The Top Racist Meltdowns That People Should Be Ashamed Of In 2019
There’s no denying that 2019 proved to be another troubling year when it came to the rise of racism in our country. Displays of bigotry appeared right at the forefront of news headlines which told, time and time again, stories of abusive attacks on minority groups, particularly Latinos. Attacks on Muslim and Latinx people have been sanctioned by government policies but we have also seen disturbingly bigoted behavior from average citizens. Hate crimes have skyrocketed since 2016 and viral videos of racist attacks and abuse are commonplace on the internet.
Here are the top meltdowns from racist people in 2016.
When this woman got mad at Puerto Ricans for not being Americans even though… they are.
On June 30th, 2019, Johanny Santana was standing in line at the grocery store when a child came into the line to ask his grandfather a question. The child and grandfather spoke Spanish to each other and this caused a white woman who was also in line to cuss at the boy. Hearing this, Santana started recording with her phone to capture any further encounters. The boy left and came back, only to have another woman object. This is when Santana stepped in and changed the focus to her.
In a video posted to Facebook, Santana asks the other woman if she had a problem with the individuals speaking Spanish after the white woman loudly complains, “Any century now.” The White woman then told Santana, “Can you stop talking to me? You’re a p*ta.” After Santana told the woman not to say that word, she responded again, repeating, “You’re a p*ta.”
It’s then that the altercation turned overtly racist.
The woman launched into a bigoted diatribe aimed at Santana. In the video, she can be heard saying:
“You shouldn’t be in this country. I hope Trump deports you. I was born here, you don’t belong here, go back to your own country. You don’t belong here, you came here illegally. You should be deported.”
The unidentified white woman then accused Santana of using “drug money” to buy her groceries. In the video, she is seen flashing cash at the Boricua and telling her that her money was legal, unlike what Santana was using.
The man who lost it when he heard a woman in Walmart speaking Spanish.
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 who swore at a manager at a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia for speaking Spanish.
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.
The restaurant owner who fired his line cook of ten years for speaking Spanish.
Argentine Francisca Pérez was just talking (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.
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.
When the commander-in-chief accused what he called “‘Progressive’ Democrat congresswomen” of being from foreign countries with governments full of corruption.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came… you can’t leave fast enough.”
The level of xenophobia and incompetence in these tweets is really mind-boggling. Democrats and progressives were quick to denounce the bigoted words of the president but — unsurprisingly — there was no such outrage from the far-right.
The president’s tweets were aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as her fellow congresswomen Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Rashida Tlaib — also known as “The Squad.” It’s from the strong women that we have seen the most powerful responses to the president’s words.
When Donald Trump demanded FEMA give tornado victims in Alabama “A-Plus treatment” while Puerto Ricans were still suffering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This ICE facility detained a 24-year-old pregnant woman and four days later she prematurely gave birth to her stillborn baby.
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.
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.
When this woman attacked 91-year-old abuelito.
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.