It seems to be an everyday thing now, where video surfaces of a confrontation with a profanity spewing person and a person of color. In this case it occurred at Sesame Place, an amusement park with a Sesame Street theme, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The video only captures a woman in a black swimsuit swearing and giving people the middle finger as well as grabbing the woman recording the video. What it doesn’t capture is what sparked the woman to begin filming.
Zafirah Moore who went to Sesame Place with her children says the woman in the black swimsuit was using profanity to yell at other children. But when Moore asked the woman to stop, she and some witnesses state the woman told Moore to “go back where she came from.”
That is when Moore began filming and can be heard telling the woman “say it again.”
Watch news coverage here.
Moore, who was born and raised in West Philadelphia and is Black and Muslim, wore her hijab to Sesame Place that day. It is unclear if the woman’s remark was racist or Islamaphobic.
Either way, Moore stated she holds no grudge and wants to forgive the woman, but wishes for her to learn from the incident and not make the same statement to anyone else.
— Matt Petrillo (@MattPetrillo) August 7, 2019
Moore told the CBS3 Philly:
“I just want to tell her that I’m a person. I don’t look like everyone else, I don’t dress like everyone else, but I am a person. You can’t just go around saying anything to anybody. It was no need to say that to me.”
“Of course I would forgive her. I’m not holding a grudge. I just want her to learn from her actions and I don’t want her to do this to anyone else.”
“I don’t know her. I can’t say why she did what she did, but she did what she did and she needs to realize it’s not OK.”
While willing to forgive, Moore did indicate she still wishes to press charges against the woman for physically assaulting her.
But from there… things get confusing. Things are done which Moore may not even be aware of and that she never references in her interview.
A person claiming to be Moore’s cousin posted the video on Instagram, but added that Sesame Place gave the woman spewing profanity a free pass to return to the park and treated Moore and her family as the aggressors.
On Instagram, an account that usually posts reckless driving videos called FoCuzNDrive, captioned Moore’s video:
“Although this isn’t a driving situation it still shows recklessness…as a few of my family members stood in line yesterday at Sesame Place this lady got into an argument with another African American lady over children doing children things and began using very foul language in front of the children my cousin asked if she could just please watch her language in front of all the kids and her response was “bitch f**k you and go back to where you came from” 😲 then this happened….As you see my family kept their cool even after the lady got physical and attempted to knock her phone out of her hand 👏🏾👏🏾💪🏾 “
But FoCuzNDrive added details to the story Zafirah Moore never gave or alleged in any way in her interview.
“but sesame place still attempted to treat my family as the aggressors 🤦🏾♀️ finally the angry lady was asked to leave the park but given tickets to return at a later date 🤦🏾♀️ this is really bad at a children’s amusement park also the only amusement park in the world designated as a certified autism center…why would you even want someone that holds this kind of negativity and hate around children? especially those with disabilities…we have to do better it’s 2019 🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️”
They then tagged news organizations and prominent public figures like Barack Obama.
Note Moore says nothing like this in her interview.
So is it true? Did Sesame Place treat the family as the aggressors or give the profanity spewing woman a free park ticket?
Is the person behind FoCuzNDrive really Moore’s cousin? Or are they someone looking for their 15 minutes who decided to exploit someone else’s real life experience by posting a video they found online with new more sordid claims?
Sesame Place, like Moore, told a different story in both the news coverage and online.
A message from the Sesame Place family pic.twitter.com/pE7JI4d6kH
— Sesame Place (@SesamePlace) August 7, 2019
According to the park, the woman was removed and banned for life.
But from the Instagram post by FoCuzNDrive, others picked up the video.
Some shared only Moore’s account of what happened.
This racist white woman told a black woman to “go back to where you came from” at Sesame Place in front of children. The racist woman also assaulted the person filming this. These are the folks emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric. Twitter, do your thing.pic.twitter.com/gSsfQEaeIP
— Simar (@sahluwal) August 7, 2019
But others shared the altered version of the story created and supported only on an anonymous Instagram page that may or may not be related to Zafirah Moore.
Racist white lady tells a black woman to go back to where she came from.
Vulgar at a children’s amusement park and gets physical
Black woman & her family treated as aggressors. Racists white lady gets free tickets to return at a different date
At Sesame Place pic.twitter.com/1vIh2tWGoM
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) August 7, 2019
No family photos or videos with Moore are on the FoCuzNDrive Instagram page aside from a screenshot of Moore’s own Instagram. According to the page, Instagram removed the post the first time it was put up with the new claims not corroborated by Moore.
When Moore shared the video on her own Instagram, the only claim she made was:
“Today I got told to go back where I came from 😂😂😂”
As for Sesame Place, Moore only claims they failed to contact her directly after she posted her video. She makes no claims that the park security intervened during the incident or that she spoke directly to any park security personnel during her visit.
So what do we 100% know? A White woman in a black bathing suit spewed profanity at a park designated Autism friendly in front of many children. Video shows the White woman angry and aggressive with Moore.
According to Moore and witnesses, but not on video, the confrontation is because Moore asked the woman to stop swearing and the woman also told Moore, who was born in the United States, to go back where she came from.
Everything else seems to have spun outside of Moore’s control or wishes to heighten the profile and clicks of others who didn’t even share her name as they increased their own public profile. It is unfortunate that their thirst for 15 minutes of internet fame derailed a true story of a very real problem of racism and Islamaphobia in the United States.
Know your sources, seek truth and be kind to one another, please.