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She Went On A Racist Rant At JCPenney, And Now She’s Banned For Life

CREDIT: RENEE BUCKNER / FACEBOOK 

A video posted to Facebook earlier this week showed an unidentified woman verbally assaulting two Latina women who were shopping at JCPenney. The incident occurred when one of the Latina women, who was checking out, had her friend bring her a few more items to purchase. This apparent “cut” in line didn’t sit well with the older woman, and she quickly began hurling bigoted and hateful language at the two women, who remained calm through out the ordeal. Renee Buckner, a fellow shopper, pulled out her phone and filmed the incident as it unfolded.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything the angry woman managed to say in just under a minute and a half.

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CREDIT: RENEE BUCKNER / FACEBOOK 

“Go back to wherever the f–k you come from, lady,” the older woman in the video fired off. Then the cashier, who’s definitely not paid enough for this kind of situation, warned the older woman about her language. The older woman directed her rant to the cashier, saying, “Hey, tell them to go back where they belong. If they come here to live, then act like everybody else. Get in the back of the line like everybody else does, and be somebody. And that’s the way I look at it.”

Of course it wouldn’t be a racist outburst without a comment about welfare.

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CREDIT: RENEE BUCKNER / FACEBOOK

“You’re nobodies,” the unidentified woman rants. “Just because you come from another country, that don’t make you nobody. You’re nobody, as far as I’m concerned. Probably on welfare. The taxpayers probably paid for all that stuff.” Of course the older woman had no proof to back up her allegations – just her own bias and prejudice.

In the wake of the video being released via social media, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer released a tweet condemning the behavior of the angry woman.

Fischer reiterated his sentiments in a series of tweets, reminding people the woman’s racist language did not speak for Louisville.

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Fischer went a step further to remind people our differences are what make this country great.

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How’s that for solidarity?

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth released a similar statement, saying he was repulsed by the angry woman’s hate speech.

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Yarmuth’s full statement to Twitter reads as follows:

“I am saddened & disturbed by the racist & hateful outburst caught on camera at Jefferson Mall. Louisville is a compassionate and caring city and the vitriol displayed by the individual in that video is in no way representative of who we are as Louisvillians or of the values we hold. No matter the circumstances, this kind of repugnant and repulsive hate speech should have no place in our society.”

Jefferson Mall, where the incident occurred, has even vowed to ban the belligerent woman for life.

We are aware of the video posted online today from one of the department stores. Jefferson Mall strives to create a…

Posted by Jefferson Mall on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

JCPenney was initially silent on the issue, but pressure mounted on social media…

… until JCPenney released an apology to the two women that were verbally assaulted.

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CREDIT: JCP / FACEBOOK

In a statement, the company reassured customers that this kind of behavior was not welcome in their stores:

“We are deeply disturbed by the incident that took place at our Jefferson Mall store. … We regret that innocent bystanders — both other customers and a JCPenney associate — were subjected to such discriminatory remarks.

JCPenney has also asked customers to help them identify the women who were berated so they can reimburse them for the purchase they made. If you happen to know the women from the video, you can reach JCPenney at their official Facebook page here.


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Woman Captured On Video Using Racial Slur Loses Job As Hollywood Costumer But Apologizes Because She Was Drunk

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Woman Captured On Video Using Racial Slur Loses Job As Hollywood Costumer But Apologizes Because She Was Drunk

*Warning: The video includes very graphic and offensive language.*

Heather Lynn Patton was a costume designer in Hollywood before she was caught on camera screaming racial slurs at a CVS in Eagle Rock. The video starts with the woman jumping up and down scream that she “hates n—ers.”

Heather Lynn Patton was caught on camera claiming she wants to kill black people.

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The video is a very disturbing moment in the growing racial tensions in the U.S. Videos like this have become an ever-increasing presence in social media. We’ve seen people verbally attacking Black people for existing and brown people being harassed about their immigration status. Heather Lynn Patton is just the latest example of this racial tension in the country.

Patton was a costume designer in Hollywood but lost that job after the video was released.

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Patton is reported to have worked on two seasons the “Medium” starring Patricia Arquette. Several celebrities who have worked on projects with the racist woman have denounced her and her actions.

Patton took to Instagram to “apologize” by blaming it on her being intoxicated.

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While Patton tried to blame her racist outburst on being intoxicated, people are not letting her get away with it. Twitter users have spent the last couple of days letting their opinions be known about how being drunk is not an acceptable excuse.

Some people were quick to point out that she blamed her outburst on being drunk, yet got into her car to drive home.

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She basically admitted to drinking and driving after telling a store full of people that she would kill Black people if the law allowed. People are demanding justice after her outburst was spread all over social media.

Despite her apology, LAPD is investigating the threatening nature of her angry rant.

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According to The Washington Post, the LAPD is investigating the woman’s outburst as a hate incident. KTLA has reported that some of her neighbors have filed restraining orders against her because of her erratic and racist behavior.

