Please Help This Video Go Viral

(This blog post was revised on August 5, 2018.) Earlier this week, a hostile white woman who regards herself as an American (sic) was caught on video in Los Angeles, threatening to call ICE on a woman and her baby.  Cell phone video of the incident was recorded by Maria Navarro and posted on YouTube. Although we should usually discourage public shaming, the actions of the woman carrying the coffee cup were shameful.  She wasn’t embarrassed.  She was upholding the Trump Hate Pledge, and she was willing to damage people’s lives in the process. Many Trump supporters will cheer on hate … Continue reading Please Help This Video Go Viral

Stop Cornering Aaron Schlossberg

Aaron Schlossberg, the New York City lawyer who has been engaging in public rants against immigrants, is an asshole.  Most of us can agree on that. Mr. Schlossberg is also an unhinged asshole. When you encounter someone who is unhinged, do you really believe the answer is to get confrontational? If you see this guy in a public place, walk away.  Don’t make a production of walking away, either.  The only thing to pursue is a safe distance. I do that all the time, when I don’t think I can offer help to anyone.  Occasionally, I’ll stick around to offer … Continue reading Stop Cornering Aaron Schlossberg

Follow-Up to Yesterday’s Aaron Schlossberg Post

Yes, evidently that was attorney Aaron Schlossberg who went into a Fresh Kitchen restaurant on Madison Ave. in NYC and shouted at employees that they shouldn’t be speaking Spanish. Mr. Schlossberg was identified very soon after the videotaped incident, which raised questions about whether the wrong person had been named.  Last time I looked, the WNYC-owned Gothamist.com was refusing to post his name in their article on the topic because his identity hadn’t been confirmed to their satisfaction. The Gothamist writer was right to hold back.  We must use caution with details that haven’t been verified — especially when someone’s reputation is at risk.  … Continue reading Follow-Up to Yesterday’s Aaron Schlossberg Post

A Hateful Rant and Too-Quick Reactions

I won’t include a link to any news stories about this.  At the moment, it’s best to address the unfortunate incident in general terms only. Yesterday, someone went into a restaurant in New York City and shouted racist remarks.  Video of his tantrum was recorded and posted on at least one news site. The site I looked at emphasized that the identity of the man had not been confirmed, but some other sites have posted the name of a professional with an office in Manhattan.  Now, an online petition is being circulated to have his professional license revoked. The restaurant … Continue reading A Hateful Rant and Too-Quick Reactions

Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

During the 1990s, an anti-immigration ballot initiative in California (United States) included a requirement that hospitals report undocumented immigrant patients to a government agency. Voters passed the initiative, but as far as I know a judge blocked enforcement of the hospital reporting requirement. The damage may have been done, though.  Trust isn’t always easy to restore. Every person should be able to get healthcare without intimidation.  There are exceptions, though.  In California, certain types of illnesses and injuries must be reported, and there are valid debates on whether more harm or less is caused when treatment for a sexually transmitted … Continue reading Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

One More Way to Discourage Xenophobia

A supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, has presented one more argument against racism and intolerance of other cultures:  It can mess with our eating habits. This sounds like a small effort, but it addresses something people take for granted when they make their worlds too small.  If you’re serious about trashing other cultures and races, be ready to do some serious boycotting.  This is especially important if you’re a lifelong citizen of the United States, which was established by white immigrants who elbowed out the indigenous population by all means necessary to create a new country.  Gee, you never know where … Continue reading One More Way to Discourage Xenophobia