A white woman harassed a group of passengers on a bus in Ohio, unleashing a longwinded, ignorant, and racist rant.
This is the latest in a recent pattern of racial profiling and racist tirades, including a white man who hurled racial slurs at a Mexican man in the aftermath of a car accident. Then there was a DMV employee who made a comment on social media, saying that to save some tax dollars, Mexicans should be shot dead at the border. And let’s not forget the now-infamous “Permit Patty” who called the police on an 8-year-old for selling water.
And now this.
In the video, the woman asked about the passengers having their “mother**king papers” to be in this country:
I hope you all got your mother**king papers. I’m sick of you motherf**kers. You got papers to be in this country?
She can also be heard shouting “n****r” and, in a different video, she shouted, “Go back to your f**king country.”
This woman went on a profane, racist tirade on a New York bus — and even asked if fellow passengers had ‘papers’ to be in the country pic.twitter.com/RgJbx5NvUW
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 5, 2018
One man at whom she directed her tirade asked if she could “please stop” but, as one might expect, that request made her even more enraged:
First off all, in this country, we have what’s called the First Amendment Right. OK, which means I can say whatever the f**k I want. OK?
Zoe Mac posted the original video on Facebook, and once the woman realized she was being recorded, she knocked the phone out of her hand. At that point, everyone on the bus was terrified. Passengers shouted “do not hit anybody” and another person said off-camera:
Grab your mother. That is your mother, Please grab her.
This string of racist attacks is frightening and dangerous:
This issue is getting out of control
— julie h. (@shadowsjh) July 5, 2018
Trumplandia and the rise of the hateful, racists.
— Tricia (@plouiseivans) July 5, 2018
Fire these racist clowns!
— Rolf Auer 🇨🇦 (@Rolf_Auer) July 5, 2018
The bus driver eventually phoned the police and reported the woman, who was soon arrested. Apparently, this wasn’t her first encounter with the Orangetown Police Department. She was reprimanded for the “same type of conduct” earlier that afternoon.
Because she was charged with violations, the woman remains unnamed.
Some are saying the driver should have taken action much sooner:
He should've slammed on the brakes!
— Josh Parks (@JoshParks2018) July 5, 2018
The driver waited too long to drop the hammer on her.
— Lawrence Chin 🇨🇦 (@real_xy11xy) July 5, 2018
That bus needed a trap door.
— Jennifer Bourne (@OtherNamowal) July 6, 2018
Executive Ed Day of Rockland County said the following about the incident:
The type of behaviour displayed by this irate passenger is inexcusable.
I applaud the bus driver, passengers and responding law enforcement for handling this situation as calmly as they did. Rockland County will not tolerate these types of divisions any longer.
Beyond the strict non-tolerance of such behaviors, the spokesman said:
We all have much more in common than any superficial differences that appear to divide us.
Mac, who posted the video, said the following on her post that has since gone viral:
“Racism never died and this is what people like me…go through”
People are throwing the rant right back at the racist because this isn’t her country either:
Her country? Is she a Native American?
— Simon Banks (@SimonBanks789) July 5, 2018
Does she have papers?
Asking for the natives pic.twitter.com/3NngS1vek5
— Lady No BS (@twittyhaj) July 5, 2018
Some are dying to see the arrest video:
I wanna see the arrest video. Come on Internet!
— Jodee B 🖤 (@jodeeb) July 5, 2018
When will this end?
Our nation is very ill and it's contagious.
— Jasper Mallis (@JasperMallis) July 5, 2018
What an ugly world this has become especially when behaviour like this is rapidly on the rise.
— Daniel Hitchens (@DanHitchens) July 5, 2018
— Ali (@ali_ProbAli) July 5, 2018