The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a lot of about the people around us. We have figured out who was cannot live without, who we don’t need anymore, and who does and doesn’t believe in facts and science. It has also brought up a lot of racism that the U.S. still needs to deal with.
One Lyft driver got an earful of racism from an angry passenger who doesn’t believe in COVID-19.
The video starts with the driver making his way to the pick-up location for a new ride. As he arrives, he slides on a mask and the passenger gets in the car. The conversation goes from 0 to 60 with the racism after the passenger decides that his freedoms are being threatened because of the mask.
Driver: “By any chance, do you have a mask?”
Passenger: “No. I don’t.”
D: “Do you mind to put your shirt up here [motions to face]?”
P: “I can.”
D: “That would be really appreciated.”
P: “Do you believe in that sh*t?”
The driver says he does believe in COVID-19 because he has family members who have gotten sick from the virus. Meanwhile, the man in the back of the car is covering his mouth with his hand. The passenger than continues to let him know that he does not believe the government saying that there is a deadly virus spreading.
Things quickly escalate as the passenger starts to say that he doesn’t like the driver. The driver asks if he wants to end the ride, of course, the passenger doesn’t want to. However, the driver decides that he has had enough.
P: “I’ve got a contract with you so I’m going to ride with you.”
D: “Nope. The contract ends right now.”
The driver then takes the passenger right back to where he started and refuses to move the care until the passenger leaves. The passenger continues to argue with the driver long after the driver has ended the trip and tells him to leave the car.
Then things turn racist when the passenger starts to verbally attack the driver for his accent. The one part he really holds onto is the “b” sound when the man says in the video. It wasn’t long after that that the passenger followed it all up with the most common attack: claiming the driver is not from this country.
Watch the full video above and watch the whole exchange.
We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.
This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.
The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?
The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.
People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.
Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.
We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.
People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.
Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.
@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.
It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.
With news headlines like “How Covid-19 could destroy indigenous communities”, it’s hard to understate the affect that the Coronavirus has had on Indigenous communities across the world.
Even before the pandemic hit, native populations were already at increased risk of health complications, poor access to medical care, lack of proper education, and even premature death. The pandemic has only exacerbated these issues as government programs and NGOs who delivered aid to far flung communities have grind to a halt.
However, many communities have started taking the matter into their own hands by creating their own impromptu healthcare systems based on ancestral techniques and others have barricaded off their villages from the outside world in an effort to stem the flow of the virus.
In Peru, many Indigenous communities are turning to centuries-old medicines to fight back against the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on Peru – the country with the world’s highest per capita Covid-19 mortality rate. At particular risk is the nation’s large Indigenous community, who often lack proper access to education efforts and medical care. This has forced many Indigenous groups to find their own remedies.
In the Ucayali region, government rapid response teams deployed to a handful of Indigenous communities have found infection rates as high as 80% through antibody testing. Food and medicine donations have reached only a fraction of the population. Many say the only state presence they have seen is from a group responsible for collecting bodies of the dead.
At least one community, the Indigenous Shipibo from Peru’s Amazon region, have decided to rely on the wisdom of their ancestors. With hospitals far away, doctors stretch too thin and a lack of beds, many have accepted the alternative medicine.
In a report by the Associated Press, one villager, Mery Fasabi, speaks about gathering herbs, steeping them in boiling water and instructing her loved ones to breathe in the vapors. She also makes syrups of onion and ginger to help clear congested airways.
“We had knowledge about these plants, but we didn’t know if they’d really help treat COVID,” the teacher told the AP. “With the pandemic we are discovering new things.”
One of the plants the Shipibo are using is known locally as ‘matico.’ The plant has green leaves and brightly colored flowers. And although Fasabi admits that these ancestral remedies are by no means a cure, the holistic approach is proving successful. She says that “We are giving tranquility to our patients,” through words of encouragement and physical touch.
Even before the Coronavirus, Indigenous communities were at a greater risk for infectious diseases.
Indigenous peoples around the globe tend to be at higher risk from emerging infectious diseases compared to other populations. During the H1N1 pandemic in Canada in 2009, for example, aboriginal Canadians made up 16% of admissions to hospital, despite making up 3.4% of the population.
Indigenous groups are particularly vulnerable to dying from Covid-19 because they often live days away from professional medical help. As of July 28, the disease had killed 1,108 indigenous people and there had been 27,517 recorded cases, with the majority in Brazil, according to data published by Red Eclesial Panamazonia (Repam).
Some communities are turning inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food.
Despite the immense threat they face, Indigenous communities are fighting back.
“I am amazed to see the ways that indigenous peoples are stepping up to provide support where governments have not,” Tauli-Corpuz, a teacher at Mexico’s UNAM, told The Conversation. “They are providing PPE and sanitation, making their own masks, and ensuring that information on Covid-19 is available in local languages, and are distributing food and other necessities.”
They are also choosing to isolate. In Ecuador’s Siekopai nation, about 45 Indigenous elders, adults and children traveled deep into the forest to their ancestral heartland of Lagartococha to escape exposure to the Coronavirus, says the nation’s president Justino Piaguaje.
Despite their best efforts, many experts are extremely concerned for the survival of many Indigenous communities.
They are already facing the ‘tipping point’ of ecological collapse due to increased threats of deforestation, fires, industrial extraction, agribusiness expansion and climate change,” Amazon Watch executive director Leila Salazar-Lopez told UNESCO of Amazonian Indigenous groups.
“Now, the pandemic has created one more crisis, and as each day passes, the risk of ethnocide becomes more real.”