voted on a stalled piece of legislation that reformed that law.

George Floyd’s death has fundamentally changed America unlike any videoed police death before it. The outrage is deeper, louder, bigger, and more resilient. It is clear that America is fed up with the constant barrage of proof of police brutality going unnoticed.

“The silver lining on this incredibly dark cloud is that the sun is finally starting to shine on injustice. Maybe it’s the unmistakable, and in my opinion indisputable, video evidence that we saw a live murder on TV, but it’s done something to the consciousness of America,” said bill sponsor Sen. Jamaal Bailey in a floor speech before the bill passed. “I don’t know if there could be a more meaningful piece of legislation for me and this body because it’s way more than just policy.”

People are giving all of the credit to the protesters who have used their voices to bring about the change they wanted to see.

Thousands of people have braved a deadly pandemic to demand justice for George Floyd and all of the Black men, women, and children killed by police. Even with COVID-19 infecting millions of Americans and killing more than 113,000, Americans are taking to the street for justice.

Activists are grateful for the support and the immediate change it is creating.

People have been fighting for justice for a long time in the U.S. A majority of Americans are on the side of the protesters and are coming around to the idea of reforming the police.

Protesters are not letting up as they see victory after victory. One of the main points of the protesters is reallocating some funds to the police to other resources. Activists are demanding that social workers, community programs, schools, libraries, and other public entities receive the funds. This would lead to fewer police officers answering non-crime calls sparing lives in the process.

READ: This Is What Protesters Actually Mean When They’re Calling For Cities To ‘Defund The Police’

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