Aaron Schlossberg became an overnight internet star when a video of his unhinged rant at two women speaking Spanish went viral. This 42-year-old Manhattan lawyer was irate that people in America don’t always speak English. Mind you he chose to vent in an eatery on New York’s Madison Ave. I repeat – New York – where you can hear 98.7% of all global languages spoken. (I made up the stat, but is as close as dammit).

It turns out that Aaron is not new to the ‘stop and yell’ tactic. Two years ago he accosted the Massachusettes-born Willie Morris on NY’s Fifth Avenue and blessed him with this lunacy:

“What country you from? I’m gonna call the police. You don’t run into people. I’m a citizen here. You’re not. You’re an ugly fucking foreigner, so fuck you!”. Adding, “You’re not allowed to walk on the wrong side of the street.”

In good humor, Morris allowed that Schlossberg may have a case in his assessment of Morris’ looks, but he was factually wrong on his citizenship status.

It is evident that Schlossberg has anger management issues to go along with his racism. Also, he’s a coward. When tracked down by intrepid reporters from The New York Post, the big man hid under an umbrella and whined he was being attacked. Such is the spineless inconsequence of a blowhard bully.

Let’s examine the thing that set Schlossberg off – people speaking Spanish. Here’s the deal. America has no official language. There is nothing in the Constitution – nor in case law – that demands people speak English. I suspect that the First Amendment would be a powerful tool to deny any move to establish an official language.

Having said that if you want to get ahead in America, you should learn to speak English. It is as useful a skill as computer literacy – not mandatory but a good idea. Immigrants have always known this. Overwhelmingly they have insisted that their children learn and use English. However, there is nothing wrong – it is even a benefit – to speaking more than one language. It is important enough to be an integral part of the education of English speaking students.

Trump, a life-long racist has made hay out of xenophobia. He tapped into the fears of whites across the land who think they are ‘losing their country’. And while the image of a white racist is Bubba, down on the farm, in fly-over country, Aaron Schlossberg shows that mindless racism can wear a tie and work in the nation’s most diverse city.

Hopefully, this is the darkness before the dawn and no future President will stoke the fears of Schlossberg and his fellow travelers to win office.




Fox News EVP Says the Olympic Motto Is Now “Darker, Gayer, Different.”

February 9, 2018

(Note: I wrote this post in response to a Fox News opinion piece that was so shameful Fox News took it down. But if you want to read it you will find the text at the bottom of the post) John Moody, EVP and Executive Editor at Fox News, is upset that the US Winter Olympic team isn’t as white […]

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Whites Believe Whites are Discriminated Against.

October 25, 2017

By any standard, whites have it best in America. It’s tough for displaced workers of any stripe — or for any employee whose wages have stagnated — but if you are white, you are more likely to have a job. And your wages will be higher. But in a new poll, the majority of whites (55%) believe that whites […]

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Trump Adds Lazy Puerto Ricans to His Racist Hall of Stereotypes.

September 30, 2017

“Is Trump a racist?” is the wrong question. After all, he had to promise not to discriminate against minorities to settle a housing suit brought by the Feds in 1973. The right question is: “Has Trump proved he is not a racist?” The answer is no. And you can ask “the Blacks”, as Trump unempathetically groups […]

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The ‘Son of a Bitch’ is a Greater American than Kremlin Don.

September 23, 2017

America is greatest when she overcomes her wrongs.  As she did with emancipation. And with the recognition of worker rights, women’s rights, consumer rights, civil rights, gay rights. But the path to greatness has had switchbacks, and progress has been slow. Today unarmed black Americans are still shot dead by cops. American minorities are still disproportionately […]

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Really? 9.9.17 Pruitt Promotes Polio; Limbaugh’s Folly; Trump & Churches; Sikhs & Sharia.

September 9, 2017

Too soon? Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator, says that we shouldn’t talk about climate change while Irma is bearing down on the US. That’s absurd. If we waited until there was no polio to start work on preventing polio, there would still be polio. The cancer of climate denial. Big tobacco denied the connection between smoking and […]

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In Pardoning Arpaio Trump Bets It All on Racism.

August 26, 2017

  Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio – on a Friday night, in August, during a hurricane. In the (political) old days, this would have been a ‘news dump’. A story designed to sink into the weekend, buried beneath a bigger event. But with the desperate need to fill time, cable-news networks have hours to devote to every […]

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Trump Says Heather Heyer Is no Better than a Neo-Nazi.

August 19, 2017

Another week in the Trump presidency winds down – and like most of the previous ones, it is well called the ‘his worst week’ yet. Trump is a man celebrated for his faults – so steeped in wickedness and disregard for humanity that it takes great endurance to wade through his failings and pick his worst. But let’s […]

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The Far Right Embraces a Sinking President – And Vice Versa.

August 17, 2017

The white right has claimed that Confederate statues are nothing more than cultural symbols. That to tear them down is to deny history or at least revise it. They maintain the fiction that the civil war was a fight for states rights  – and not to preserve slavery. A claim the southern states themselves repudiated […]

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