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'You Will Be Wiped Out,' Says White Woman to Latina in Phoenix: Video

"I prefer the whole freakin' nation to be white," the woman says.

Screenshot of video; photo of Lennys Bermudez (FACEBOOK)

Lennys Bermudez was at a restaurant in north Phoenix when a white customer assailed her with racist comments, reflective of today's "political climate," Bermudez said.


The Latina, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, asked the woman if the seat next to her was free. Her response, "Do I have a choice?" prompted Bermudez to take out her cellphone and record their exchange.

She posted the video on Facebook, which has been viewed more than 23,000 times. The video starts with Bermudez sitting down at a table next to the woman, who hasn't been identified.

"I have never been told that somebody prefers whites," she says.

"I prefer the whole freakin' nation to be white. How about that?" the woman responds.

"That's lovely lady," Bermudez says.

She added, "You know that's never gonna happen, right?"

"Oh, it's gonna happen. You will be wiped out. You can trust me," the woman responds.

Well, according to the Pew Research Center, the "post-Millennial" generation, which are those born after 1996, "is already the most racially and ethnically diverse generation, as a bare majority of 6-to 21-year-olds (52%) are non-Hispanic whites."

As Bermudez continues to film the exchange, the woman gets up from her seat and begins to move to the next table.

Bermudez asks her, "So you prefer white people over me?"

"Definitely," the woman responds.

Bermudez says to the camera: "So this lady doesn't want me to sit next to her because I'm not white."

(View the video)

Along with the video posted on Tuesday, Bermudez wrote:

"I hate to say the political climate is to blame for someone's outrageous behavior, but I was visibly shaken today with this exchange."

Bermudez said the woman was asked to leave the restaurant.

"The manager of the store that kicked her out also walked me to my car for safety," she wrote.

According to local news channel CBS 5, the restaurant was the Wildflower Bread Company.

Founder, Louis Basile, said he was "saddened and shocked" by the video and that "discrimination and racism have no place in his restaurants."

"We really embrace the diversity of not only our workforce but of course our customers," Basile said. "If a guest is uncomfortable in one of our restaurants, we'd like them to come to the manager."

The population of Phoenix is 72.6 percent white and 41.8 percent Latino. The city is located in Maricopa County, which is traditionally Republican. However, in this month's Arizona Senate race, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won the county, and the election. Sinema is the first woman ever to represent Arizona in the Senate.

In Bermudez's message on Facebook, she wrote that she's proud of her heritage.

"I know that the scars of racism run deep in this great country I love," she wrote. "Being Puerto Rican, I am a proud American ... and equally proud Puerto Rican. This lady was lucky my PR-ness didn't come out!

"I wish for a world for my children and my children's children to never worry about this stuff ... but then again, we are who we are."

Reader Question: Do you think documenting racist behavior on video is effective in bringing race-related issues to the forefront?

The Conversation (2)
Diane Williams24 Nov, 2018

I hope DiversityInc will always follow these newsworthy assaults on the precious diversity of our country. I have been following DiversityInc since it’s beginning. My grandparents emigrated from Italy in 1911. We even found our Italian cousins and learned Italian so we can communicate with them on social media!

White Men Hurled Racial Slurs and a Shopping Cart at a Black Woman

The suspects were arrested Thursday night and charged with a hate crime for the #ShoppingWhileBlack incident at Walmart.

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At a Walmart in West Monroe, La., two white men, Dylan Reynolds, 22, and Michael Walters, 24, followed a Black female shopper to her car.

When she was approached, she quickly threw her groceries in her car, as the men shouted racial slurs, including the n-word. As she drove away, they ran after her, hurling more slurs and even a shopping cart at her car.

Walmart surveillance cameras caught the two men on tape in the store, and after a police call out for information about the suspects, social media quickly identified the men, including the getaway car, a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was seen on Reynolds' Facebook page.

On Thursday night, the two men were apprehended after a two-week manhunt for them, and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond is set at $20,000 for each man. The hate crime charge, if deemed a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Because she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot, one of the men was able to strike her car with the shopping cart, causing over $1,000 in damages.

Walmart has yet to comment on the safety issue at their store.

Crimes that fall under Louisiana's hate crime law include: battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property.

The account of the incident by police was on the arrest warrant:
"On 11/29/2018 the West Monroe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart (1025 Glenwood Drive West Monroe, LA) in reference to a disturbance/property damage call for service. Upon arrival, it was learned a black female victim was terrorized while exiting the store in the parking lot area of the business for no apparent reason. While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called a "n- - - - -". The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart. The male violently crashed the shopping cart into the rear end area of the victim's vehicle as she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot near the front entrance area of the business. That aggravated damage to the victim's vehicle not only caused her over one thousand dollars in damages to her vehicle but put her safety at risk while driving away from the two aggressors as well. After the damages were performed, both males got into a dark gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and fled the area at a high rate of speed."

White Supremacists Attack Black DJ Over Music, FBI Investigates

They could be facing hate-crime charges.

Rec Room Bar and Grill, Lynnwood, Wash.

