A Look Back At The Many Prejudiced And Racist Incidents To Make Headlines Across Dallas in 2016.

2016 was a pretty shit year. I think we can all agree on that.

Prince died. Donald Trump won. And, honestly, those two events alone would make for a shitty decade. But in 2016, they happened just mere months apart.

And in a garbage year that has just seemed to drag on and on and on, race relations also proved especially problematic in 2016, thanks in no small part to a polarizing presidential election that took up the bulk of the social conversation and was dominated by the subject. But that, of course, was just a reflection of other issues — officer-involved shootings and President-Elect Trump’s controversial (and empowering) rhetoric — that only further fueled a growing fire of mistrust among the nation’s various demographics.

Yet, somehow, things have only gotten worse in recent months: Since Trump’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded close to 900 hate crime or hate crime-related incidents around the country.

It’s important to remember, though, that understanding these incidents is just as important as recording them. Racism has been a word that’s been lobbed – often inaccurately – at many of these incidents. It’s worth keeping in mind that racism refers specifically to sometimes negative traits being exclusively linked to a skin color and the untrue idea that one race is superior to the others. Prejudice, on the other hand, is the pre-judgment of specific demographics (i.e. cops, football players, journalists, etc.) — something that any subgroup or race can experience.

See Also: DALLAS’ 11 BIGGEST ASSHATS OF 2016. // Eleven Awful People From Dallas And The Surrounding Areas Who Wrecked 2016 For The Rest Of Us.

Also, Dallas faced a lot of prejudice and racism in 2016! Here, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the bigger instances of these that went down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the course of these past 12 months as a way to recognize that we as a society can, and need to, do better in this regard.

It’s important to remember, though, that this is just a collection of the reported incidents that made it into the news. The actual number of incidents, in all certainty, far exceeds the volume listed below.

January

February

March

  • None that we could find. Good job, March!

April

  • Members of an anti-Islam militia protest outside a Nation of Islam mosque with guns, camouflage and body armor, CBS reports. Dallas Police stands guard around the mosque as members of the New Black Panther party also show up with weapons.

May

  • None that we could find. Good job, May!

June

  • None that we could find. Good job, June!

July

August

  • A white man is caught on camera calling a group of employees the n-word and calling a group of white men who stood up for the employees “n-word lovers,” NewsFix DFW reports.
  • “Fuck Black Lives Matter! 1488 Brought to you by Phreak of Nature Baby J and King Benji! All N****** Must Die!” is the message Charter customers found in their message inbox back in August – except it wasn’t censored, WFAA reports.
  • Kevin Martinez, a popular Fort Worth chef, is verbally assaulted in the presence of his two sons by a man who takes issue with Martinez’s efforts to help a woman who’d a flat tire, Bud Kennedy writes in the Star-Telegram. The man said things like “I know how you Mexicans are with not having manners!” and “This isn’t Mexico!,” according to Martinez’s original Facebook post.
  • A white sixth grade teacher at Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD nicknamed her students as “Mrs._____’s Jighaboos,” Fox 4 News reports. The teacher’s name is, for some reason, redacted in all news reports about the incident.

September

October

  • A black man and his Hispanic co-worker receive receipts that label them as “N-word” and “Mexican” at a Sonic, the Star-Telegram reports.
  • Hipster elote-wannabe peddlers Corn Connection refer to traditional elote vendor carts as being “roachin’ ass,” Eater Dallas reports. In sticking to a nasty stereotype about Mexican vendors being dirty, the business caused a social media uproar that ended with some digital vigilante justice.
  • “Hispanic-looking” Homa Bash, an NBC 5 reporter of Indian descent, and black photographer C.J. Johnson are reported as “suspicious” to Plano police while working on a story near a neighborhood school, the DMN reports.

November

Cover photo by Kathy Tran.

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