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The New York Attorney Who Went On Rant Against Spanish-Speakers Cowers From Media

Aaron Schlossberg became internet famous this week for his rant against Spanish-speaking people at a Midtown Manhattan restaurant. The business attorney was so offended that employees and customers were speaking in Spanish that he flew into a rant threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to have the people deported. However, things didn’t turn out well for Schlossberg, who has felt the repercussions for his opinions and the problems just keep coming.

This is how the internet will remember New York City business attorney Aaron Schlossberg.

So my wife and her best friend Just experience what America is becoming !

They where on there lunch time and ordering there food and just because they where speaking in Spanish to the waiter this asshole jumps in and started to call the waiter and my wife and her best friend all types of names and threatened to call I.C.E on them and the employees !!!!

What a big man talking down to couple of women and a helpless employee. I wish someone tells me I can’t speak in my native language ! First of all they wasn’t talking to you !! Asshole !

My country !! Haha ????
I love the way people are just throwing that world around lately !!
If you love this country this much ! Why don’t you put on uniform and protect it !!

If he was so offended because the waiter was speak in Spanish only because of a native person spoke to him in Spanish, why don’t he start waitering and he won’t have that issue and family stop getting Spanish nannies and stop getting Spanish people to farm and ………
You know where I’m getting !!

So please stop !! Because in the end you need them ! But what you need to do is stop trying to control us ! Slavery stopped a long time ago !!

Deena Gonzalez Emily Serrano

Posted by Edward Suazo on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The attorney was caught on camera claiming the he’d be calling ICE to have Spanish-speaking employees deported. Schlossberg was arguing with an employee claiming that everyone should be speaking English since he pays for their “welfare.” His rant was met with people laughing him out of the building after he verbally attacked the woman recording because of her weight.

But, his website does say that he speaks Spanish.

His official business website proclaims that his office will see people who speak Spanish, French, Chinese and Hebrew. Some reporters confronted Schlossberg on the sidewalk recently and asked why he didn’t speak Spanish with the Spanish-speaking women. He avoided the press by covering himself with an umbrella and called law enforcement claiming he was being harassed by the reporters asking him questions.

The video and subsequent backlash has been so severe that Schlossberg has been evicted from his office space.

Schlossberg’s office is located next door to the Fresh Kitchen cafeteria where the incident occurred.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat came forward and announced that he would be filing a formal grievance against the attorney.

Rep. Espaillat is the first formerly undocumented immigrant to ever be elected to Congress. As such, he has used his position and voice to fight for undocumented immigrants.

And he followed through with it.

“We are writing to file a formal complaint against Aaron Schlossberg with the disciplinary committee of the New York State Unified Court System,” reads the complaint. “What was witnessed in the vile video from Mr. Schlossberg, which has since gone viral, is [a] humiliating and insulting attack on the more than 50 years of progress that this nation has made since the Civil Rights movement.”

The complaint continues: “The egregiousness of bald-faced racism, in all of its ugliness, must be rejected and replaced with the kindness, solidarity and sense of togetherness that has made this great American experiment in democracy a shining example of all the world to see and admire for over two centuries.”

Someone set up a GoFundMe page so people could come together and send mariachis to his office.

They exceeded their goal by so much that the organizer has announced that there will also be a taco truck and piñata. However, the date and time remain a mystery because, as the poster claims, members of 4Chan are threatening to show up to the demonstration.

Yet, despite the tough language in the restaurant, he is refusing to defend or explain his rant.

Much like the New York Post video, all Schlossberg has done is run when confronted about his rant. People seem to forget that this is the 21st century and everything you do can be recorded and published to social media within minutes.


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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

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Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges After Running Over Latino and Black Children With Her Car

Photo: Polk County Jail via Associated Press

On Wednesday, an Iowa woman pled guilty to federal hate crime charges. The woman, 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, intentionally hit a 12-year-old Black boy and a 14-year-old Latina with her car in 2019. The charges include two counts of violating the U.S Hate Crime Act, as Poole Franklin intended to kill the victims because of their ethnicity.

Nicole Poole Franklin admitted to authorities that she targeted the girl because she thought she looked “Mexican”. She thought the boy was an Islamic terrorist.

As part of her defense, Poole Franklin is claiming that she suffers from schizophrenia and PTSD. Since her arrest, she admitted to police officers that she smoked meth before going on her hate-filled rampage.

The incident, which happened in December of 2019, struck fear into the hearts of communities of color in Des Moines, Iowa, where the hate crimes took place. “Anytime things happen to any minority, people are concerned about what happened,” said Joe Gonzalez, the executive director of Latino Resources Inc. in Iowa. “It was a horrific thing and people were concerned — especially people of color.”

When Nicole Poole Franklin ran over the children, she injured the boy’s leg. The girl, Natalia Miranda, was knocked unconscious and hospitalized for two days.

Natalia Miranda was walking to junior high school on December 9, 2019, when Poole Franklin ran her down on the side walk. Miranda was unconscious for 40 minutes before she woke up and walked to school, where she alerted the authorities.

Natalia Miranda says she remembers the car speeding towards her, but she doesn’t remember being hit. “I was in the hospital and I tried moving, and I couldn’t get out of my bed,” the 14-year-old told KCCI. “Sitting up was the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

As of now, prosecutors are recommending that Nicole Poole Franklin serve 27 years behind bars.

Poole Franklin is also looking at two charges of attempted murder–both of which could carry up to 25 years each. Prosecutors are recommending that she serves all of the jailtime–state and federal–at the same time.

Here’s to hoping that the justice system does what is right and puts Nicole Poole Franklin behind bars for a long time–if only to save the lives of innocent children of color whose only crime is walking down the street.

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

Photo via @the_asian_dawn/Instagram

In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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