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'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."


Lena Jones, one of the women involved in the incident, said in a Facebook post that the group was talking about the 1992 film, "Boomerang" when the woman came up to them:

"We just had a BBQ Becky experience! This was just the last 3 minutes of it, but this woman [literally] approached us, told us our brief reference to Eartha Kitt in 'Boomerang' was an inappropriate conversation and asked us to leave."

The cellphone video has since been deleted from Facebook, but has been shared on YouTube and Twitter and is going viral.

Breaking: 'Target Tammy': Customer scolds shoppers for 'talking about sex in public' youtu.be

"You were talking about sex in public," the white woman, who has not yet been identified, said.

The women asked her to repeat what they said that was so offensive.

She again said, "You were talking about sex in public."

The women responded they were not talking about sex, rather talking about the hat Eartha Kitt wore in the film.

"I want us to stop engaging with this woman," one of the friends says.

But the woman, wearing a NASA sweat shirt, continued her rant calling one of the women "abusive," and said, "You make up lies on the spot."

"I understand that you're ignorant," one of the friends responded.

But the woman continued her rant.

"I didn't realize talking about sex in public was normal," she said.

A Target associate eventually approached the women to ask if everything was okay.

"I know you're trained liars.... you're perfect for the court system," the white woman says of the friends. "You guys should all go to court because you're trained liars."

The encounter was unprovoked.

"My cousin and I were visiting my best friend from out of state and we stopped by Target to buy a phone charger," one of the women, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Yahoo Lifestyle.

"I told my friend to try on a hat that looked like something Eartha Kitt's character would wear in the film and she said no because her character had sex with a younger man.

"I live in the South and have never experienced something like this. You never think it could happen to you. We're educated women — we are not aggressive people and we avoid conflict."

Commenters dubbed the woman "Target Tammy":

Reader Question: What would your reaction have been if someone approached you in such a manner while you were shopping?

The Conversation (7)
votetocorrect06 Dec, 2018

I am sick of racist trying to put Black in their place. The place for these racist are locked up in jail or in a mental institution!

TRACI06 Dec, 2018

Firstly, I'd give her a chance to back off by asking her does she REALLY want to do this; just in case she was going through a temporary "meltdown" that had nothing to do with me. If she then did not come to her senses, I would have commenced to quietly(a real effort for me) but stearnly warning her of her unwarranted actions towards me/us complete curse words for emphasis. The look in my eyes would inform her things may take an irrevocable turn really quick. WE MUST STAND UP against this crap!!

05 Dec, 2018

I don’t understand why Black People feel the need to Explain Themselves??? The white Person Obviously Knows She has the upper hand . They should have continued shopping and Totally ignored her . If she blocked the Exit , she would have gotten her A** Beat !

Terri28 Dec, 2018

Mannnnn!!

Weona Brown05 Dec, 2018

I understand having to deal with ignorance - however lumping all whites in with that woman is just as bad as blaming all blacks - people should be individuals and therefore NOT seen as a representative of a race because I promise you she is not my representative.

White Man Pulls Gun on Black Teens in Miami on MLK Day

"I did pull out my gun, but I never pointed it at them," Mark Allen Bartlett said. Video footage shows otherwise.

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Mark Allen Bartlett of Hollywood Beach, Fla., pulled a gun on several Black teens, repeatedly calling them the n-word, as they were taking part in a "Bikes Up Guns Down" event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Brickell.

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Update: Student Wearing MAGA Hat Standing Face-to-Face With Native American Veteran Releases Statement

"I was not intentionally making faces at the [protester]," said Nick Sandmann.

Screen shot of Instagram video by Kaya Taitano

UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at 7 a.m.

Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School Junior who stands in front of Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, in a viral video that has sparked outrage, made a statement through a lawyer and spokesman on Sunday night.

Sandmann said the students decided to raise their voices to drown out the comments against them by four Black protesters who identify themselves as Hebrew Israelites. A video has been released of the incident.

