Remember that racist lawyer threatening to call Immigration on Spanish-speaking servers
in New York? He’s in so much trouble.
Earlier this week, the Internet was obviously incensed after a man was caught on video ranting at a Manhattan eatery demanding that two Spanish-speaking servers “speak English in America.”
He even threatened to call immigration on the two, who probably weren’t even talking about him in the first place:
He’s since been identified as Attorney Aaron Schlossberg, and since the video spread, he’s been kicked out of his office space and is facing complaints from two elected officials.
Schlossberg’s threats prompted U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to send a letter yesterday, Thursday, to a disciplinary committee that oversees lawyers practicing in the state. Espaillat and Diaz called the video “vile,” adding Schlossberg’s ” audacity to profile and verbally assault innocent bystanders and customers in a public commercial location is a violation of our civil society.”
Also on Thursday, the company that runs the building he uses as his law firm’s address said his agreement had been terminated because his actions “were contrary” to its rules and regulations.
He’s a lawyer, so he should be well aware that New York City has a human rights law that protects against discrimination and harassment based on immigration status or national origin.
There’s also an Internet-spawned fund raiser to send a mariachi band to perform outside his office.
Honestly though, New York’s appeal is that it’s a melting pot of so many different types of people, languages, and cultures that all help to make up that unique New York atmosphere.
Ross Perlin, co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, said the city has anywhere from 600 to 800 languages spoken.
“This is the most linguistically diverse city,” he said, “not only in the world but in the history of the world.”
And to remind Schlossberg, if he wanted immigrants to speak what he considered the indigenous language in America, it sure wouldn’t be English. In fact, New York’s indigenous language is the Native American ‘Lenape’, said Perlin.