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It’s Only March And We’ve Already Seen Several Racist Moments Against Latinos Go Viral

We’re not even three months into 2019 and we’ve already seen multiple examples of racism against Latinos go viral. Latinos continue to be fired from their jobs or harassed in public simply for speaking Spanish. The first ICE raid of a large employer in over ten years forever changed 100 immigrant lives. Despite Democratic control of the House, the federal government continues to expand ICE’s reach.

The 2020 presidential campaign season is underway. So many of us are looking to our politicians to change their rhetoric and put the safety of all Americans are the forefront. Here are the examples of racism our community has already experienced this year.

The latest example is that of a woman being harassed at a Walmart for speaking Spanish.

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According to the video, Nereyda was at Walmart and was speaking Spanish with her mother. That’s when this man spoke up and told her that she needed to stop speaking Spanish because she was in the U.S. Newsflash, viejito, English is not the official language of this country and, in fact, English is the language forced on the country by European colonizers. If you really want to show respect to this country, maybe start by learning it’s history before you tell people you can’t wait for Trump to use your tax dollars to build the border wall.

This lady swore at a manager at a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia for speaking Spanish.

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On February 16, a woman identified as Jill was recorded yelling at the manager of the Mexican restaurant she was patroning, saying, “English is our first language, so you need to speak English. Get the f*ck out of my country.” Several people came to the defense of the manager, who offered to pay for their food if they would leave. On her way out, Jill threw something at him and kept repeating, “illegal aliens raped me.”

POTUS giving the locos good material since 2016 apparently.

This line cook was fired after ten years of service for speaking Spanish.

“Image: Francisca Perez” Digital Image. NBC News. 5 March 2019.

Argentine Francisca Pérez was just telling (in Spanish) recently hired waitress Janet Ruelas-Nava that a dish was ready at Osteria Fasula in Davis, California, when the owner, Leonardo Fasula, fired her. Fasula became incensed when she accused him of discriminating against Mexicans and asked her if she wanted him to put burritos on the menu. “This is America. We speak English here,” he said.

This all happened in front of her son, who was just dropped off after the end of her shift.

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Later on, she said that he cried and told her, “I don’t know if he was saying that to you or to me.” The Center for Workers’ Rights in Sacramento has filed a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Pérez’ behalf.

Oh, and Donald Trump demanded FEMA give tornado victims in Alabama “A Plus treatment,” but Puerto Rico heard something different.

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Meanwhile, while Puerto Rico was literally under water, he explicitly compared the territory to other states, “We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!”

Yeah, you got an F on that one.

His favoritism for a red state over fire-ravaged California and brown Puerto Rico didn’t go unnoticed.

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Puerto Rico means nothing to him since the U.S. takes Puerto Rican money without offering the right to vote in federal elections. People were also out here tweeting that Alabama should stop “mismanaging their air,” as a jab to Trump’s ignorance around the California wildfires.

Trump declared a national emergency in February to divert tax dollars from different departments to fund his useless border wall.

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Trump himself admitted, “I didn’t need to do this,” but that it would build his wall faster. This is a POTUS subverting American tax dollars and his own power to propel his 2020 campaign. Basura. He’s creating all the crises at the border and we know it.

In March, the GOP and 26 Democrats voted to expand Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) reach.

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AOC’s fury is all to relatable in this tweet: “Where was the concern last week when 26 Dems voted for a GOP amendment to expand ICE powers rooted in the racist + false trope that Latino immigrants are more dangerous than US born citizens?”

Which means more money and second chances for North Carolina Sheriff Terry Johnson to harass Latino residents.

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In 2012, The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against Johnson for systematically and unlawfully targeting Latino residents at traffic stops, interrogation and seizures. ICE cut ties with him for discriminatory policing.

In January, ICE approved $2.8 million budget increase for staffing and upgrades at Sheriff Johnson’s county detention facilit to hold immigrants for ICE. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

The New York Times revealed systemic shortfalls in health care provided by Border Patrol.

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After two children died in Border Patrol custody in December 2018, The New York Times did a deep dive into negligence by Border Patrol. Migrants are often arriving with serious injuries and BP is not equipped to handle the crises coming in. Instead of funding medical care to save lives, the GOP wants to fund a wall.

This ICE facility detained a 24-year-old pregnant woman and four days later she prematurely gave birth to her stillborn baby.

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ICE isn’t even reporting it as an “in-custody death” because the baby was stillborn. Last year, Trump announced it would change the release policy for pregnant women and instead detain them, knowing the detention centers don’t have proper medical resources to care for expectant mothers.

