While racism has always existed in the United States, the quick access to cell phone with video cameras is helping to expose them. With hate crimes increasing by 17 percent in 2017, even though all other types of crime have been steadily declining, bringing some of the worst of the racists to attention is a small step in combating their violence and harassment.
In a grocery store parking lot in Nevada, a woman was speaking Spanish to her mother when a white man started berating them, giving them to the most infamous racist line of “go back where you came from.”
A Hispanic woman was speaking Spanish to her mom in the Smith’s parking lot in Southern Highlands when this racist white man started insulting them. Twitter, do your thing & identify this bigot. pic.twitter.com/wjXXwVuJ9K
— Simar (@sahluwal) November 17, 2018
It’s an old line and one that has increased in use since the election of Donald Trump, a man who began his campaign for the presidency by calling Latino immigrants rapists and drug dealers. His white supremacist supporters have been emboldened by his election and the widespread acceptance of his rhetoric.
Somehow, there are never news stories about white people berating white immigrants, even though many come from countries like Ireland, Greece, France, and Russia. It is only brown people who seem to attract their attention and inspire their hatred. In news story after news story, Latinos, Muslims, and black Americans report harassment and violence by these white tormentors.
The issue of language seems to always be a trigger, inspiring the calls for brown people to assimilate and learn English. The irony comes in the fact that most of these harassers don’t speak proper English while hurling these insults. Since most of them can’t even speak their own native language properly, it’s doubtful that any of them are intelligent enough to learn a second language themselves.
Twitter was immediately on the case, hoping to identify the man and expose him publicly. See some of Twitter’s comments below:
Featured image via Twitter video