Lawyer caught making a racist rant on video receives an 'education' with a 'Latin Party' held outside his house
A protest/fiesta was arranged outside the home of Aaron Schlossberg, a lawyer who was featured in a viral video making racist comments, complete with tacos and a Mariachi band.
Aaron Schlossberg has had a rather tough time recently after being caught on camera spewing a racist rant at a group of Hispanic restaurant workers. The lawyer has been evicted from his office, forced to go out in disguise and widely criticized online. But having an actual Mariachi band show up to protest outside his apartment is probably the last thing the New York lawyer would have expected.
Who this this bigot in Midtown Manhattan? What's his name?— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 16, 2018
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Here he is harassing & insulting two women for speaking Spanish...TO EACH OTHER in the middle of Manhattan.
Trump has empowered ugly white people like this to say whatever they feel like saying. pic.twitter.com/WbHlet6H7c
Schlossberg was eating in a Midtown salad bar when he threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials because he heard the restaurant workers talking in Spanish. He apparently assumed that the workers were illegal immigrants. The video promptly went viral leading to the lawyer facing a barrage of criticism for his antics.
Please let Attorney Aaron M. Schlossberg of Midtown Manhattan know I’m trying to get in touch with him. I have a few questions.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 16, 2018
If you reach him, ask how often he eats at the Fresh Kitchen next door to his office and if he has a problem with people speaking Spanish there. pic.twitter.com/8pgQ6wZNzi
Millennials for Revolution, a leftist grassroots movement that was previously known as ‘Millennials for Bernie Sanders’ decided to protest Schlossberg by arranging a “latin party” outside his apartment on Friday, May 18.
"This message that we're sending to him is not just to him. It's to every single person in America - every single racist. If they think they can openly attack our communities, man, there's going to be a response," organizer Carlos Jesus Calzadilla said, according to ABC13.
The event has received a lot of support online. More than $1000 has been raised for the band through crowdfunding. The protest “fiesta” featured taco trucks, a Jarritos truck and a live Mariachi band performing songs like "La Cucaracha".
Despite the loud noise from the event, Schlossberg’s neighbors did not seem to mind one bit.
The anti-racist lawyer rally is in full swing outside his apartment and includes a piñata with his face on it. pic.twitter.com/gLWjaAxmdq— Aly Ellis (@alykeves) May 18, 2018
It is presently unclear whether the lawyer was home to enjoy the “festivities”, but the protesters outside did not seem to really care one way or the other. "If not for him," one of them said, "We would never have come together."
For those of you having a bad day, I hope this video of Aaron Schlossberg, the racist lawyer, disguising himself & running from the media brings a smile to your face.— Simar (@sahluwal) May 17, 2018
Since the video went viral, two elected New York representatives, the congressman Adriano Espaillat and the Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr, have made formal complaints to the New York court system, The Guardian reports. It is unlikely, however, that Schlossberg will be disbarred for the incident.
Schlossberg has also been forced to move around in disguise after being hounded by reporters asking him about his comments. Some people have questioned whether “harassing” the lawyer is the proper way to deal with the issue. The organizers of the event definitely do not feel that way.
Karma hits hard: The white man who threatened to call ICE to deport to Latino women b/c they spoke Spanish—has been deported from his own office b/c he’s a total racist ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/tEeS2R3AFm— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) May 17, 2018
“This isn’t hounding him,” Moumita Ahmed, one of the organizers, told the Guardian. “We’re celebrating Latin culture and showing the world that for one racist there’s thousands of people who will come out and uplift a community. We have to hold him accountable, especially when we have a president who is upending communities by calling them animals and from shithole countries. We have to put these people in place, and this man has a history of going to protests and harassing people.”
Imagine being a successful lawyer or having your own food network show and *all you need to do* to keep that success is NOT be racist in public and you can’t— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) May 19, 2018
The protest party reportedly had hundreds of people in attendance. Police officers arrived early to set up protective barriers around Schlossberg’s $1.2 million home.
Songs including Luis Fonsi’s Despacito and Selena’s Bidi Bidi Bom Bom were reportedly blasted over the PA. The party reportedly ended without any violence. The New York Observer reports that Carlos Jesus, president of the Young Progressives of America, spoke to the crowd, chanting: “Racists are not welcome here ... if you wanna speak Spanish, speak Spanish!”
Mariachis outside of racist lawyer Aaron Schlossberg’s building. This is the America I love, one accepting of every culture & all people. pic.twitter.com/von2ct65ig— Simar (@sahluwal) May 19, 2018
Leaving voicemails to #AaronSchlossberg you know, the racist lawyer that said he'll deport spanish people for speaking spanish. I hope these voicemails will help with his tolerance. #fuckracism pic.twitter.com/LkyAOIWvvg— Iamraychelalvarez (@Billiemyholiday) May 17, 2018