#LatinoRebels10: From 2018, the White NYC Lawyer Who Lost It Because People Were Speaking Spanish

May 13, 2021
8:52 PM

Illustration by Alex Charner

For this seventh installment of #LatinoRebels10 in celebration of Latino Rebels’ 10th anniversary, we look back to a story from 2018 when attorney Aaron M. Schlossberg just lost it. For more installments, click here.

At first, we called him “some white dude in midtown Manhattan” who literally went ballistic when he heard other people speaking Spanish at a lunch spot back in 2018.

Soon enough, he had a name and Internet infamy. What Aaron M. Schlossberg did three years ago has already been chronicled enough, but also obvious was that over the years, actions like those of Schlossberg’s were more common that you think.

Here is just a sample:

Substitute HS Teacher in Texas Caught on Video Telling Latino Student to ‘Speak English, We’re in America’

Sheriff’s Office Fires Racist Georgia Man Caught on Video Cursing at Young Latina to ‘Speak English’

Houston-Area Elected Official Apologizes After Telling Harris County Judge to ‘Speak English’

Add Another Racist ‘Speak English’ Viral Video to the Genre: This One’s From Oklahoma

Non-Latino Media Suddenly Discovers That There Are ‘Speak English’ Racists in the US

Florida Nurses: Clinic Warns Only Speak English or Be Fired

Idaho Bus Driver Fired for Pouring Water on Latino 8th Grader and Telling Him to Speak English

Woman Telling Spanish Speakers to Talk English Gets Shut Down by Another Woman

Gene Simmons Needs to Step Away from Immigration Debate: ‘Learn to Speak Goddamn English’

How best to respond to all this? We will leave to the New York Daily News, who published the following cover during the Schlossberg mess: