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Here Are 13 Moments Of People Attacking Latinos That Set Social Media On Fire

It’s been a rough year for our community as white supremacists and nationalist have felt empowered to express their hate. Inflammatory rhetoric from politicians on the national level has empowered these groups in their racist attacks.

According to Hate Crime in California’s new study, hate crimes against all minorities in California have increased by 17 percent since President Trump’s 2016 campaign. For Latinos, specifically, there has been a 51.8 percent increase in hate crimes since Trump won the presidency.

When a group of people attacked a 92 year old abuelito with a concrete brick.

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Rodolfo Rodriguez was visiting his family in Los Angeles from Mexico when he decided to go for a walk. He went to pass a mother with her child on the sidewalk, and the mother shoved him to the ground and started beating him in the face with a concrete brick. Several men joined in yelling over and over again to “go back to Mexico.”

This California woman started yelling at a Latino Man, calling him a ‘rapist and animal.’

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Sound familiar? Esteban Guzman was just trying to do his landscaping work when a racist woman started abusing him.

“Why do you hate us?”

“Because you’re Mexicans.”

“We are honest people right here!”

“Haha..yeah.. rapists & animals.”

The fact that we have to defend ourselves from ese basura is enraging. This is why we’re angry, Trump’s America.

Remember the guy who harassed this woman for 30 minutes for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt?

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Well, two felony hate crimes have been filed against him. Mia Irizarry was just trying to celebrate her 24th birthday at a pavilion she rented out in Chicago. This man kept asking her if she was a citizen and telling her that she shouldn’t be wearing her shirt.

“You’re not going to change us,” the man said. “The world is not going to change the United States of America. You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.”

The police officer who just ignored Irizarry as she asked for help ultimately resigned.

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The guy kept getting into Izarry’s personal space and she pleaded with the police officer to step in. He only stepped in when the attacker started asking for assistance once Izarry’s brother stepped into the picture.

The officer, Patrick Connor, resigned from his post after severe backlash from the video.

This lawn mowing company made some of the most racist business cards we’ve seen.

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The company decided to go with a business strategy of being “American-Owned” to get an edge over Latino owned landscaping businesses. The card itself reads “Your alternative to Illegal Lawn Services” and “Taking back Carrollton–One lawn at a time.” ????

The business claims to be getting death threats and issues new cards–that effectively remove the “American Owned” bit and replaced it with “God Bless America.”

Not all racists are old and uneducated. This white lawyer threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Spanish-speaking restaurant workers.

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He started yelling at employees at Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan after hearing them speak Spanish with customers. “Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” he berated one employee in the video. “This is America.”

People started laughing at him which caused him to threaten to call ICE. So what happened? Twitter identified the man, his law office and its renter. The company that leased the office terminated its agreement with the lawyer.

This pedestrian threw an elote street cart over.

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The guy is from Argentina. Still, he got so upset he didn’t have the full sidewalk he felt entitled to that he threw Benjamin Ramirez’s cart over. Ramirez stood his ground and refused to move his cart, telling him there was plenty of room for him to pass. When Ramirez calls him racist, he said, “I’m not racist, I’m from Argentina.”

Ramirez has been a street vendor since 2000 and has never experienced anything like it. They called the police but because the Argentinian could speak English, he just told the police that it was Ramirez’ fault.

This woman attacked a Latina mother for speaking Spanish in an IHOP.

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People really have a problem with us speaking Spanish, huh? Norma Vasquez got so pissed and I was here for it. She started yelling back that she does speak English. She responded with:

“Do you want the Russians over here telling you what to do?”

“You want the Nazis telling you what do? We want English in the United States. We don’t want the Nazis back. We don’t want the fascists back. We don’t want Castro back,” she exclaims.

This white lady straight up threw hot coffee on a Latino worker.

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A Latino contractor caught this fitness trainer yelling at Miguel Sanchez, who was in charge of her apartment building’s construction. She was calling him and his partner “wetbacks” and that they were here to steal their stuff. When Sanchez showed her that he has a garage clicker and keys to the apartment building, she threw her hot coffee on him.

She then went on to threaten his family on Facebook.

Worse than these daily aggressions are the widespread policies that directly hurt Latinxs.

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Undocumented immigrants are too afraid to report domestic abuse out of fear of being deported thanks to Texas’ new tough laws on immigration enforcement. While the Latino population grows, there was a 16 percent drop in domestic violence reports in Houston. They have good reason to be afraid.

After a transgender woman living in El Paso reported her partner to the police for domestic abuse, ICE detained her for being undocumented.

Trump tried to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

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A federal judge blocked the policy saying that the government failed to show harm of continuing TPS, which allows 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to live and work in the U.S. To do so would cost the economy billions of dollars since, you know, immigrants. We get the job done.

While policy ruins lives, personal aggressions slowly decay at Latinxs as well.

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This Los Angeles Times reporter shared her experience in an Op-Ed of how she was yelled at by a “pink fingernails, dark blond hair” woman who demanded she “Speak English.” Esmeralda Bermudez left El Salvador when she was 7 years old during the civil war. She and her Armenian husband are raising their child to be fluent in three languages.

This white lady tried to open a “modern frutería” in Barrio Logan and failed.

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Guys, the video is too cringe-worthy to even share. This woman, Jenny Niezgoda, started a Kickstarter to raise funds for “La Gracia.” One activist said, “For someone to come in thinking they’re going to save something they’re not part of is offensive. The way she’s representing her business, I feel colonized once again.”

Just a few weeks ago, students at Duke University celebrated Latinx Heritage Month with this mural.

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The month is meant to give honor and recognition to all the Latinx accomplishments in the U.S. thus far. Mi Gente is Duke University’s official Latinx student organization. Every year they come together for “Pintado Murales,” an artistic legacy of Latinx icons.

Within 24 hours, the mural was defaced.

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But of course, this is 2018 and being proud of your Latinidad is somehow a direct threat to white people. Thanks, Trump. The co-president of Mi Gente, Sujeiry Jimenez, said:

“I felt devastated but not completely shocked. Incidents like this had happened at Duke not long before this. Before classes even started this year, the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture was also the target of an act of hate speech.”

The students clapped back in the most poetic way possible.

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“As a both a leader and member of the Latinx community it was very powerful to see the response not only from our own community but from the larger Duke community,” Jimenez recalls. “We, as a community decided to write over the spray paint, but not with the intention of covering it up. We wanted to send a message of resilience and show that we could rise about the hate. Then, we recreated our mural to the side of where the original one was.”

But the worst may be yet to come.

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With Halloween right around the corner, we’re all revving up for the inevitable sombrero wearing jocks and now, this trashy Selena costume that offers zero reverence to the one and only Selena Quintanilla.


READ: Lawn Mowing Company Issued Racist Business Cards, Now Claims They’re Getting Death Threats

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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