"A student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group," Sandmann said in his statement. "The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school," he said.

Phillips walked up to the students and said he started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

"There was that moment when I realized I've put myself between beast and prey,'' Phillips told the Detroit Free Press. "These young men were beastly and these old Black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.''

But said at one point, he claims the teenagers started saying "Go back to the reservation'' and broke into chants of "Build that wall.'' He also questioned why chaperones did not get involved.

"I was scared," Phillips told CNN. "I don't like the word 'hate.' I don't like even saying it, but it was hate unbridled. It was like a storm."

Sandmann claims he was "not intentionally making faces at the [protester]. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation."

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in Kentucky is currently investigating the incident.

ORIGINAL STORY Published Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

Students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, K.Y., were in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the anti-abortion March for Life rally. In a video, it appears that Nathan Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe and a veteran, was being mocked by the students at the Lincoln Memorial.

The incident occurred as the Indigenous Peoples March was ending. Videos showing their behavior went viral on social media on Saturday.

One of the students, standing less than a foot away, appears to be trying to intimidate Phillips by staring him down with a mocking smirk on his face. Phillips was in the midst of drumming and singing a song of unity:

Kaya Taitano, who shot the video, told CNN that MAGA hat-wearing-students and four Black teens, who'd been preaching about the Bible nearby, started yelling and calling each other names. That's why Phillips started drumming and singing a song to encourage unity trying to quell the argument.

President Trump, whom the students apparently idolize, posted a tweet last week to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who plans to run for president in the 2020 election.

Trump made fun of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre in response to a video Warren posted on Instagram.

Phillips, a Vietnam veteran who said he served between 1972 and 1976, is in tears as he explains in a video how the incident on Friday made him feel:

"I heard them saying, 'Build that wall, build that wall.' This in indigenous land. You know, we're not supposed to have walls here. We never did …"

He continued, "Before anybody else came here, we never had walls. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders. We took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong."

He said he wishes the young men who taunted him would use "that energy to make this country really great."

Robert "Bob" Rowe is the principal of Covington Catholic High School (email: browe@covcath.org).

An investigation is now taking place, and the MAGA teens could be expelled. The Diocese of Covington and the high school issued the following statement on Saturday:

"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding changes at the high school.

Many are saying on social media that the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students mimics how whites tried to intimidate Blacks during the civil rights movement:

R. Kelly Dropped From Sony's RCA Label: Report

"This is a huge victory for the survivors who came forward, both in 'Surviving R. Kelly' and before, and all young Black women, who are systematically undervalued in our society," said Arisha Hatch of Color of Change.


R. Kelly was removed from RCA Records' website on Friday, but no official statement has been made by the record label.

Sony and R. Kelly have agreed to part ways, according to a Billboard report. The "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary and subsequent backlash from activists, music fans, and fellow music artists seems to have taken its toll, after more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse.

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Update: White Man Who Assaulted 11-Year-Old Black Girl is Due in Court Next Month

David Steven Bell's attorney said he wasn't motivated by anything other than defending himself, but nothing spells racist like referring to a group of Black girls as "a pack of youth who trapped and surrounded" his client.

David Steven Bell, 51, is home with his family after punching an 11-year-old Black child in the face this past weekend in an Asheville mall. He was arrested, charged with three counts of assault and released in about a 24-hour period. His court date is Feb. 5.

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'All My Support Came From Black Women,' Says Actor Terry Crews

Crews said that, after revealing he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive, Black women stood by him.

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When actor Terry Crews revealed that he was the victim of sexual assault by a "high-level Hollywood executive," he said Black men shunned him, while Black women supported him.

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Racist Uber Driver Caught on Video

A Uber ride turned into racist ranting.

Photo Courtesy of Kiara White

Kiara White, a Davenport, Iowa, resident, recorded a racist tirade by her driver while using the Uber ride service.

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