This same facility is now holding this 72-year-old abuelito with Alzheimer’s in solitary confinement.

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The family says that every time they speak with Noe, he’s even more confused, and keeps thinking he’s getting out the next day. The family petitioned to have him fight the case outside of the detention center. They offered to put him in solitary confinement. He also has cancer and diabetes. Basta.

You can call 956-547-1700 right now and demand they release Noe De La Cruz.

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RAICES Texas is petitioning us all to fight for Noe.

Caption: “Stay on the line and tell the operator we are calling to demand that Noe De La Cruz (A035302758) gets released!

Solitary confinement is not a substitute for true medical care.”

As of March 6, 200 people detained in Texas immigration centers have the mumps.

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Why? Because as The New York Times reported, migrants are not being given even the basic medical care as they arrive. Migrants have said they were left alone in concrete cells with broken bones. Mumps is a highly contagious virus when not vaccinated against and the booming immigrant detention industry maximizes profit by sardining the tired and weary.

Four U.S. women were sentenced to 15 months probation for leaving food and water for migrants walking through the desert.

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If you try to do America’s job and keep people on our soil alive, you get a record. If the migrants were Canadians or Israelis, these women would have received an award. Nope. Morality doesn’t lie in the laws.

The U.S. is now forcing asylum seekers in lethal danger to wait out their court hearings on Mexican soil, further endangering their lives.

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The ACLU reports that one Honduran woman who fled after her suegro threatened to kill her for being a lesbian is forced to wait her claim in Mexico, without any assistance. Honduras offers no LGBT protections. She’ll have to show up to the border on days of her court hearings, be granted no interpreter, lawyer, or opportunity to appeal.

After North Carolinians voted to end ICE cooperation, ICE retaliated with a 5 day spree.

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North Carolina recently held local elections that put new Sheriffs on the maps—Sheriffs that publicly vowed to end ICE cooperation. Starting February 5, ICE targeted those specific three counties and detained more than 200 immigrants. The ICE Field Office Director even went on to say that if local police cooperated with ICE, you would have less people getting detained.

An advocacy group filed suit against ICE for their raid of a Tennessee meat processing factory.

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In April 2018, ICE raided and detained 100 Latino workers, while dismissing the white workers without question. Six workers were deported, twelve left the country voluntarily, five are still in custody and forty have been released on bond. We’re rooting for The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the law firm of Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison.

In mildly brighter news, this woman was finally sentenced for attacking this 91 year old abuelito.

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Remember this 91 year old abuelito who was just visiting his family from Michoacán, Mexico? His attacker, Laquisha Jones, has been sentenced to 15 years for elder abuse.

Remember this U.S. Border Patrol Agent who detained these two moms for speaking Spanish in Montana last year?

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Martha Hernandez and Ana Suda were detained for 40 minutes on May 16, 2018 simply for speaking Spanish. They were both born in the U.S. and are citizens.

The ACLU has since filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and the Agent O’Neal for detaining them on the basis of race.

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The ACLU’s statement reveals that, even though the women have lived in Montana for years, they’ve since been “shunned and harassed by other town residents.” Suda has even said now her own hija is afraid to speak Spanish.

READ: [VIDEO] This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

Conservatives Are Furious That AOC Called Out Rush Limbaugh’s Racist Past

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Conservatives Are Furious That AOC Called Out Rush Limbaugh’s Racist Past

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During the State of the Union address, President Donald Trump broke protocol and norms by awarding a “surprise” Presidential Medal of Freedom. Former winners of the award are Ellen DeGeneres, Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Isabella Allende, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The newest recipient is conservative and extreme radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Rush Limbaugh is the latest recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Rush Limbaugh is a Conservative radio host who is known to use racist, sexist, and xenophobic language during his shows. He has used his platform to slut-shame women fighting for affordable access to birth control and once referred to a 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton to a dog. During one show, Limbaugh sang a song to perform a racist rant against then-President Barack Obama.

His racist, sexist, and xenophobic rantings are all documented because of his radio show.

“The Rush Limbaugh Show” has been nationally syndicated since 1988 and boasts 25 million listeners monthly. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks are among the honorees of the award.

A lot of people don’t agree that Limbaugh deserves the honor.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is supposed to be reserved for civilians who have made major contributions to society. The contributions can be through the arts, philanthropy, science, etc. Many are wondering what Limbaugh has done to further society in a positive way. In a clip from “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Limbaugh is seen making fun of Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease.

Conservatives and Limbaugh fans are most upset with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s take on the medal.

