An older White woman went on a racist tirade at an American family of Hispanic descent this week. She called the woman taking video a “f***king filthy, dirty Mexican” and threatened to call ICE on her and her family.
The video was shot at a rest stop in Houston, Texas.
Texas has one of the largest populations of Hispanic American citizens in the United States.
But that didn’t stop this woman from assuming “brown” equals “undocumented” or “illegal” alien.
You can watch the video here:
— New York Post (@nypost) December 10, 2019
She seems nice
— merch (@merch583) December 10, 2019
People are gross
— jibby (@Jibby031) December 10, 2019
The family was on a road trip when they made a stop in Houston, Texas at a rest area. The filmer remained calm as she explained to the irate woman that she is not illegal.
According to the woman who filmed the tirade:
“This woman walks in and as soon as she noticed we were not white she started attacking us verbally. On her way out she started threatening us with calling ICE on us, that’s why I pulled out my passport, which shows I am an American Citizen.”
The circumstances surrounding what inspired the rant are unclear, but the ugly confrontation can be plainly seen when the woman raises her middle finger and says “adios!” in a mocking tone to the woman taking video.
People like this have no place in society, they don’t own the streets
— Lowe Jones (@lElijahsDad) December 10, 2019
Good lord. When (?!?!?) are we going to get past this kind of stupidity? A person’s character has NOTHING to do with their skin color.
— JC (@JaswithnoE) December 10, 2019
Some wondered why the filmer bothered to give the woman any notice.
Why even give her the time of day by posting this?
— Matthew (@GreatAgainMatty) December 10, 2019
But in a time when some people still say racism is a thing of the long forgotten past, proof of the harassment people of color face is important.
Some thought the solution to such public harassment was to make hate speech illegal.
Several countries around the world have laws against hate speech.
Make racism illegal and anyone express racial prejudice serve time in jail.
— Chris🇯🇲Snap (@snap_serv) December 10, 2019
This is far from the first incident of overt racism caught on video in the country this year. A woman was caught yelling racist epithets at 7-11 employees in South Beach, FL after being asked to pay for her purchases; a Mississippi Sheriff said that a local politician was “worse than a black person”.
It seems racists in the country are out in droves and many are blaming President Trump.
The anti immigrant and especially the anti Mexican rhetoric coming from our President is to blame for this. This existed before but he threw gas on the fire.
— Cuban Pete (@Halfmykingdom) December 10, 2019
Don’t excuse someone’s racism because of road rage. And that was a false equivalency you made. Hurricanes are a natural disaster. Racism is man made. And when your president throws gas to the fire, you get hot heads like these.
— Mr Scott (@Mrscott6xi) December 11, 2019
Trump’s Followers, His signature and Legacy.
— Ramon Cardona (@RamonCardona20) December 11, 2019
Just following the example of the orange President. Lovely.
— Paul (@noone7272) December 11, 2019
Her President must be so proud.
— Pragmatist 🅿️ (@BKPragmat) December 10, 2019
Another Trumpster on the loose.
— StPatrick33 (@StPatrick33) December 10, 2019
This is Trumps country.
— teriehappyauer😊 (@terieauer) December 10, 2019
Trump’s aggressive use of ICE is well documented. The MAGA rally chants about walls and comments about Mexico and immigrants from South and Central America all being violent rapists, gang members and drug runners likely contributed to incidents of harassment like the one recorded in this latest video.
Will racists continue to feel empowered if a Democrat is elected in 2020?
Only time and an election will tell.