Today I went to school and wore this sign on my shirt. By the way this is the sixth one I made today. As I’m walking into school around 6:50 people start staring me down and giving me looks. At 7:00 people start saying things to me and flicking me off. At 7:03 I already lost my first Trump sign being assaulted and verbally harassed in the process.
As we all know not many Hispanics like Donald but today’s events went to an extreme. As I was really disappointed I continued doing what I was doing and made another sign. It was the end of first period by that time and I walk up the stairs and I get another individual tugging at my shirt ripping my sign in the process.Video shown below.
But wait ! There’s more where that came from! As I’m standing outside of my classroom I get approached by yet another individual saying they hate me and they proceed to once again tear my sign. Video shown below
By the time I was in second period I had already lost 3 signs but what did I do? Make new ones! Because nothing can Stump The Trump!
After second period I’m walking to my next class but oh it does not stop here. As I’m walking there’s three outbursts towards me while I’m minding my own business.Video shown below
So my sign was intact and I finish third safe. But don’t think it was over just yet, it keeps going. After third while I’m walking down the hall even my friends approach, not believing I was serious about supporting Trump they attempt to go for my sign.
I don’t understand the hate. This is America and I have my first amendment that protects me from harassment for my political views. According to the FBI’s official website a hate crime is “A traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias.”
Bias you might ask? According to Google Bias is ” Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.” As I slowly came to realize this was only the beginning.
In this video a group of girls not only harasses me but they assault me publicly in front of their Volleyball coach. After finding out that this woman was simply watching as I was assaulted and harassed by her students not only angered me but also disappointed me. To know that these individuals actions are deemed as acceptable only makes them believe that it is okay to do these things. That it is okay to violate someone’s freedom of expression and that it is okay to harass and assault an individual based on their political views and beliefs.
America is supposed to be a free country with the right to express myself freely to a certain extent where I don’t endanger or terrorize others. Many people said that they would not vote Trump because of racist hate crimes that would be committed against Latinos if he was elected. But are they really the ones at risk? From what I experienced today these were hate crimes I experienced simply because I didn’t have the right opinion. I thought you could have your own beliefs in America? Apparently 2016 is the rise of a new wave of hate against our rights.
With The Renegade Media-Luis Mercado