The FBI is helping local authorities investigate an attack on a Black DJ by several white supremacists at a tavern in Washington State over the weekend.

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Jasmine Headley, age 23, was carrying her child into a city agency building in Brooklyn where SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is located, and sat on the floor to wait as there were no more chairs. A bystander, Nyashia Ferguson, who goes by the name Monae Sinclair on Facebook, reported she saw a security guard confront Headley and the two got into an argument. Security called the police, and when they arrived, Headley tried to explain, but they cut her off. That's when things got ugly.

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Using Undocumented Immigrants for ​Labor is the Norm at Trump's Golf Club

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," said a woman working at Trump National Golf Club.

As President Trump sends troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to "defend" (white) America against the caravans of Brown people and bar some from asylum in the U.S., the history of hiring undocumented workers at his properties in New Jersey and Florida continues to come to light.

Trump has a problem with undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, but not when they are hired to wash his clothes or make his bed.

Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, reportedly crossed the border in 1999 and has worked at the at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J, since 2013, The New York Times reported Thursday.

According to a spokesperson for his business organization, she would be one of tens of thousands of people to be employed by Trump, and would be terminated if she was undocumented. Sandra Diaz, 46, from Costa Rica was another.

Both Morales and Diaz, during their stints, washed the Trump family's clothes in a special detergent, made beds and dusted.

"There are many people without papers," said Ms. Diaz, who said she witnessed several people being hired whom she knew to be undocumented.

Morales was initially pleased with her job because she was paid and tipped well, often times by Trump. But her sentiments changed when he ran for president.

"I'm tired of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person," she said in Spanish during a brief interview. "We're just immigrants who don't have papers."

During his campaign in 2016, when he referred to Mexicans as rapists and criminals, he promised to mandate E-Verify, a federal tool to verify employment eligibility, and requested $23 million in his 2019 budget proposal to expand the program for nationwide use. He also bragged when a new Trump hotel opened in Washington, "We didn't have one illegal immigrant on the job."

"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill."

Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in 2017 restricting visas, but his Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for hundreds of immigrant workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."

Morales reports being driven to work by staff to hide the fact that she couldn't legally drive, and that after she presented fake papers for work, she was given another set of fake papers by the Trump Organization to keep her employed there.

Morales had a front row seat on the job to Trump meetings as she was cleaning his villa, even when potential cabinet members were interviewed and when he met with the White House chief of staff.

But that didn't come without experiencing verbal abuse from Trump's staff.

Her attorney Anibal Romero said in a statement Thursday that his clients were called racial epithets and threatened with deportation by a supervisor that ironically, "had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents."

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she told the NY Times. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."

Reader Question: Do we need any more proof that he's a liar about everything?

Viral Video Sparks Debate on Racial Disparities in How Police Use Force

A video of a white man yelling at a white cop, without physical consequences, has more than 1 million views.

Botham Jean, Jemel Roberson and Emantic Bradford Jr. were all minding their own business, not mouthing off, and they were shot dead by police. Sandra Bland questioned an officer and wound up dead in a jail cell.

So when a video of an unidentified white man spewing expletives at an officer, throwing his license at the officer, and threatening to kill the officer, without any physical consequences, started circulating on Twitter, it went viral with more than 1 million views this week.

People of color on Twitter commented that had it been them in the video, they would've had bullets in the chest by the time the truck passed:

There are studies that well document how Blacks have been treated differently by police. In the case traffic stops, whites were 57 percent more likely to be spoken to with respectful language, whereas Black drivers were 61 percent more likely to experience an exchange that was the least respectful. Officers language with the least respect included calling people, "dude, bro, boss, man, brotha, sista or chief".

FBI data found that U.S. police kill Black people at disproportionate rates: Black people accounted for 31 percent of police killing victims in 2012, even though they made up just 13 percent of the U.S. population. And 62.7 percent of unarmed people killed by police are Black.

Yet racists, and some conservatives believe the treatment is deserved because Blacks did something wrong.

For example, in Orlando's International Airport in August, a white male Trump supporter tackled to the ground by police for being a disruptive passenger knew his privilege, when he said, "You're being rough with me. You're f***ing treating me like a Black person."

Reader Question: How does the video of the white man berating the white officer make you feel?

'Target Tammy' Tells Black Women 'You Are Perfect for the Court System': Video

"You guys should all go to court because you're trained liars," a woman said to three friends shopping for hats.

Three Black women were shopping at a Target store in Nashville, Tenn., when an angry woman verbally harassed them, saying the women "Don't belong here" and that they are "perfect for the court system."

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Oklahoma State Senator Says Slavery Was Challenged, So Legal Abortion Should Be, Too

Joseph Silk wants a bill that criminalizes abortion to challenge the Supreme Court decision because the Court once ruled "that slaves were private property and they were wrong."

State Sen. Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow) is pushing his "Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act," which calls on the state to ignore federal law on abortion. And he's using the argument that states can ignore the Supreme Court because "they were wrong about slavery."

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Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting

A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.

Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a murder charge in the killing of Botham Jean.

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