Mr. Fullerton: you gave us the story of how your mother had been called a greaser by white teen-age girls because of her dark features. She was attacked because she was different.
You viewed the remark as being racist. But I don't distinguish the difference between your conduct toward the young Hispanic girl who addressed your class with the purpose of registering Hispanic voters and the conduct that was directed toward your mom.
You also disliked the young Hispanic girl's political views because they were different than yours, and in this newspaper you called her a very Mexican girl for the purpose of demeaning her. You disliked her speaking some Spanish and you confronted her because she upset your white skin attitude.
Your conduct against the Hispanic girl and the conduct directed against your mom were both wrong. Don't forget the young Hispanic girl will probably pass on her experience with you to her kids.