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It Took Two Days For Trump To Publicly Denounce White Supremacists In Charlottesville And Americans Noticed

“Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism.”

The United States of America is still shocked about the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia the led to a car being used to attack a group of anti-racism protesters. Brennan Gilmore, a witness to the attack, recorded the car accelerating towards the crowd then hastily reversing out of the area. He posted the video to Twitter. We urge viewer discretion as the video is violent.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., who was photographed earlier in the day among the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” rally protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city. Those Fields attacked were counter-protesters. Fields is currently in custody.

According to The New York Times, the attack on the counter-protesters happened at 1:45 p.m. local time and resulted in the death of one woman, Heather Heyer.

A man named Tommy, an organizer for the Richmond, Virginia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who spoke to ABC News on partial anonymity, says the kind of hatred and racism that was broadcast to the world is nothing new. Tommy was in the crowd that was struck by the car and survived the incident. He told ABC News that as a Latino living in the south, what happened isn’t surprising.

“I hate to break it to people who might not know it, but this kind of hate has always been in America,” he told ABC News about the violent clashes in Charlottesville. He added that the solidarity demonstrations that popped up around the country after the assault gave him hope.

“Yesterday was the both the happiest and most terrifying day of my life,” he said. “If people want to know how to help the people in the south who are dealing with it in a very visceral way, they should work in their own communities – organize locally.”

President Trump gave a brief statement the same day as the attack but his response has been widely considered a failure of leadership for not denouncing the white supremacist, neo-Nazi and racist groups behind the violent attacks directly.

“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump told the press. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

A White House spokesperson later clarified that Trump was referring to the counter-protest as one of the sides inciting violence and hatred, according to CNN.

People took to social media to air their grievance against the president’s original comments.

Trump is known to take things to Twitter and publicly calling out people he is arguing with, whether it is fellow Republicans or North Korea. However, after a tiki torch filled rally on the University of Virginia campus and the vicious attack on counter-protesters, Trump stayed silent on Twitter.

Others saw it as par for the course in terms of race relations in the country.

There have been numerous reported incidents of KKK and neo-Nazi resurgence since President Trump was elected in November 2016. Not only have there been KKK marches, members of the white supremacy group have expressly admitted that their actions are a direct result of Trump’s victory and a way of fulfilling his campaign promises.

Jorge Ramos dropped facts that show an increase in hate groups in the U.S.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there was a dramatic increase in hate groups across the country.

Wendy Carrillo, a fixture in Los Angeles politics, recounted a Twitter feud she had with former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in March.

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“Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy is reprehensible, but not surprising,” Carrillo wrote on Facebook following the attack. “We are all too familiar with the realities of what is happening because our communities have been fighting against injustice longer than I’ve been alive. Today’s events are a reminder, a jolt, of what many have been saying is the reality of hate in this country. This is not the moment to be passive or moderate, this is a moment to accept the reality of institutional racism that plagues our nation.”

Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro has never shied away from calling out Trump’s shortcomings.

It has been reported by numerous sources that Trump’s base is largely populated by white supremacists.

Even Republican politicians that have typically voted in favor of the Trump agenda have spoken up against the president’s weak tone, including Ted Cruz.

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“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate,” Ted Cruz wrote on Facebook. “Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”

Even Marco Rubio denounced the actions in Charlottesville by calling the groups out by name.

Some people have criticized Cruz and Rubio as posturing for a 2020 return. Trump did give it another go and denounced the groups by name, but for many it is too late. Two days too late.

You can watch Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks below.



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‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

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‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ Strike Again: White Couple Blocks Latino Man From His Own Apartment Building

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Another day and another white person – or in this case, a white couple – have terrorized a person of color and gone viral in the process. Many are calling this white couple ‘Ken’ and ‘Karen’ after video shows them blocking a Latino man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas, the Mexican-American man who the couple targeted, filmed the incident just as the couple became violent and threatened him with further violence.

The encounter is just the latest after a barrage of similar instances of racial profiling that have continued over the backdrop of anti-racism protests. 

A now viral video shows a white couple blocking a Mexican-American man from entering his own apartment complex.

