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A White Man In Vermont Was Arrested For Exposing Himself To A Latino Family While Telling Them To ‘Go Back’

As our surprise continues to lessen to hear reports of hate crimes like this, our nausea just seems to rise. The forecast for hate crimes isn’t showing any signs of relief anytime soon. Recent FBI data shows an increase in hate crimes by 22 percent in the last few years–a sharp turn from the years-long decrease in hate crimes. In 2017, Vermont saw nearly three times as many hate crimes report than it did in 2013. Only Wyoming and Georgia beat Bernie Sander’s home state in the number of hate crimes.

The most recent incident is traumatizing on several levels. Stuart Rollins, a 58-year-old man from Barre, Vermont allegedly stood outside a Latino family’s home, pulled down his pants and exposed his genitals to them and their 3-year-old child while shouting, “Go back to your country!”

Sturat Rallins, 58, has pleaded not guilty to a felony count and several misdemeanor counts.

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He pleaded “not guilty” in Washington County Superior Criminal Court to a felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct, several misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, mischief and criminal threatening. Two of those misdemeanor counts include hate crime enhancements. 

Barre City Police released a summarized report that said they initially responded to a reported fight on Hillside Avenue in Barre at 2:48 p.m. Monday. They arrived at the scene to take witness reports but were called back at 4:11 p.m. when Rollins allegedly pulled down his pants and exposed himself to a Latino family and their 3-year-old child.

Witnesses said he was yelling “Go back to Mexico,” as he flashed the family.

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The police weren’t able to locate Rollins until the next morning but took down some interesting witness statements. That day, Rollins had also been reportedly standing in the middle of the road, laughing and telling a woman and her mother-in-law- in their flower garden that he forgot something. Then, he dropped his pants and flashed them all. The woman told police that he was “saying things about Mexicans,” as he walked away back to his home. 

Rollins also allegedly called a woman a “f***ing Spanish b*tch” as he threatened to set her and her house on fire. He was released on bail.

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Rollins did admit to police that he knocked down the family’s mailbox because he alleges that a man in the family had assaulted him. Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault asked for a $5,000 secured appearance bond with a $500 deposit be imposed for bail. Rollins was released on conditions that he follows a curfew and stays away from witnesses in his case–all of whom are his direct neighbors.

If convicted of all charges, Rollins would go to prison for 10 years.

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Meanwhile, some people are defending Rollins’ hate speech as protected by the first amendment. According to @BeRightWithGod, Rollins’ telling the family to “go back to Mexico” and calling a woman a “f***ing Spanish bitch” while threatening to set her on fire is just free speech. This Twitter user is wrong. It is perfectly legal to fire an employee for telling a co-worker to “go back to your country” on the grounds of discrimination.

Some are pointing to Trump’s own rhetoric for the rise in hate crimes. Others think this police-reported incident is “propaganda.”

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We can confirm that the details of this incident are directly from police reports and local news coverage. While there have been no direct links between Rollins’ choice of words and Trump’s very similar rhetoric, the rise in hate crimes against Latinos has skyrocketed since Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

Others are calling on headlines to reflect the racial identity of the alleged assailant, just as they would if he was black or brown.

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Newsweek‘s headline read, “Barre man accused of harassing Hispanic family faces hate crime charges.” In a growing demand that the media address the common denominator of hate crimes being primarily white men, some are calling the outlets out on Twitter. A white man allegedly sexually violated the sense of safety for an entire Latino family among others and did so while spewing anti-Latino slurs. This is America.

READ: A Black Woman And Her Fiancé Sadly Had Their Proposal Interrupted By Racists Who Refused To Check White Customers

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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