Some cases of harassment and bigotry toward Spanish speakers are on full display in the Grand Old’ USA in 2018. Surprised? Despite the hatred that spewed, others stepped in and let them know, that Hate Is Bad and ignorance will not stand without vengeance!
Even in the current climate of anti-immigrant sentiment, Americans are stepping up for those who speak Spanish, and not letting hate win out. Long live diversity and multiculturalism! America, F*** Yeah!
The first story comes from Rife, Colorado in a grocery store. Linda Dwire, 64, got her fifteen minutes of fame on October 4, 2018, when she argued that the two female customers Fabiola Velasquez and her friend should only speak English when out in public. The viral video scattered over several websites got over millions of views.
The video picks up as fellow customer Kamira Trent furiously yells at Dwire (the bigot) that she needs to leave the store. “You leave these women alone! Get out!” Trent says. Dwire (the bigot) counters, “you come from a different generation than mine,” and Trent says, “No, I do not. I have respect. You do not harass people.”
Trent was just a customer walking around when she heard this angry lady going off. She stepped up for the Hispanic women and gave Dwire a taste of her own medicine.
As Dwire walks away, she yells, “You will lose your country. You know what, you will lose this country,” with her finger pointing at Trent. And Trent, a.k.a. Super Woman responds, “You do not harass Hispanic women!”
Dwire was arrested and charged with two counts of bias-motivated harassment.
Well, well, well. How about a Can ‘o’ Whoop Ass with your can of tomato soup and Good Housekeeping magazine Mrs. Dwire? Maybe keep that hatred and bias to yourself next time.
According to the Dwire, because these Hispanic women live in the U.S., they can only speak English. Reality check. America is a country that supports people from all over the world, and they contribute like any other American to the economy and culture.
Now if Dwire would’ve signed up for online or in person Spanish lessons at Kasa De Franko, , she could’ve spoken to the women and had a conversation. Instead, she spouted her racist views and lost big time.
Later that October, more drama erupted at a restaurant on Oct 21 when a customer decided to go on a potty-mouthed tirade of F-bombs towards a family speaking Spanish at Andy’s restaurant in Virginia. The woman asked the family to show her their passports and said it was disrespectful for them to Speak Spanish in the United States.
Wake Up Lady!
The family was visiting from Guatemala, and didn’t even live in the U.S. What, is there a ban on speaking other languages when in the confines of America? Get real!
In a Facebook post following the incident, the owner of Andy’s restaurant released a lengthy statement ripping the woman a new one, while issuing a notice that she is banned from ever eating there again. Take that hatred spewing lady. You just got served!
At least she can still go to the store and buy microwave dinners, but bigotry doesn’t pay!
Angry White Dude
Let’s not forget the Angry White Dude’s Rant in NYC about workers not speaking English either. An upset man, again caught on video, is seen screaming “Every person I listen to—he spoke it, she spoke it, she’s speaking it! If they have the balls to come here and live off my money—I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here,” he yells.
The guy must’ve missed his morning coffee.
He continues, “The least they could do if you intend on running a place in Midtown Manhattan, your staff should be speaking English not Spanish!” He then threatens the female employees, “Honey, I’m calling ICE!”
The video was viewed more than 1.3 million times. Probably more now. The man on the rant is a lawyer by the name of Aaron Schlossberg, and on his website, he has below his phone number that he accommodates people who speak Spanish, French, Japanese, and Korean. Such a caring man. Especially when it comes to those giving him money. But not when they are making his lunch, apparently.
Those in the online community didn’t like this angry rant one bit and the fought back messing with his Google ratings and changing his listing on Google that he was the owner of a Spanish restaurant. Gotcha angry, racist white dude! You got to love the power of the people.
Is there a coincidence that all the people on the tirade were white? Probably not. Yet that is not the point. What won in each of these high-profile cases is that people who speak Spanish belong here, and don’t mess with them. Racism isn’t cool, and the people won’t stand for it!
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