Michael Barajas was pulling into his apartment complex’s garage in San Francisco, when he became the latest victim of a ‘Karen’ and ‘Ken.’ He had just returned home from grocery shopping and used his key fob to open the building’s garage door when suddenly a white SUV pulled in ahead of him and refused to move forward.

The couple in the white SUV claimed Barajas was trespassing, called him a criminal and threatened to call the police.

“That’s fine. Call the cops. Why are you even calling the cops about, Karen?” the video shows Barajas responding.

In an Instagram post, Barajas said the white man “thought I was trying to tailgate them to break in and rob them.” One of Barajas’ neighbors, who is also white, was outside smoking and intervened in the situation. The driver then got out of a white SUV with Florida plates, beat the neighbor up, “and threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave,” said Barajas.

Barajas says he started filming the incident once the couple got aggressive and threatening.

Barajas, 28, told NBC’s Bay Area affiliate KNTV that the situation kept escalating and turned dramatic when the white man in the car got aggressive, which prompted him to start recording.

“Given the current political climate, and certainly I’m Mexican American, and that rhetoric of us being criminals, it just hit hard, it hit close to home,” Barajas told KNTV.

After several minutes, a bystander who also lives in the apartment complex, intervened. “Dude, pull into your space or go!” the bystander said.

The man, who has since been identified as William Beasley, then exits the SUV from the passenger side, confronts the person who hit his car and reportedly assaults him by knocking him to the ground, according to ABC7 News

According to Barajas, the woman in the SUV then got out to try and coax Beasley back into the car. She also allegedly tried to pay Barajas and the neighbor (who had been assaulted) to not call the cops or file charges.

Since the video’s release, the white man – William Beasley – has been fired from his tech job.

Barajas shared the video of the incident to his Instagram, where it has been seen more than 150,000 times.

Since the video was uploaded, APEX Systems, where Beasley was an employee, has fired him after conducting an internal review of the incident. In a brief statement, they said they would not “tolerate violent or racist behavior of any kind.”

And the apartment complex where the encounter took place, SOMA Residences, said in a statement that they’re ‘actively working to resolve’ the incident and do not condone ‘violent acts, aggression toward any residents, discrimination and harassment.’

Barajas said he’s satisfied with the outcome and feels inspired to keep speaking out on behalf of minorities.

Credit: Michael Barajas / Facebook

From his apartment complex to the bystander who intervened on his behalf, Barajas said he’s grateful for the response he’s received and for how far he’s been able to come in life.

“I’ve always been from a really poor, poor immigrant family, so I think what happened just struck very hard for me. I felt, for me, that I do not belong here,” he said in a now-deleted Instagram post.

In the same post, he questions what would have happened had this happened to an undocumented person and didn’t know how to handle the situation? It’s a very good point that will cause many people to pause and re-examine how they react to situations like this one.

VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

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VIDEO: Sacramento Karen Punched In Face For Calling Woman N-Word

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Another day, another viral video on social media of a racist person getting confronted. This time, a white woman in Sacramento got punched by a Black woman after calling her the N-word.

Another Karen is going viral after calling a Black woman the N-word. *Warning: Strong Language*

Social media has proven to be the best tool to catch these racist incidents as they happen. There have been several videos to be posted recently. Tbh, it seems that the videos are much more common after some people were forced to spend time at home away from people. That racism seems to have just been waiting to come out.

Like any other video on social media, people have their own opinions.

Most people on the Internet are siding with the woman who threw the punches. The country is having a reckoning moment with racism. Protesters have been marching in major cities demanding police reform, which is happening. With emotions running high, these examples of racial tensions exploding are indicative of the place the country is in.

Across the board, people agree the violence is wrong but people of color are finding it hard to totally disavow what happened.

Hate crimes have significantly increased since President Trump took office. The FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes against several minority groups across the country during Trump’s time in office. This increase comes after hate groups grew at alarming rates during the Obama administration in response to Barack Obama’s victory.

People are tired of being subjected to bigoted and dangerous rhetoric. The temperament of the American people went from excusing this behavior to a majority of Americans seeking to become anti-racist.

Yet, people are still coming with jokes on social media.

According to TMZ, the police responded to a call at the convenience store and the white woman was being treated for minor injuries. She originally did not want to press charges but changed her mind. TMZ reports that the Sacramento Police Department claims the Black woman in the video has not been arrested yet her husband claims she has.

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