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Woman Captured On Video Using Racial Slur Loses Job As Hollywood Costumer But Apologizes Because She Was Drunk

*Warning: The video includes very graphic and offensive language.*

Heather Lynn Patton was a costume designer in Hollywood before she was caught on camera screaming racial slurs at a CVS in Eagle Rock. The video starts with the woman jumping up and down scream that she “hates n—ers.”

Heather Lynn Patton was caught on camera claiming she wants to kill black people.

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The video is a very disturbing moment in the growing racial tensions in the U.S. Videos like this have become an ever-increasing presence in social media. We’ve seen people verbally attacking Black people for existing and brown people being harassed about their immigration status. Heather Lynn Patton is just the latest example of this racial tension in the country.

Patton was a costume designer in Hollywood but lost that job after the video was released.

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Patton is reported to have worked on two seasons the “Medium” starring Patricia Arquette. Several celebrities who have worked on projects with the racist woman have denounced her and her actions.

Patton took to Instagram to “apologize” by blaming it on her being intoxicated.

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While Patton tried to blame her racist outburst on being intoxicated, people are not letting her get away with it. Twitter users have spent the last couple of days letting their opinions be known about how being drunk is not an acceptable excuse.

Some people were quick to point out that she blamed her outburst on being drunk, yet got into her car to drive home.

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She basically admitted to drinking and driving after telling a store full of people that she would kill Black people if the law allowed. People are demanding justice after her outburst was spread all over social media.

Despite her apology, LAPD is investigating the threatening nature of her angry rant.

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According to The Washington Post, the LAPD is investigating the woman’s outburst as a hate incident. KTLA has reported that some of her neighbors have filed restraining orders against her because of her erratic and racist behavior.

You can watch Patton’s outburst below.

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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In 2020, we saw several street vendors attacked while trying to make ends meet. As the pandemic drags on and people are desperate, the attacks on street vendors have not abated and a Long Beach street vendor is the latest victim.

A street vendor in Long Beach was brutally attacked while working.

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Gerardo Iván Olmeda Del Pilar, 22, was working as a street vendor in Long Beach when he was attacked by two people. The vendor, according to LA Taco, was later than usual in setting up after dropping of fellow street vendors on his way.

Del Pilar was at the intersection of Burnett Street and Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday Jan. 16 when it happened. The street vendor was approached by two men who seemed to be regular customers when they attacked.

“Everything was calm, then I want to say four hours passed when two men came towards me and like any other customer they asked me for an order of fruit,” Del Pilar told LA Taco

Del Pilar is not letting this stop him from what he has to do to survive.

Del Pilar has been a street vendor for a while. The man, who is from Veracruz, Mexico, was suckerpunched and attacked. According to LA Taco, Del Pilar was giving the men their order when one punched him in the chin to knock him down. They then both started to attack him until they got his wallet and ran away. The men stole $500 from him.

Del Pilar told the Long Beach Post that there was not much he could do while being attacked. He was left with a swollen face and horrific bumps on his face from the vicious attack.

Two friends have set up GoFundMe accounts to help Del Pilar out.

Both Alex Diaz and Marissa Gomez have set up GoFundMe pages to help the young man. Combined, the two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $10,000 and are still accepting donations to help Del Pilar.

“While he was cutting up their fruit, one man reached into his backpack and took out an object and used it to punch him in the face. They broke his nose and lumped up his face and then dragged and kicked him while he was on the floor,” reads Gomez’s GoFundMe. “This man was an innocent victim just trying to provide for his family. All donations will go to replace this man’s lost income. There is no such thing as a donation too small anything is appreciated.”

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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The world is racing to vaccinate everyone to put a stop to the relentless Covid-19 pandemic. In the U.S., states and counties are rolling out their own plans based on suggestions from health experts. California, home to the largest population of farmworkers, is making them a priority.

California has laid out their vaccination plan and farmworkers are being prioritized.

California is facing a relentless Covid-19 surge of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. According to The New York Times, California has the second-highest level of infections per capita in the U.S. More than 30,000 people have died of Covid in California and the vaccination effort has been severely lagging.

California’s vaccination plan has been criticized for its very slow roll out.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 816,000 doses of the virus have been given to residents. There have been more than 2 million vaccine doses shipped to California. Currently, California, the most populated state in the country, is still in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for healthcare workers and long-term care residents. The Vaccinate All 58 campaign claims that there are 3 million people in California in Phase 1A. Almost 40 million people live in California.

Activists have been calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that farmworkers are prioritized.

California is home to the largest concentration of farmworkers in the U.S. The Center for Farmworker Families claims that 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers, or about 1/3 to 1/2 of the farmworker populations, live in California. Seventy-five percent of farmworkers in California are undocumented.

As the rest of the state was able to shelter in place, farmworkers did not stop working. They provided a necessary lifeline to the nation in keeping the food supply running. Farmworkers are more likely to contract Covid because of their living conditions. Studies show that the low wages that farmworkers are paid means that many live in crowded conditions.

READ: As The U.S. Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine, What’s The Future Of Vaccine Access In Latin America?

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