A White woman threatened a Black family with a taser outside their home in Discovery Bay, California.
The dispute between Gerritt Jones and a woman – who was later identified by KGO as Adana Dean – began after she accused the family’s pit bull of assaulting her dog.
Jones’s sister Jariell was outraged by the altercation and took her frustration over to Twitter.
“I am TIRED of living this way. I am TIRED of passive aggressiveness. I am TIRED of the fake smiles.”
“I am TIRED that I don’t feel safe in a house that I’ve lived in for 10+ years cause of the color of my skin.”
The accompanying surveillance footage showed Jones attempting to rationalize with Dean, who told him:
“You know what, you’re a Black person living in a white neighborhood and you’re acting like one.”
“Why don’t you act like a white person in a white neighborhood?”
Part 1: Discovery Bay, CA • I am TIRED of living this way. I am TIRED of passive aggressiveness. I am TIRED of the fake smiles. I am TIRED that I don’t feel safe in a house that I’ve lived in for 10+ years cause of the color of my skin. #karensgonewild #blm #racisminamerica pic.twitter.com/ZRf90pr2Il
— Jariell (@Jaa_Rule) November 17, 2020
The clip began with Dean – who was holding her dog – ranting before threatening to call the police.
“We were raised around Black people and most of them were very nice.”
“Everything is on camera. I’ll be happy to show them.”
She fired back:
“Why are you so nasty?”
She continued to explain she was from Oklahoma “where there were tons of Black people.”
At one point, Jariell stepped outside and confronted Dean and asked why she was yelling and holding a taser.
Dean repeatedly claimed that their pit bull attacked her dog, despite Jones insisting their pet is never off-leash when outside.
Part 2 pic.twitter.com/tKypoy18S4
— Jariell (@Jaa_Rule) November 17, 2020
With the argument showing no sign of resolve, Dean told the siblings:
“You guys are acting like Black people and you shouldn’t. You should act like white people.”
“Most people don’t act like you do.”
Jones reminded her:
“You came over here with a Taser.”
Jariell later explained why the clips were posted on social media.
“This woman charged after me and my brother multiple times with a taser, got in our face, yelled racial slurs at us SO YOU GOD DAMN RIGHT IM GONNA MAKE HER FEEL THIS SH*T.”
“Can’t even feel comfortable in my own damn house. White a** amerikkka.”
Jones – who is a 12-year resident of the neighborhood – said of the incident:
“Unfortunately that’s the reality of being Black in America.”
He also admitted to never having problems with Dean, who lives across the street.
In response to her statement of the family not acting like “people who aren’t normal,” Jones told the news outlet:
“Normal to her is people who will lay down and submit to unfortunately her white privilege and white supremacy.”
You can watch the ABC 7 news report here.
The clips elicited sympathy on Twitter.
Some implied Dean exhibited mental illness as the reason that caused her to unravel.
An earlier clip from Monday revealed the neighbor was civil with Jones’s 13-year-old son Zayire while he was walking the family’s dog, “Dice.”
She was even seen in the video petting the pit bull.
This is terrible. Unfortunately it happens too often with people who are not mentally ill and are just nasty lowlifes. That said, I think this woman is seriously mentally ill and needs help
— Andi🇺🇸#Georgia🇺🇸 (@MusicTennisWine) November 17, 2020
I'm sorry this happened to you, but when people get old their minds start turning to mush. You really can't take that seriously. My next door neighbor was calling me a b**** over and over and I didn't even know her and we're both White. She had dementia. Ignore it.
— LiaS (@LiaS11112222) November 18, 2020
But others found Dean’s behavior inexcusable.
I’m so sorry you had to experience this but this is the true AMERIKKKA we live in. You have to put it in tour head that they are all racist and try to move accordingly. You guys showed so much courage and strength #BlackPower
— JUNIOR GALETTE (@JuniorGalette93) November 17, 2020
She tried the, I have black friends but the black friends I have don't act like N*****s line..
— K-1 Haze🇵🇦 (@Mr_Sir_Raider) November 17, 2020
Can't argue with the way they handled that, although had she came to me my patience would have run out much sooner than theirs did. Me personally I'm not willing to explain to an adult, that you don't have any business coming to me like that. I would have cursed that b**** out
— Vidian6 (@Vidian6) November 17, 2020
Race has nothing to do with it. I cannot wrap my brain or heart around people who single people out based on the color of their skin or religious beliefs.
Why can't people be happy for the good fortune of others? MOST people work pretty hard for it.
So sorry this happened
— 😷😷 MaskUp😷😷 ~KeepYourDistance~ (@SowKindnessNow) November 18, 2020
I can’t belive people like this live in my home town I’ve lived in discovery bay since I was 7 years old and this is one the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen and too know this intolerance is so close too home Is just repulsive!
— Mike Guy (@mister__morris) November 17, 2020
Jones said that maintaining calm was crucial in the situation.
“She had a stun gun and if my sister or any of them got physical with her the story would’ve been here this Black family is assaulting just white lady in the streets.”
He is hoping the incident will be a teachable lesson for all families and Black Americans.
“I want my son to grow up and be proud of who he is. I hope that people all over the country learn from this see that this can’t be tolerated.”
In the aftermath of the racially-motivated encounter, Zayire proudly shared the family’s new slogan as residents of Discovery Bay.
“We’re going to act Black in our white neighborhood.”