A Texas family and their supporters are fuming over racially-charged statements made by members of the a group calling themselves The Concerned Citizens against a family made up of a Hispanic mother, her African-American husband, and their two daughters.
The mother, Rosa Vasquez Madina, and her children were reportedly eating lunch with a group called Citizens United near Hidalgo City Hall when members of Concerned Citizens — a rival group – began taunting the family with, “Bananas, bananas. Where can we get bananas?” and also making comments about monkeys while looking at the children, ages 7 and 3.
After Vasquez Madina called her husband, he joined his family. Police say an altercation nearly broke out before they arrived on the scene.
Members of the Concerned Citizens group who were involved include a coach, a school district member, and other employees of Valley View Independent School District.
Continuing the harassment later that same day, members of Concerned Citizens posted photos of apes on the family’s Facebook pages.
Regarding the school district employees, Hidalgo Mayor John David Franz said, “Anyone who has participated in activity or laughed along with racial comments will not be tolerated and removed from (their) position or fired.”