You can watch Patton’s outburst below.

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Town Outraged After Gas Station Worker Threatens to Call ICE on Spanish-Speaking Latinas

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Town Outraged After Gas Station Worker Threatens to Call ICE on Spanish-Speaking Latinas

After a viral video surfaced of a Mobile gas station employee threatening that “ICE will come” for the Mexican women simply trying to buy chips, community protests have led to the suspension of the employee. That’s not enough for the community members of Naperville, Illinois, who are continuing to protest outside the gas station until the racista is fired.

Speaking Spanish is not a crime in this country, but racists are feeling empowered more and more often to harass brown people for speaking Spanish.

Carolina Buitron and her visiting family from Mexico just wanted to buy some chips.

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Buitron told NBC Chicago that they were speaking Spanish when the cashier, self-identified as Joseph Phillip Daniel on his social accounts, assumed they were “illegals” and asked them to leave.

Buitron said that once “he started asking about my cousins, if they were illegal, family or friends, are they adopted,” she took out her cell phone and started recording to Facebook Live.

“I am an American,” Daniel says, pointing to himself.

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He asks the woman in the video, “Are you a citizen?” to which she responds, “Yes. What is your problem?” She repeatedly asks him, “What is your problem?” but he responds, “Don’t you know the rules? They need to go back to their country. It’s illegal. You’ll be sorry.

The group threatens to call the police on him, and he then starts to say “I hate that…” when the woman emotionally responds, “I hate you.”

People in line were either silent or joined in Daniel’s hate speech.

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One viewer of the Facebook Live stream noticed that the “white lady didn’t care bcuz she felt wht he felt. b****.” A second video published by another member of the group showed both Daniel and another customer yelling, “You have no rights,” to the women.

“ICE will come. Bye. God bless you. You’re in the wrong country,” he says on their way out.

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One woman chuckles and responds, “God bless you, too. God bless you, too.” Another mutters, “stupid,” under her breath as they exit the scene as America’s newest victims of recorded blatant ethnic and racial discrimination.

The video quickly went viral with over 400k views in a single day.

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Naperville resident, Juan Garcia, was “so pissed” after watching the video and rallied his community to protest the store that employs the racist. While Mobile’s name is front and center, it’s Bucky’s Convenience Stores that operates the snack shop.

In a statement, Bucky’s commented that Daniel’s language is “not reflective of the core values of Bucky’s Convenience Stores. We are aware of the situation and are managing this personnel issue. We take this matter seriously and strive to ensure that all customers are treated with respect.”

The day after the video went viral, Daniel was suspended pending “investigation.”

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Even while justice has not yet been fully served, the fact that Daniel was suspended has @robluft correctly tweeting that there are “higher standards for a gas station attendant than the President.”

Still, Juan Garcia isn’t going to stop organizing protests until Daniel is fired.

The Naperville community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the protests.

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@PhoebeP46 responded to the video saying, “As someone who used to live in Naperville, I’m not even surprised. It was honestly just a matter of time until they went viral for someone exposing them.”

While organizer Juan Garcia is being lauded for doing “the Lord’s work,” Daniel turns out to be just a straight up piece of work.

Plot twist: Daniel calls himself a Minister and thinks Nancy Pelosi is a Satanist.

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His last post was on July 17, the day he was suspended from his work as a cashier. In the post, Daniel gives us an intense mixture of right-wing politics and a God that sends curses and combats demons. According to Daniel, those of us who call out racists are riddled with demons.

Daniel titled the post, “The Trump curse /Begins taking its effect on the political career of the Satanist, Nancy Pelosi.” He goes on to say, “The speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi defames our President Trump, bringing curses upon herself as the demons inside her lead her to falsely call him a racist on the House floor….”

The Mayor of Naperville has condemned the speech, and residents are apologizing to the women on behalf of all of Illinois.

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Mayor Steve Chirico posted to Facebook saying that “hate has no home here in Naperville.”

Chirico is clear as he continues, “Quite frankly, this type of behavior has no place in society at large. Our city prides itself on being open and inclusive to all. Civility towards each other is an important component of being a global citizen, and I urge everyone in our community to showcase the kindness, compassion, and good decorum that our residents are known for and that our world needs more of.”

Meanwhile, a smattering of racists have defended Daniel, but allies are clapping back louder.

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One commenter thought the video only showed Daniel telling the women “that illegal people are here illegally” and Latinos are just being dramatic. This is a long-used method to gaslight and oppress minorities.

Politico maintains a record of hate speech and found that the phrase “go back to where you came from” is a very common dog whistle. Telling women that they’ll “be sorry” and “ICE will come” for speaking Spanish is racist. Punto.

See for yourself what pendejada looks like:

You can help offer justice to these women by making sure Mobile and Bucky’s know that a suspension isn’t a satisfactory response to discriminating against customers based off their language. This will not blow over until justice is served. #MakeRacistsAfraidAgain