Ah, Independence Day! The perfect holiday to showcase the most vile, bigoted aspects of American nationalism. On July 4th, a white man in Petaluma, California, let loose on a racist tirade against his neighbors because they were playing Latin music to celebrate the holiday.
The man can be heard shouting at the gathered family:
you want to do that on the Fourth of July … throw it in my face?
Here's the thing: Spain took control of California in 1776. Californians playing Spanish music in California on 4t… https://t.co/kMoI8LNmpW— 🏳️🌈Spacedad - Corpo Merc Salaryman🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈Spacedad - Corpo Merc Salaryman🏳️🌈)1530940439.0
I doubt that idiot wearing a US flag bandanna knows anything at all about any of that though. I also doubt they've… https://t.co/ZpvLx4DRyd— 🏳️🌈Spacedad - Corpo Merc Salaryman🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈Spacedad - Corpo Merc Salaryman🏳️🌈)1530940488.0
He was referencing the Latin music playing from Ivette Celedon's backyard. Celedon recounted the situation to CBS:
My father-in-law has a speaker out back and it wasn't that loud, especially not over their loud music that they have a July 4th party every year. And we have never complained about them.
@TheRoot This is too depressing. Alexa, play Despacito.— 💉 Pootler (@💉 Pootler)1530904452.0
@TheRoot Yeah, I love the attitude of ‘my country’ while wearing the flag as a sweat band. kma— Kimberly Hanssen (@Kimberly Hanssen)1530984808.0
@TheRoot I love how ppl get mad about mexican doing certain things, yet cinco del mayo rolls around & everyone is g… https://t.co/7UVnhlui8k— Lorena (@Lorena)1530975441.0
Celedon posted the entire infuriating incident to Facebook with the caption:
So in a family backyard bbq we're not allowed to have Spanish music because it's disrespectful to the country????? Land of the free right? Celebrating independence!!! We are celebrating Independence Day just like everyone else! #neverhadaproblemuntil2018
@TheRoot I hope some one sends a dozen mobile DJ's to his street so they can play nothing but music from non English speaking singers— MM (@MM)1530906315.0
@TheRoot Boy, the cockroaches are coming out of their hiding places aren't they?— LisaPizza (@LisaPizza)1530925442.0
The unnamed neighbor has now apologized, though his statement to CNN leaves a little to be desired:
Sometimes I wish they would assimilate more. I hear them playing [Spanish language] music in the backyard all the time and it doesn't bother me. Because of the day and what July 4th means to me, I felt disrespected.