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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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Obviously, I shared this all because I want folks to know what’s going on. But I would also add, the level of community, of people checking in on each other, and sharing how they’re feeling has been really incredible. People are scared but resolute things will get better.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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Making sure this tweet shows up in the original thread and also feel free to DM any story of how you are dealing with this moment that you would rather share anonymously and, with your permission, I will post it here.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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From a young man in Los Angeles, which makes me think of all the kind Uber and Lyft drivers I have met who are Latino and the grief they may receive.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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From a white man in Austin about his Latino family and their fear of taking his children to public spaces and that his legal citizen mother and father in law could be targeted nonetheless.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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From a Latina woman in America on her husband’s US nationality being called “fake news” in a Home Depot light bulb aisle.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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How the shooting looks like from the Mexican side of the border.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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A man in the Boston area scared for his 70-year-old mom being reported as in the country illegally even though she came to the country legally decades ago.
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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A naturalized citizen and immigration activist worried for her family in a border state and that she could face retribution for her advocacy
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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A young man “from the same town as the El Paso shooter. Same graduating class, but rival high schools.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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A community organizer and immigration activist doing this work to honor his family’s sacrifice. “I don’t think my heart has been whole for a while.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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Her husband is a manager at a grocery chain in Southern California and gets told to go back to Mexico weekly. “I fear for his safety and the safety of our kids.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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This one hit me because he says he’s not good with words and then writes this thoughtful comment. “It’s as though my memories and relationships are diminished because of viewpoints and ideology that I would never have guessed were in their hearts.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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She has family members that escaped that shooting at the garlic festival. They’re mixed but her sister looks more “Latina.” “I’m so much more scared for her because her brown skin makes her a target for violence than me.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo
Heartbreaking: “I am proud of my Latinidad but after the Pulse shootings and now El Paso, I feel so scared because I look very Hispanic.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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From a journalist at a major newspaper. “I’m terrified in a way maybe only one or two other people in my newsroom are. For the rest of them, what’s happening is only abstractly horrifying.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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This broke my heart, from an “American that happens to have brown skin.” “It is really the last few months that I feel not wanted by my fellow Americans and it hurts. It hurts because we contribute to the economy, to the food and the culture.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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“I have thought for a while I would be doing this work until I retire, but increasingly I wonder if I will do this work until a fellow countryman kills me instead.”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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This thread is heavy. A moment of levity: I talked to my small mom today, an immigrant who’s lived in NYC for 50 years. She’s feisty so I asked what she would say if someone told her not to speak Spanish? “I’m Hispanic and I’m proud of it, what are you going to do about it?” 🤦🏽‍♂️
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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“Who’s to say this won’t inspire something worse?”
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Adrian Carrasquillo Aug 6
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From a Texan in the Rio Grande Valley: “It could have been us...we’re not fine.”
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