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Mexican Father And Son Attacked At Their Tire Shop In Salt Lake City For Being Mexican

Just days after Thanksgiving, on what should have been a typical day at Lopez Tires in Salt Lake City, Utah, 18-year-old Luis Gustavo Lopez was the victim of a brutal attack. Luis, who works at his father’s tire shop, was confronted by a man who proclaimed that he wanted to “kill a Mexican” before launching into a brutal physical assault.

The assailant, 50-year-old Alan Dale Covington, entered Lopez Tires allegedly yelling: “I hate Mexicans” and “I’m here to kill a Mexican.”

According to KUTV, Covington first hit Luis’s dad, Jose Lopez. The teen tried to protect his father by picking up a car jack pole in an attempt to hit Covington. In turn, Covington hit Luis in the face with the pole and then fled the scene.

The daughter of Jose and sister of Luis, Veronica Lopez, wrote on GoFundme that her dad got eight stitches in his arm and “has his back severely bruised due to the blows he received.” She also said that her brother’s “right side of his face was shattered.” After a three hour surgery, Luis now has a “titanium plate from the right side of his face to his nose to be able to attach the bones and keep his eyeball in place and a plate under that.”

He remains in critical condition.

Covington has since been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault, and three weapon and drug charges. He will not be charged with a hate crime.

Under the Utah state law, someone can only be charged with a hate crime if the act is seen as a misdemeanor assault and must prove intent. Typically, a hate crime is motivated by racial, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other prejudice involving violence. In the crime against the Lopez family, even though Covington allegedly targeted Mexicans, his crime is being considered felony aggravated assault and not a hate crime.

Veronica told The Salt Lake Tribune she’s very upset that police won’t consider this act against her family a hate crime. “It makes my blood boil,” she said. “What do they want next? Do they want him to kill someone to see that he’s dangerous?”

The Salt Lake Tribune is also reporting that police said Covington — who has a long criminal record — had clouded judgement because he was on drugs when he attacked the Lopezes. They also said he had “some mental health issues.”

The family is requesting donations for their medical bills because they do not have medical insurance.

CREDIT: Gofundme

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READ: There Are More Hate Crimes Being Committed In California, And It’s Higher Among Latinos 

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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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.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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Back in the 90s, Tia and Tamera Mowry were experiencing the height of their fame while on the hit show “Sister, Sister.” The series which followed Tia and Tamera as Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell saw two actors play the part of two identical twins separated at birth and then accidentally reunited in their teens. It won several Emmys and Kids’ Choice Awards and cemented itself as essential Black TV. As a result, the twin sisters scored roles on other series, movies, and all kinds of media attention. And not for a lack of racist incidents that attempted to hold them back

Recently, Tia opened up about her experience as a Black teen actor in the 90s and shared a story that clearly still hurts her heart.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Tia shared that she and her sister were once rejected from appearing in a teen magazine cover because of their skin color.

Speaking about the incident, Tia recalled how she’d been subjected to racism when she was a teen on the show and attempting to be on the cover of a popular magazine at the time.

“It was around Sister, Sister days. The show was extremely popular. We were beating — like in the ratings — Friends around that time,” Tia said. “So, my sister and I wanted to be on the cover of this very popular magazine at the time — it was a teenage magazine. We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell.”

The actress teared up as she went onto recall that “Here I am as an adult and, wow, it still affects me, how someone could demean your value because of the color of your skin,” she said. “I will never forget that. I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that isn’t right.”

Years later Tia says she has used that moment to drive her in raising her two children.

Tia (who is a mother to Cree, 9, and Cairo, 2) says that “to this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful.”

“What I’ve done with my children is [reading] books,” she explained to People. “You can read incredible books to your children about Rosa Parks, about Martin Luther King Jr. — pivotal people that had a huge impact within the movement.”

“The other thing is through television, especially during this time,” she went onto explain. “I was just having my children watch a whole bunch of [things] that starred a lot of African American actors, and one of them is [TheWiz. You had Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. It was just such a great story. And my son … he loved it, [and] it’s important.”

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