In what has become a depressingly common occurrence, another white woman called the cops on two black women waiting for AAA in the parking lot of their own apartment building. In a cell phone video uploaded by the Garris sisters, we see a woman named Susan Westwood harassing the sisters and drunkenly saying things like “I’m white and hot, so what are you doing here?” and “I make $125,000 a year.”
MOUTH DROPPING VIDEOS...Never thought this would happen to my sister and I right here in Charlotte, NC (Southpark/Myers...Posted by Chele Garris on Friday, October 26, 2018
However, that last bit is no longer true, as the North Carolina resident was just fired from her job. Patrick Paterno, public relations for the Carolina region for Charter Communications was quoted as saying,
“The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter’s code of conduct and clearly disregards the company’s commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior. As such, Ms. Westwood’s employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately.”
It didn’t take long for Twitter to find out.
Entitled— MustafaCohen (@MustafaCohenUK) October 28, 2018
What the hell is wrong with people?— Sunset Industries (@sunsetndustries) October 28, 2018
Just leave people alone, yet it's that plain and simple.— Demby (@Sirdemby) October 29, 2018
Does anyone know how to fast track a resume to Charter/Spectrum? I got 20+ years of experience and this woman's epic fail occurred just as I thought about changing jobs. I'm nice to my neighbors, too!— Nicki Studva (@NickiStudva) October 29, 2018
That was fast. Way to go twitter— Hoodieandglassses (@zuckerman_l) October 29, 2018
She’ll be crying through an apology on Fox News on Monday and be hired as a co-host on Tuesday.— Dan McBride (@McBride_Dan) October 28, 2018
Hahaha, instant karma... Serves #SouthParkSusan right! 😀👏— MîlL3ñnīüm Fálçøn. This. Is. Me. 🚀🛸 (@MY_MilliFalcon) October 29, 2018
I'm so thankful she was fired. Ladies, you are incredibly classy and handled the situation much better than I could. I'm sorry such ignorance still exists in our country.— E.R.S (@ESotkovsky) October 30, 2018
Good for Charter!— Carol Marie (@CarolPenelope) October 29, 2018
Job opening!— chuck (@chuckbrown0916) October 30, 2018
This kind of harassment going viral is a continuing trend. In the past we’ve had BBQ Betty and Permit Patty harassing people of color for very minor reasons, and calling the cops on them for small to nonexistent infractions. There was the incident of a Starbucks in Philadelphia which went viral after for two black men were harassed and arrested while waiting for a friend. And after this most recent incident, it’s hard to say where it will end.
People of color have long dealt with authority figures calling store managers and the police on them for innocuous activities, but in the age of cell phones and social media, have found a way to fight back. Sharing instances of harassment when they happen has helped bring light to the kind of discrimination people of color in this country have always faced.