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A Man Has Been Arrested After Praising Trump For Creating An Opportunity To Eliminate Dangerous Non-Whites

Latino-hating people have existed in this country since the Founding Fathers declared it the United States of America. Racism against our people is something we have grown accustomed to, as it has shown its despicable face in various forms. However, since Donald Trump became president of the U.S., his hateful words against Latinos has given way for a new wave of racism, one that is very much alive and well. 

Months before the El Paso shooting, another white supremacist and Trump supporter also had plans to exterminate Latinos.

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On Aug. 16, the FBI arrested Eric Lin, a 35-year-old man (other publications list him as 36) who threatened a female immigrant from Spain who worked at a restaurant in Miami. Lin was arrested in Washington state but is from the state of Maryland.  

According to several news outlets, Lin sent her extensive hateful and racist Facebook messages against Latinos. He also proclaimed to be a neo-Nazi as he has declared his love of Adolf Hitler. 

The message below, provided through court documents by the Miami New Times, Lin writes: 

“I thank god every day Donald John Trump is President and that he will launch a Racial War and Crusade to keep the Niggers, Spics, and Muslims and any dangerous non-White or Ethnically or Culturally foreign group ‘In Line.’ By ‘in Line’ it is meant that they will either be sent to ‘Concentration Camps’ or dealt with Ruthlessly and Vigorously by the United States Military.”

Lin continued his hateful verbal assault of Latinos by sending the female victim more than a hundred Facebook messages. 

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The female victim contacted the FBI and provided them with 150 printed pages of messages that he sent her. The FBI got a warrant for Lin’s account and searched them thoroughly and found more disturbing information including images where he doctored a picture of Hitler and put his face on it.  

The woman, who has not been identified, told officials that she was familiar with Lin because he regularly visited the place where she worked. He then began harassing her via Facebook messages, writing horrendous things such as “I will stop at Nothing until you, your family, your friends, your entire WORTHLESS LATIN RACE IS RACIALLY EXTERMINATED.”

He also managed to contract a man to help him carry out his plan of kidnapping the woman. He said he would pay him $25,000. 

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“The Plan is you and Mara convince her that you are Rich White Americans people she looks up to. And then get her into a rented house or mansion and chain her up and put her in a Rubber maid Plastic Bin. Then you got to drive her to Seattle, Washington, upon which I will pay you $25,000 cash. You don’t need to kill her hurt her at most you will be charged with Kidnapping. Nothing will happen to you if you get the Right lawyers She’s a Spic who Hates White Americans… I doubt the FBI would care much about her.”

The man replied by saying he would do it, but “first Paypal or Zelle.”

All of these messages went down around May, June, and July, and for whatever reason, Lin didn’t proceed with his plan. Thankfully he was arrested before he was able to do any more harm. It’s unclear what happened between the time he sent his last message and when he was arrested. 

Since the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas, police have prevented six other shootings or white supremacist attacks from taking place across the U.S.

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The Guardian lists the following dates and locations as to where these acts were supposed to take place:  August 8, Nevada; August 15, Connecticut; August 16, Florida; August 17, Ohio; August 20, Florida (Lin) and Tennessee. Several of these white men that were arrested for their attempted assaults were also Trump supporters. 

“This is the new normal,” Brian Levin, the director for the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said in an interview with The Guardian. “The people most able to thwart these attacks are often not law enforcement, but those closest to them – friends, family, coworkers and fellow students…We’re not dealing with foreign-based terrorists, but the mass killer down the block.”

The Associated Press reports that Lin was arrested and arraigned in Seattle on Monday though he did not enter a plea

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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