The resurgence of racism and xenophobia during Donald Trump’s presidency didn’t spring anew from a previously harmonious society.
As America’s long history of European invaders claiming Native American land as their own — and then deciding that the borders should be closed to further newcomers — demonstrates, Trump merely provided the ample fertilizer to help the hidden seeds of hatred prosper and grow during his intolerant regime.
The ascendency of a loud-mouthed bigot like the current president, however, has seemingly made public displays of ethnic animosity more frequent, if not more socially acceptable, in most parts of the country.
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Unfortunately, Dr. Lia Franco — an Ecuadorian citizen completing her medical residency while treating coronavirus patients in New Orleans — and her husband Arturo Corovez were forced to deal with one of those threatening displays while taking a Memorial Day weekend shopping trip to Houston.
While driving to a newly reopened restaurant on their weekend trip, the couple noticed a woman following them in her car while brandishing a hammer and gesticulating angrily at them.
“She stopped behind us,” Cordovez said. “After that she started showing a hammer through the mirror. She was shaking her arm … and cursing at us, I think. I was thinking, what did I do?”
“You Mexicans, get out of my f*cking country, go back to your f*cking country,” she screamed from her car window, according to Dr. Franco.
“I think she needs help, she needs treatment, but that doesn’t justify the fact she needs to follow the laws of her country,” Franco said. “If she broke the laws here, she needs to pay for what she did. But for me as a physician, I think the most important thing is she needs treatment, she needs help.”
Original reporting by Travis Gettys at RawStory.
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