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A Latino Student Was Told To ‘Speak English’ By A Substitute Teacher And Now The Video Is Going Viral

A Soccoro, Texas high school teacher is now under investigation following an incident where she told a Latinx student to “Speak English, we’re in America.” The moment was captured on camera, according to KVIA. The teacher, who was a substitute, even called security on the teenager who was identified as Carlos Cobian. 

This is the second recorded scandal at Soccoro High School. Last week, a teacher was caught on camera slapping a female student on the butt. He was subsequently put on paid administrative leave as the district investigates. 

Recordings of racist incidents against Latinxs have made headlines since the Trump administration began to double down on harmful rhetoric about Latinxs and immigrants. Meanwhile, the number of anti-Latinx hate crimes soared in 2018 according to the FBI. This is just one new example of how the President’s rhetoric hurts Latinxs. 

KVIA spoke with Cobian who explained what went down.

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Cobian says he entered the classroom while watching a football game of Argentina playing Uruguay on his phone. According to him and what can be seen in the video, other students were also on the phone but the teacher singled him out. The substitute came over to Cobian and tried to take his phone from him. 

“I saw that she was gonna get it so I got it too and I told her ‘no why, no porque?’ and that’s when she said talk English, we’re in America,” Cobian said.

Students at the Socorro Independent School District are allowed to have phones on campus for school use, however it does require permission from a teacher. According to the district’s code of conduct, “When students are not using the devices for approved instructional purposes, all devices must be turned off during the instructional day. Violations may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.” 

Cobian still doesn’t know why she singled him out, but her response left him feeling understandably angry.

“I was shocked, and then I got a little mad,” he said. “For her to come to teach at Socorro, being a sub, like 90% of the students here are Mexicans and Latinos.”

The teacher accused Cobian of pushing her. The video showed he never even tried.

Things escalated when the teacher called security on Cobian. She even said he tried to push her. Security removed him from class to question him, but when he began to explain the picture became clearer. 

“I thought it was a little racist because you know, we live on the border and it’s all Mexican, Latinos,” Cobian told WIVB. 

Fortunately, some of his peers were recording everything when it was happening. The recordings would clear Cobian’s name.

“She actually tried to say that I pushed her, but I didn’t and some of the videos come out that I didn’t really push her,” he said. 

Cobian said that when the security guards watched the video they seemed to believe him. He did not receive any disciplinary action from the school. 

“The incident in the video is being investigated. Appropriate action, per our employee code of conduct policies, will be taken,” a spokesperson for the school district told KVIA. 

League of United Latin American Citizens issued a statement calling for the substitute teacher’s banning. 

“The substitute teacher caught on camera telling a student to ‘Speak English’ must be permanently banned from instructing students effective immediately. Teachers and all school staff are meant to be leaders and mentors to our children – not racists who harbor anti-immigrant sentiments,” said Domingo Garcia, national president of LULAC. 

Garcia noted that for nearly 50 years, Spanish was banned in public schools in Texas — the state that used to be a part of Mexico — making the teacher’s comments all the more egregious. According to the Texas Star-Telegram, legislators banned Spanish under the premise that it prevented students from embracing American culture and English. However, statistics from 1967 showed that 89 percent of Latinxs essentially dropped out of school because of the rule.

“From 1918 until the Texas Bilingual Act in 1969, Texas laws banned Spanish in public schools and many of us remember personally that this was enforced with humiliating corporal punishment in schools. It is abominable that this institutionalized racism against the Hispanic community in Texas hasn’t ended,” Garcia said. 

Students who spoke Spanish when it was banned received humiliating punishments — it’s no wonder they would drop out. 

“The days when a Hispanic student’s mouth would get washed with soap for speaking Spanish are long gone,” said Mary Yañez, El Paso district director of LULAC. “We ask the Socorro Independent School District to investigate this matter and if racial comments were made by the teacher, she should be banned from teaching.”

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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Racists Caught On Video Shouting “White Lives Matter” And Giving Nazi Salute To Couple

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Racists Caught On Video Shouting “White Lives Matter” And Giving Nazi Salute To Couple

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In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the country has been grappling with racial inequality and police brutality – trying to figure out how to move forward into a country that knows Black lives matter.

However, it also seems that racist encounters are on the rise, or at least they’re more commonly being caught on camera. Another white couple, this time in California, has gone viral for their racist attack on a couple after an alleged road rage incident. The encounter, all of which was caught on camera, was enough proof to land the racist couple behind bars on hate crime and vandalism charges.

A man gave a Nazi salute and a woman shouted “white lives matter” in an encounter with a couple in California.

A nasty racist encounter in Torrance was caught on cameras as a Black couple was abused at a red light by a white man and woman yelling “Only white lives matter!”

Itzel Lopez and her boyfriend were sitting at a red light in Torrance, CA, when a white couple stormed out of their pickup truck. That’s when Lopez started recording. In the video, a white woman can be seen standing on the passenger side, flipping dual middle fingers at Lopez and her boyfriend, who is Black. She yells “white lives matter (expletive)” and then “only white lives matter.”

The man, who was standing on the driver’s side, fluttered his hand in a wave then yelled “white power!” and made a Nazi salute. Then he grabbed a shovel and slammed it against the car as Lopez’s boyfriend backed up and sped away.

Lopez, who posted the video to Instagram, wrote: “Today on my 25th birthday I was a victim of racism and so was my boyfriend who is black. We were being harassed for miles.”

For Lopez, 25, the firsthand experience of hate was jarring. “I experience racism in a extremely traumatic way,” she wrote in the Instagram video’s caption.

“We were just in shock. We didn’t know what was going on,” Lopez told KTLA.

The racist couple have since been charged with a hate crime and vandalism of property.

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Not long after driving away, Lopez and her boyfriend found the couple’s truck outside a Starbucks and recorded the license plate. The following day they reported the incident to the Torrance Police Department. In a news release the department said the crime started as a “road rage situation.” 

And thanks to the video, the white couple, Gregory and Rachel Howell, both 29, were arrested on hate crime and vandalism charges, police said. In an interview with KTLA before the arrest, Lopez said she wanted justice.

“I don’t want them to just go freely and continue to do this to someone else,” she said.

As the U.S. confronts racial inequality, racist incidents and hate crimes have been increasingly caught on camera.

Sadly but not surprisingly, racist incidents like this are far too common across the country. And as the U.S. grapples with mass protests against racial inequality since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, it seems that incidences like this are on the rise.

In June, a self-identified Ku Klux Klan leader was charged with a hate crime after driving through peaceful protesters in Richmond, while in Wisconsin, a school district called for hate crime charges against a white woman who spat on a Black student during a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration.

A report from the Census Bureau found these hate crimes and other racist interactions have taken a toll on the mental health of African Americans, with the rate of those reporting significant anxiety and depression jumping from 36 to 41 percent.

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