Despite some trying to sweep racism under the rug, it is and has always been embedded into the fabric of the United States. However, in the era of Donald Trump, racists have been emboldened to act on their base instincts. Earlier this year, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino found that “hate crimes reported to police in America’s 10 largest cities rose 12.5 percent in 2017. The increase was the fourth consecutive annual rise in a row and the highest total in over a decade.” Similarly, the FBI reported this month that it saw a 17 percent increase in hate crimes in 2017 compared to 2016.

While we don’t yet have statistics for this year, we’ve seen full displays of racism this year as well. And while it’s frustrating and hurtful that people are still judged by their ethnicity and/or race, we have also seen how people have come together to shut down racists. In honor of that, here’s a look at # times we shut down racists in 2018.

1

Aaron Schlossberg

So my wife and her best friend Just experience what America is becoming !They where on there lunch time and ordering there food and just because they where speaking in Spanish to the waiter this asshole jumps in and started to call the waiter and my wife and her best friend all types of names and threatened to call I.C.E on them and the employees !!!!What a big man talking down to couple of women and a helpless employee. I wish someone tells me I can’t speak in my native language ! First of all they wasn’t talking to you !! Asshole !My country !! Haha I love the way people are just throwing that world around lately !! If you love this country this much ! Why don’t you put on uniform and protect it !!If he was so offended because the waiter was speak in Spanish only because of a native person spoke to him in Spanish, why don’t he start waitering and he won’t have that issue and family stop getting Spanish nannies and stop getting Spanish people to farm and ………You know where I’m getting !!So please stop !! Because in the end you need them ! But what you need to do is stop trying to control us ! Slavery stopped a long time ago !!Deena Gonzalez Emily Serrano

Posted by Edward Suazo on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

In May, a lawyner named Aaron Schlossberg freaked out when two women spoke Spanish at a Fresh Kitchen in midtown Manhattan. “Your staff are speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” he said. “Every person I listened to, he spoke it. He spoke it. She’s speaking it. It’s America… So I will be following up, and my guess is, they’re not documented. So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country. If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money. I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do, the least they can do is speak English.”

He was captured on camera, and then people began to plan protests outside of his home and office. They also rated his business on Yelp and Facebook, giving it one-star reviews.

2

Sean Ryan Felger

As three Latino contractors packed up for the day in late July, a 30-year-old white man pushing his 2-year-old daughter in a stroller who came across them went into a racist tirade. The men’s trailer got stuck on the sidewalk and blocked the path, which was enough to send Sean Ryan Felger into a rage. He parked the stroller a few feet away and began to berate the men. He cursed at them and reportedly told them to “go back to Mexico.” And in video footage of the encounter, Felger is seen shoving one of the men.

Police released images of Felger, who had attempted to go incognito by shaving his head and beard. But authorities still arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct, harassment, and second-degree intimidation.

3

Rhonda Michelle Polon

Racist LA Couple Attacks Latino Workers with Hot Coffee

UPDATE: Does anyone know who this Racist Couple #CoffeeCathy and #BathrobeBilly from Los Angeles is?#CoffeeCathy is Rhonda Michelle Polon aka Spin Gal FitnessAttacking Latinos and then playing the victim seems to be a go-to move for racist these days.Watch as this lady throws hot coffee on this Latino Worker.Video via Miguel Angel

Posted by Viva Bernie 2020 on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Miguel Sanchez was hired as a contractor to do repairs in an apartment complex in Century City, but when his coworker Jesse arrived on the site August 4, he was subjected to a racist assault by a Rhonda Michelle Polon. She verbally assaulted them but also threw hot coffee in Sanchez’s face.

Polon, the owner of Spin Gal Fitness in West Hollywood, had to make her Instagram page private after receiving negative comments. The company’s Yelp page is filled with negative reviews.

4

Dr. Dov Bechhofer

Dr. Dov Bechhofer, a resident radiologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, used the internet to make derogatory comments about people of color. In posts, he supported mass deportation and the killing undocumented immigrants who crossed the border without documentation. He also backed the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville in August, posting regularly on white nationalist publishing house Counter-Currents’ website, and he made anti-Semitic comments, despite his own Jewish background. After his identity was revealed – he sometimes went by just his first name – Becchofer was suspended from his job. And protestors pushed for him to lose his license as well.

5

Mia Irizarry was just trying to celebrate her 24th birthday at the park on June 14 when a gringo began to harass her because of her shirt, so Mia began to film the confrontation.

“This is what I’m wearing guys,” she said revealing her outfit as a man yells at her in the background. As she asks him to get out of her personal space, he continues to berate her. When she tried to explain that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, and therefore a part of the United States, he interrupted her: “We don’t own Puerto Rico. We protect Puerto Rico.” (There are thousands of people in Puerto Rico without power that would beg to differ.) “…My point is, why are you wearing that?” he said, pointing at her.

As she feared for her safety, a police officer stood in the background. She called for his help – even alerting him that she felt “highly uncomfortable” – but he did nothing. Eventually, more officers arrive and arrest the man, who was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. As Mia’s video went viral, Forest Preserves informed the public that the officer who failed to protect Mia was under investigation and on desk duty.

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