At a time when President Donald Trump and his administration have been accused of inflaming racial tensions around the nation, stories about emboldened racists doing their thang have become par for the course.
We have a lot of work to do as a society to ensure that these problems are addressed if we wish to create a more equitable home for us all—and that was the case well before the Trump administration—but sometimes good humor goes a long way to easing the anxiety instilled by various news reports and embittering anecdotes from our own friends.
Twitter user @jeylzzle was in a coffee shop talking in Spanish with an elderly Mexican woman when they were accosted by another patron in a wheelchair who demanded the two of them “speak English.”
The older Mexican turned to her and said: “You have legs why don’t you walk?”
me and this lil ol mexican lady were talking in spanish and this old white bitch in a wheelchair said “we’re in america why dont you speak english” and the lil mexican lady told her “you have legs why dont you walk”
I nearly died. I gave her free coffee
— 🦠 (@jeyIzzle) December 26, 2018
We think she definitely needed some aloe for that majestic burn. Others certainly agreed.
The coffee beans weren't the only things that got roasted…😁
— The Dark Nutt (@DarkeStarre) December 28, 2018
THE MEMES ARE SPLENDID, BY THE WAY.
Abuela wasnt havin it 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/n2ufkRes2I
— Nigel 🔊Beyond Wonderland 🔜 New York🗽🔜EDCLV🦉 (@ThorniestBerry) December 28, 2018
Lil Mexican lady was BORN ready! 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Nmowyi4NV6
— 🍟The Legend (@mattersofdedrea) December 27, 2018
This is the most accurate take on this, by the way.
AND SO DO WE, BY THE WAY:
I love Mexican viejitas
— magicallybabelicious (@cinnamonNsugary) December 28, 2018
This wheelchair-bound Twitter user also offered some valuable insight into the situation:
I'm a wheelchair user and normally I’d take issue with dragging on someone for their disability, but this person brought it on themselves. Well done you.
— gbastian (@gbastian) January 1, 2019
Don’t come for Abuelita, okay? She’ll knock you into next week. If only the upcoming Academy Awards gave out statuettes commemorating savagery! As a Spanish speaker who has run into this sort of situation more than once, I salute her.