It was recently revealed to the public that Limbaugh was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Many of the AOC critics have held tight to this fact when attacked the Congresswoman.

Some have gone strong against the New York Congresswoman.

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Conservatives on Twitter are up in arms about AOC calling out a man’s racist, sexist, and xenophobic past. They aren’t mad that the man said and did those things, just that a Latina Congresswoman reminded people of those comments. Think about that.

READ: AOC Said In Any Other Country She And Joe Biden Would Not Even Be In The Same Party

She Was Cropped Out Of A Photo Featuring Her White Peers, Now This African Climate Change Activist Is Speaking Out

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She Was Cropped Out Of A Photo Featuring Her White Peers, Now This African Climate Change Activist Is Speaking Out

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Racism and white privilege are front and center in the climate change battle thanks to a viral photo of five climate change activists that was cropped to remove the only woman of color. The ‘terrible mistake’ has sparked an outcry among the public and prompted soul-searching at the Associated Press – the organization responsible for erasing the only Black woman in the photo.

The incident highlights the erasure of people of color from activist circles and the silencing of their voices to elevate those of their white peers.

In a photo of five climate activists, the only Black activist was cropped out before publishing.

It all happened at the World Economic Forum in Davis, Switzerland, where the young climate activists were in attendance. A photographer with the Associated Press took a picture of the five activists, including the well-known climate superstar Greta Thunberg and Ugandan Vanessa Nakate. THe photographer cropped it Nakate and sent a photo of the four whit women with a scenic mountain backdrop to editors around the world.

The AP’s initial response to the criticism was that it was done to enable a close-up of Thunberg and to remove a possible distraction in the photo – a building behind Nakate.

Vanessa Nakate told BuzzFeed News she was heartbroken to see websites use a photo featuring four white activists but not her.

In a Twitter DM conversation with Buzzfeed News, Nakate said she was heartbroken when she realized what had been done. She went on to say “I cried because it was so sad not just that it was racist, I was sad because of the people from Africa. It showed how we are valued. It hurt me a lot. It is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life.”

The young climate activist also took to Twitter to share her reaction in an emotional 10-minute-long video discussing her experience at the summit and how it felt being cropped from the photo. She says “it was the first time in my life that I understood the definition of the word ‘racism.'” She said she felt like her story had been erased.

“I don’t feel OK right now,” she said in the video posted on Twitter. “The world is so cruel.”

Thunberg supported her on social media, saying over the weekend that the picture was “totally unacceptable in so many ways. Like Vanessa said herself: ‘You didn’t just erase a photo. You erased a continent.’”

She’s also had to face backlash from people saying if she didn’t want to be cropped out, she should of stood in the middle of the group. Like what the…?

For real. People on Twitter were trying to tell this young African activist that she should of positioned herself in the middle of the photo if she didn’t want to be cropped out. What is wrong with people? How are you going to tell a person of color to be mindful of where they stand simply out of fear of being cropped? That’s not how it should work.

The AP originally said it was done to allow a close-up shot of Greta Thunberg but has since apologized for the incident.

The initial responde from the AP was definitely tone deaf, saying that it was done with the intention to remove a distraction in the photo’s background. Even if that were true, in doing so, you’re literally erasing the only person of color (and her experience) from the photo, the summit, and the cause. That’s not OK.

Recognizing the error in their response, the AP changed course by the weekend.

“My hope is that we can learn from this and be a better news organization going forward,” Sally Buzbee, the news service’s executive editor and senior vice president, said Monday. “I realize I need to make clear from the very top, from me, that diversity and inclusion needs to be one of our highest priorities.”

“This is a very important issue for the AP, and it’s bigger than a bad mistake on one photo,” said Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of the AP, who attended the first meeting. “Our values are to cover the world — not the white world, but the whole world. And we need to do it.”

Being erased from a major moment has led Nakate to lead a mission to fight for more inclusivity in the environmental justice movement.

Speaking up catapulted Nakate into an unfamiliar territory of social activism: calling out anti-black discrimination and racism. After experiencing “the definition of the word” for the first time in her life, she received messages of support. She said she now felt a greater responsibility to “amplify their voices”.

Nakate, an activist since 2018, was inspired by Thunberg to start her own climate movement in Uganda and began a solitary strike against inaction on the climate crisis in January 2019.

She’s made it a point to highlight the climate change issues that affect minority and vulnerable populations around the world. She hopes to remind people, that climate change is affecting the world’s most vulnerable populations already. That for many communities around the world, especially in her native Uganda, there is no time to wait for action.