A woman’s terrifying encounter outside of a Los Angeles grocery store shows that racism in the United States isn’t going anywhere. It’s become a staple of society, to a point where people aren’t ashamed to outwardly show it.
While enjoying some study time and music on an otherwise quiet Tuesday afternoon, Angela Jefferson was accosted by a racist man sitting nearby. Unprovoked, the unidentified man started cursing at Jefferson and used what appeared to be a pipe to bang on the tables.
Would have snuffed that old man. IDC RT @kimblackproud: Reading while black:
A black woman was reading and listening to music on Tuesday afternoon when a racist white man started harassing her outside of a Los Angeles grocery store pic.twitter.com/DpShbtPdDm
— Adonis Himself (@mistanders0n) July 12, 2018
“He had like a pipe or something or stick and he was hitting it on the tables and he tried to hit me with it,” Jefferson told CBS News. Luckily, she was able to dodge his physical attacks, but his verbal ones were a little more difficult to sidestep.
“He was calling me the N-Word … he was calling me the B-Word,” she goes on to say.
A witness to the incident, Dulcinea Circelli, captured it on video. “So I came out here and saw that he had broken a chair and was trying to hit this woman in the head and saying the N-Word, and at that point, I started recording,” Circelli said.
Racist white man.
Shouts racial slurs.
Calls her ‘n***er.’
Smashes her stuff.
Throws chair at her.
This is America.
— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) July 11, 2018
Despite Jefferson’s pleas for him to stop, the man continued his irate and lunatic behavior. The physical threat prompted one bystander to step in and try to stop him, but little could be done to curb his racist outrage. The hero of the day, however, did succeed in separating him from Jefferson and took on the brunt of the man’s verbal abuse.
Tks to technology. Now we know we always lived in a dark era that’s getting clear. Hope it will help to stop it. Peace and Love
— Dalton Miranda (@daltoncesar17) July 11, 2018
Witnesses alleged he was drunk and was gone by the time sheriff’s deputies arrived. According to the local police, should he return, and is caught causing another scene, he’ll be arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct.
Alas, harassment of POC is often not regarded as harassment by the police. There was a case only a day or two ago when a lady in a Puerto Rico T shirt was harassed by a white racist, and the cop just looked on, did nothing. All on video.
— Peter Merlin Cane (@PeterMerlinCane) July 11, 2018
Judging by the severity of the incident, and the public reaction, that may not be enough.
Um. 1.) That Guy is completely batshit and needs to be taken into custody. Society must be protected from the likes of him. 2.) The young man who protected the woman is a hero. He kept his cool in a way that I never could, and he saved her from harm. 3.) Shit “security guard.”
— Laurenzo (@Laurenzo) July 11, 2018
Please find this man, arrest him & court order a mental health evaluation. His relatives know who he is. He is homicidal. You have evidence in this videotape. @cnn @abc @nbc @cbs @nytimes Woman Studying Outside Grocery Store Attacked https://t.co/ZdwJ7vj6dJ via @TheRoot
— Hear that? Chinwag. chin·wag/CHinˌwaɡ/a chat (@lesleynmitchell) July 12, 2018
At least you can get it on social media now. Keep exposing them. Eventually they will go back in their hole. Society will shame them and they lose their jobs.
— CINDY (@Cindy7689) July 11, 2018
At the very start, the video shows him swinging that piece of metal at her. That's assault. I hope the manager called the police and that we hear more about this incident. That man is not homeless. #Unhinged
— Liz in HappyRock (@Irishgawdess) July 12, 2018
One Twitter user has a bit of advice to survive in the world today that came down from CNN’s Ana Navaro.
Like Ana Navaro said on TV this morning, ppl if you have some pigment in your skin carry your phone when you leave your house she said in fact carry2 ….in other word racism is alive and well…you will be able to document if anything happens to you.
— Linda Matthews (@adnilbklyn1) July 11, 2018