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Manhattan Woman Caught On Video Hurling Vile, Racist Rant Against Black University Student

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*Content Warning: NSFW language and hate speech

Yale PhD student Kathryn Graves, 27, was walking through Midtown Manhattan with her #BlackLivesMatter shirt on when she was verbally assaulted by a woman.

Among several other vile words, called her an “ape.”

Graves shared video of the incident to Instagram.

It was also shared on Twitter.

Graves took out her phone and started recording, upon which the woman made monkey noises at her and hurled so many expletives her way that it would be unbecoming to reproduce the speech in this article.

Graves told the New York Post:

“I have never had someone just spew hatred in my face.”

“Before I even started to emotionally process what was going on, I just knew I had to record it—try and figure out what to do if she tries to attack me.”

According to Graves, people walked by and did nothing to help.

“She was speaking pretty loudly, it was very clear what she was saying, and the idea that … no one felt the need to intervene at all — that really bothers me a lot.”

Online, people hoped the woman’s employer would see the video.

Graves contacted the NYPD and has also come across another victim of the same woman, but fears this woman is a danger to more than just herself.

“If nothing happens, this woman could be dangerous.”

Though Graves believes the woman is likely homeless or in need of mental health help, she says “racism is not a symptom of either of those things.” She did advocate for the woman to receive help however.

“I have no desire to see this woman, like, locked up.”

As cameras allow these moments to be captured, some people are seeing the racist underbelly for the first time. It’s important to remember this level of hatred in the United States is not a revelation for everyone.

Just because you see it for the first time, doesn’t mean it wasn’t always there.

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Written by Mike Walsh

Mike is a writer, dancer, actor, and singer who recently graduated with his MFA from Columbia University. Mike's daily ambitions are to meet new dogs and make new puns on a daily basis. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikerowavables.