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Hours After Latinos Were Gunned Down In A Terror Attack, This Family Had To Deal With Racism At A Baseball Game

Some stories make your blood boil. While at a Texas Ranger’s game on Saturday in Arlington, Texas — just a mere hours after a white nationalist with anti-Latino beliefs opened fire at an El Paso Walmart killing 22 people — Jessica Romero documented what she believes was a racist encounter with a white fan. 

Can we just enjoy our favorite “American” pastime that is ripe with immigrants from Latin American countries?

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Romero was sitting near a white couple at the game. When a family member took a selfie they noticed that a white Rangers fan was photobombing them with his middle finger. A despicable act during a tragic moment in American history. I am sure most people were there trying to distract themselves from the horrible news of the day. I wonder, if he had known more tragedy would strike just a few hours later would he have second-guessed his actions? Or was the middle finger a ringing endorsement for what had already happened and what was to come? 

It wasn’t just a crass photobomb. This man had “thoughts.”

“For the next 3 innings I had to hear him complain about all the illegal immigrants that were surrounding him at the game,” Romero’s wrote in a Facebook post. A little boy accidentally kicked the back of the man’s seat. The man responded with a racist rant. 

“That he should kick little Speedy Gonzalez all the way back to Mexico for kicking his seat. That Trump needs to hurry and build the wall and send all these illegals back so they won’t be kicking his seat. ” Romero wrote .“Sadly this is not the first or the last time we will ever experience this kind of racism.” 

The family is taking it all in stride.

Romero and her family were hurt by the incident, and the man was so incessant, they left early during the fifth inning. Fortunately, many were on the family’s side. Her post was shared over 110,000 times on Facebook. Jessica Romero’s husband, Ramon Romero was frustrated by the incident but was warmed by the public’s response.

“It’s not the fault of the Rangers. There are just some bad apples, and we happened to end up near the bunch. What we’ve heard from people and the Rangers since, though, means a lot. People do care. Strangers are apologizing. It gives me some strength to think that the stuff we are hearing about will get better,” the father said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating.

Team officials claimed the man’s behavior violated their fan code of conduct and apologized to the couple and their son. 

“After learning of this incident on Sunday, we reached out to the Romero family and pledge to make their next trip to Globe Life Park a memorable and enjoyable experience,” the team told the Dallas Morning News in a statement.

America is, yet again, in a sad sorry state but that doesn’t mean there is no solidarity. 

The Latinx community, and even the Texas Rangers community came together to support the Romeros on social media. It’s hard to feel compelled to applaud people over the bare minimum of opposing racism, but it is this very lack of opposition that got us to where we are. If we are to ruminate over every wrong, then we should indulge in moments of righteousness. Not necessarily because the moments deserve praise, but because we need these precious reminders. We’re not alone

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