'You were born in a Taco Bell' — How Trump's rhetoric fuels school bullies across the US

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Donald Trump seems like a perfect candidate for seventh-grade boys, says Salvatore Callesano, a graduate student in Hispanic linguistics at the University of Texas. 

“The phrase ‘build the wall’ indexes Donald Trump and his ideology. It’s been repeated so much it has been picked up by the kids. It’s a covert way of being anti-Hispanic.”

More than two-thirds of the teachers in the survey reported that their students – especially immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed worries about what might happen to them or their families after the November election. 

At a basketball game in Iowa, students from Dallas Center-Grimes chanted “Trump, Trump, Trump” at Perry high school, which is nearly half Latino.

“It’s a hate word,” said Joe Enriquez Henry, Iowa chapter president of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

These are just some examples of how Trump’s rhetoric has resulted in bullying and intimidation across the US. 


This JFK Memorial Edition of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Newsletter is preserved in the records of LULAC Council 10 in the Iowa Women’s Archives. It commemorates President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy’s attendance at the LULAC banquet in Houston on November 21, 1963. Jacqueline Kennedy addressed the audience in Spanish on this first visit of any U.S. president to a national Latino organization.

LULAC Council 10 was one of several councils to pay tribute to the late president in this newsletter. Members of LULAC from across the country expressed their condolences in this letter:

Sorry, Mrs. Kennedy

TO: Mrs. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
FROM: Members of Lulac

December, 1963

Dear Mrs. Kennedy:

Add to the millions of words of sorrow that have been written to you in every language on earth our humble expression of sympathy at the loss of your husband.

We will never forget John F. Kennedy, who conquered the hearts of the world and did more during his lifetime to preserve peace than any man in history.

We offer this edition of the Lulac News, official publication of the League of United Latin American Citizens, in memory of your husband, the first U.S. President ever to become an honorary member of our organization.

He was our president, our friend, and we loved him.
As we shared happiness with you in Houston, Texas on November 21, 1963, so now we share your grief.

Guide to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 10 (Davenport, Iowa) Records

How the GOP Gutted Voting Rights
In the wake of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency in 2008, a panicked GOP, citing illusory ‘voter fraud,’ did what it could wherever it could to restrict voting rights for minorities.

Texas is a case in point. Almost the moment Shelby County v. Holder was announced, that state’s Republican-dominated legislature put through ahighly restrictive voter ID law, S.B. 14. A phalanx of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens, minority voters, and Mexican American legislative and Hispanic judges associations, immediately sued the state of Texas. During the two-week trial in the fall of 2014, the attorney general of Texas, Greg Abbott, argued that the law was necessary to stop and prevent rampant voter-identification fraud. Yet, out of ten million votes, he could produce only two documented cases of voter impersonation. On the other hand, it became clear that nearly 600,000 Texans, mainly poor, black, and Hispanic, didn’t have the newly required IDs and often faced financial and bureaucratic obstacles in obtaining them.

Obama’s Net Neutrality Bid Divides Civil Rights Groups

When President Obamalaid out his vision for strict regulation of Internet access last month, he was voicing views thought to be held by many at the most liberal end of the Democratic Party.

A few days later, however, the N.A.A.C.P., the National Urban League and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition sent representatives, including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, to tell Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, that they thought Mr. Obama’s call to regulate broadband Internet service as a utility would harm minority communities by stifling investment in underserved areas and entrenching already dominant Internet companies.

Their displeasure should not be read as a sign that most civil rights organizations were unhappy with Mr. Obama’s plan, however. When it comes to the details of Internet regulation, groups that otherwise have much common ground simply don’t see eye to eye.

ColorofChange.org, a black political coalition, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, for example, support treating Internet access as an essential service like electricity or water — as Mr. Obama proposed — while the League of United Latin American Citizens opposes it.

Some of the groups that oppose Title II designation, like the Urban League and the League of United Latin American Citizens, have received contributions from organizations affiliated with Internet service providers, like the Comcast Foundation, the charitable organization endowed by Comcast. Parts of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s annual symposium on civil rights were conducted last week at Comcast’s offices in Washington.

fucking sellouts

Today is the last day to sign this petition to call on prosecutors to investigate the murders of Phia and Mai Vue and Jesus Manso-Perez. Two weeks ago, three people of color were brutally murdered by their white neighbor in Milwaukee. After finding out that Jesus Manso-Perez and his son were Puerto Rican, Dan Popp confronted them with a rifle. Jesus Manso-Perez’s son recalls that before killing his father, Popp stated, “you guys got to go.” Popp proceeded towards Phia and Mai Vue’s apartment, knocked down their door, and killed them in front of their children. Dan Popp is facing three charges of first-degree intentional homicide and one charge of attempted intentional homicide. 

In response, a coalition of 22 organizations from the Hmong, Latino, and other communities are uniting to urge that local and federal prosecutors pursue a hate crime investigation. As Darryl Morin of the League of United Latin American Citizens stated: “It is important that our community, our city, our state and, in fact, our nation admit that hate does exist and where we see it, we must identify it.” Join 18MR, League of United Latin American Citizens, and 21 other organizations to ensure that prosecutors investigate the killings of Phia, Ma Vue and Jesus Manso-Perez as hate crimes. We will deliver the signatures to District Attorney John Chisholm later today. Thanks for your support!