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White California Woman Calls Latino Man ‘Rapist And Animal’ Because He’s Mexican

A 27-year-old Latino man in California was filmed being verbally attacked over the weekend in a video exchange that has been viewed more than 2 million times online. Esteban Guzman was trying to do landscaping work on June 23 when an unidentified woman racially abused him and his mother calling them “rapists” and “animals.”

Here is the viral video showing the confrontation between Guzman and the unidentified woman.

Guzman says he and his mother were doing lawn work when out of nowhere the woman confronted them and she started yelling racist expletives.

“She began by yelling at my mom saying she was an illegal and [asking] how many drugs has she dealt.” Guzman says. “There was no real reason behind it all, she just confronted us the wrong way.”

Guzman tried defending his mother by telling the woman he was legal US citizen and but that didn’t deter the woman from making racist comments at them.

Guzman works in construction on weekends to supplement his full-time job in IT as a systems administrator.

Guzman recalls that the incident lasted about 10 minutes and the woman went back into her house. He believes she came out of her house due to loud noise caused by the yard work but thinks this could have been handled very differently.

“I felt discriminated because I’m a legal citizen and I felt violated,” Guzman explains. “My mom means the world to me and when anybody yells at her it gets me fired up. She doesn’t know our hardship and I did my best to try to tell the lady what I felt.”

The woman’s words are similar to the ones President Trump used when he announced he was running for president in 2015.

In his now infamous press conference, Trump said Mexico is “not sending” their best people, and alluded to them as “rapists.” The woman mentions President Trump during her racist tantrum citing his “rapists” remark. Guzman believes that President Trump’s racist rhetoric has given people “confidence to speak up and show their true colors.”

Guzman says the video of the incident was removed for violating Facebook’s policies. This is the response he got.

CREDIT: Esteban Guzman/ Facebook CREDIT: Esteban Guzman/ Facebook

Guzman was shocked when he saw the video was taken down by Facebook since it didn’t violate any of the Community Standards. The response he got from Facebook said the post showed “sexual exploitation and violence”. Facebook did eventually let Guzman repost the video citing it was a mistake to take it down. Mitú reached out to Facebook but they have not to our request for comment.

Esteban shared a message of unity that he hopes will bring positivity out of this bad incident.

Guzman says that racist people, like this woman, want to get a reaction out of you and get to their level. “Were gonna face racism together and were gonna end it, you’re not alone.”

“There is no room for racism, it will not be tolerated, or ignored,” Guzman said in a shared message on Twitter. “We will no longer be silenced. If I can give you some direction, please don’t let the hate clout your mind, stay focused on why we are against racism.”


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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

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Six Dr. Seuss Books Are Being Pulled From Publication Due To Racist Imagery

Don’t call it a total cancellation.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has made the decision of their own accord to no longer publish or license six of the books written and illustrated by the writer Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel. The American children’s author who passed away in 1991 was also a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937), and his book  If I Ran the Zoo (1950) are among the books being pulled as a result of racist and insensitive imagery.

On Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises shared a statement on their website explaining their decision to cancel the publication of the books.

Citing the four other books including McElligot’s Pool (1947), Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953), On Beyond Zebra! (1955) and The Cat’s Quizzer (1976) the company explained that they came to the decision citing the fact that they each “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” explained the statement.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a company that, according to Time Magazine, works to preserve and protect “the legacy of the late author and illustrator, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, also noted in the statement that the decision was made over the past year with a panel of experts, including educators, academics, and specialists in the field, who reviewed the catalog of titles.”

Children’s books by Dr. Seuss have long been considered a classic contribution to children’s literature.

The books’ colorful and fun illustrations and rhymes are still to this day instantly recognizable. Recently, however, the writer’s work has been re-examined and scrutinized for racial caricatures and stereotypes. This is especially when it comes to the depictions of Black and Asian people. Many have also pointed out that before he was known as Dr. Seusss, Geisel’s work had been strongly criticized for “drawing WWII cartoons that used racist slurs and imagery, as well as writing and producing a minstrel show in college, where he performed in blackface—a form of entertainment that some children’s literature experts point to as the inspiration for Geisel’s most famous character, the Cat in the Hat.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s announcement of their decision to pull these books coincided with the anniversary of the writer’s birthday.

Geisel’s birthday coincidentally comes at the same time as National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, which has long been attached to his books,

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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