things that matter

Teacher Resigns After Racist Acts Against Native American Students Including Cutting Off Braid

As if the Native American community didn’t have enough to deal with including voter suppression and ongoing efforts to protect their land, they still face hardships within the school system. Centuries after being colonized, Native Americans are still being persecuted with acts of racism and injustices. Take, for example, this heartbreaking story out of New Mexico.

Two female high school students were ridiculed by their teacher in their classrooms because they were Native American.

Twitter/@_tonysali_

The incidents against the students occurred on Halloween at Cibola High School. The majority of the student body and staff dressed up for the occasion, however, some of them were dressed as Native people.

It’s important to note that Native Americans represent 10.6 percent of the New Mexico population and have 22 tribal communities in the state along with 19 pueblos and three tribes spanning five reservations.

The Native students told the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico that they had to withstand the site of their non-Native peers dressed up in stereotypical Native costumes. But that’s not the worst of it.

The Native students say their teacher, Mary Jane Eastin, who was dressed up as Marie Laveau, a historic voodoo witch, instructed the class to participate in a learning game. According to the ACLU: “She would ask students questions out loud. Those that answered correctly would be rewarded with marshmallows. Those that answered incorrectly would be given dog food. Ms. Eastin encouraged her students not to worry, as the dog food was ‘organic.’ Some of the students who answered incorrectly ate the dog food. Others refused.”

Eastin then approached one Native female student and threatened to cut off her braid with the box cutter. She then put down the box cutter and cut her braid —approximately 3 inches — with a pair of scissors, “and then sprinkled it on the desk in front of her.” The teacher then pointed out to the other female Native student who had fake blood on her face — she was dressed up as the Little Red Hood.

The ACLU states that the exchange went as so:

The teacher asked her, “What are you supposed to be, a bloody Indian?”

“In response to the collective gasps from her students, Ms. Eastin doubled down and stated, ‘What? She is bloody, and she is an …’ Ms. Eastin stopped short of finishing her sentence and allowed her racist comments to linger.”

One month later the ACLU demanded the school district “make immediate changes to prevent students of color from being subject to racially-hostile school climates.”

Initially, Eastin was placed on leave while the Albuquerque Public schools Police Department investigated the situation. However, this week Eastin chose to resign.

According to KUMN radio station, a spokesperson with the school district said they are “seeking expert assistance for cultural competency training and will seek public input on the training.”


READ: ‘Dawnland’ Is The Documentary Highlighting The Abuse Of Native Americans By The U.S. Government

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below! 

Notice any corrections needed? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

fierce

When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

Posted by Dulce Nereyda on Friday, March 15, 2019

“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

Read: Study: While Whites Are Responsible For Most Air Pollution, Latinxs And Blacks Are The Most Negatively Impacted

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Notice any corrections needed? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Michelle Rodriguez Insists Liam Neeson Isn’t Racist Against Black People Because He Kissed Viola Davis

No Pos Wow

Michelle Rodriguez Insists Liam Neeson Isn’t Racist Against Black People Because He Kissed Viola Davis

Earlier this week, actor Liam Neeson gave a candid and surprising interview with the Independent. Neeson spoke to the reporter in support of his new movie titled “Cold Pursuit,” in which his character takes revenge against the drug cartel because he believes they killed his son. Neeson said that for him to portray a vengeful person, he channeled his anger that he struggled with 40 years ago. The award-winning actor revealed that it was 40 years ago that a female friend of his confided to him that she had been raped. He asked her what the perpetrator looked like, and when she expressed that her rapist was black, Neeson got angry and sought revenge.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could…kill him,” Neeson said in that interview.

Since the revelation of his “primal” instinct, Neeson has faced an enormous amount of backlash with many on social media calling him a racist. It is because of the negativity that he continues to receive that executives decided to cancel his red-carpet event for the premiere of his movie. However, at least one of his former co-stars has come to his defense, though with a rather odd point of view.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez said Neeson isn’t racist because he kissed actress Viola Davis in a movie.

Twitter/@LaFawndah

The “Fast and The Furious” star said on Wednesday during a red-carpet event that Neeson couldn’t possibly be racist because of his open-mouth kiss during a scene in their movie. The actors all stared in the film “Widows,” which was released last year.

“It’s all fuckin’ bullshit,” Rodriguez said, according to Vanity Fair. “Liam Neeson is not a racist. Dude, have you watched ‘Widows’? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat. You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat. I don’t care how good of an actor you are. It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”

Rodriguez’s comment certainly got the attention of people on social media.

It’s incredibly bizarre for Rodriguez to believe one thing is related to the other.

Some pointed out the historical context between racist white men and black women.

Rodriguez seems to be a bit clueless about the facts of this country.

Others compared her dismissive comment to that of Gina Rodriguez’s “anti-black views.”

We will have to wait and see if Rodriguez responds to her backlash regarding Neeson, or if other actors come to his defense.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Continues To Act As If Black Women Are Part Of The Problem

Don’t forget to hit the share button below!

Notice any corrections needed? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *