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

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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.

“Ay, fo!”

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!”

“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.”

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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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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.

READ: She Went On A Racist Rant At JCPenney, And Now She’s Banned For Life

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These Muslim Latinos Practice Their Faith At The Only Spanish Speaking Mosque In The Country

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These Muslim Latinos Practice Their Faith At The Only Spanish Speaking Mosque In The Country

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Located on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, Centro Islámico is a mosque unlike any others in the United States. Thanks to its largely Latino congregation, services at the mosque are conducted in Spanish. As the Los Angeles Times points out, both Muslims and Latinos have faced harsh political and religious scrutiny in the past, and this is why Houston’s Latino Muslim community has only further embraced their faith. Members of the mosque share stories about receiving the “stink-eye” from strangers, and they share their fears of the future. But they also turn to their faith to find the positive, seeing the negatives they face today as a chance to thrive.

As Bolivian Susan Barrientos told the Los Angeles Times, “For us, I think it’s helpful because it really changes your behavior in public because you want to represent Islam in the most positive way.”

The Los Angeles Times has just written an article that really captures both the highs and lows the members of Centro Islámico have faced since President Trump has come into office. As bad as it is today, they remember, it has been worse in the past.

Watch our mini-doc on Centro Islámico:

This is what it is like to be Muslim and Latino.

Posted by We are mitú on Friday, July 1, 2016

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