A video showing a White man mocking and screaming racial slurs at a Black woman in Florida has left people on social media appalled and angry, with some calling it a hate crime.
The video was captured by the Black woman, who goes by the Twitter handle @mishou_charelus, and appears to have been in response to her support for Black Lives Matter.
WARNING: video contains NSFW language
I literally just got off the highway into Naples and this is the first thing that happens to me. Like this man could’ve killed me at a whole red light. FIND THIS MAN!! pic.twitter.com/bcDSQJ7nNp
— ✨ (@mishou_charelus) August 13, 2020
The incident occurred in Naples, Florida. As her caption states, the Black woman had just exited a highway and gotten into the South Florida city when the incident happened.
The video shows a white man, waiting at a red light beside her, screaming out his car window in a mocking way, as if cheering at a sports game.
He then picks up a pen and paper and instructs her to place a value on her life.
“Tell me how much your life matters.”
When the woman protests, the man unleashes a torrent of horrifying racial abuse. First, he says something about her “black ni**er face” before screaming:
“Fu*k you ni**er! That’s how much your life matters! NOTHING! Fu*k you ni**er! Did you hear me? Fu*k you ni**er.”
Perhaps because the woman refuses to engage with him, the man continues, this time taking a more juvenile but no less appalling tack that included what could be construed as a physical threat.
“Take the video, put it on Facebook, and then lick my as*hole while I sh*t on your ni**er-loving face! Fu*k you ni**er! Whew!”
The man then cheers again as if he’s at a sporting event.
The woman’s encounter may not be the first incident of racist attacks coming from this individual. In response to the woman’s video, another Twitter user tweeted a photograph someone they claimed was the same man who’d launched a similar racist attack earlier this month who they claimed was the same man.
This is the same man I posted about aug 6 🙏🏽 he will be stopped and charged soon! pic.twitter.com/0bcwfVh9C6
— Yaya Gary (@SheTraps) August 14, 2020
Others on Twitter mobilized to try to figure out the man’s identity.
@Grubhub Do us a solid, and rid your ranks of this hateful person!
— Jamie TORCELLINI (@JTorcellini) August 14, 2020
So he’s broke and mad at everyone for it except himself.
— jerrod k andrade (@jerry077) August 14, 2020
While some applauded the woman who filmed the video for somehow keeping calm during the encounter.
This is UNACCEPTABLE & disgusting. I’m so proud of you for keeping your composure. You are so much better than me! I’m glad your safe babe.
— JUSTICE4BREONNATAYLOR (@PraiseMey) August 14, 2020
And across the board, people were appalled by the man’s display, which some pointed out may be a hate crime.
these white supremacists are a danger to society. look at that raging hate, he even threatened to harm you physically. this was nothing short of a hate crime. im so sorry this happened to you
— ✊🏾 (@bomslover) August 14, 2020
it’s the way he yells out of the rear window bc his passenger window is duct taped. glad you’re here to post this. hope he gets his.
— rick james and the giant peach (@xtoexjamx) August 14, 2020
Why they never do this to black men close up only to black woman?
— Brenda Milton (@bamcanes1) August 14, 2020
And several had words of support for the victim.
I’m So sorry you had to deal with this type of ignorance and I pray you find peace in knowing that this POS has only one working window in this Florida heat he won’t last much longer 😭 you please be safe tho 🍢
— Ed'Ricus Williams (@Blu_flight) August 13, 2020
Something tells me duct tape is holding together more than this man's window. His whole life a mess. This is mental health issue sis, nothing to do with you. Be blessed. Majority of people in our country love and support you
— carlos santiago (@csantiago1986) August 14, 2020
On Reddit, where the video appeared in the PublicFreakout subReddit, people had some choice words for the man who attacked the woman.
“Just completely at a loss for how much of a shi*stain this moron is. I’m sure his world and life are both as utterly worthless as his duct-taped passenger window. I hope he runs his ass into a brick wall” —FinnsterBaby
“this is the type of dude that gets quiet and shrinks quick when a man is anywhere near him” —soakratikmethod
“He reminds me of a shivering, barking chihuahua” —welcometoindia
“Wow, what a fucking piece of shit.” —joeyg334
The man has yet to be identified as of this writing.