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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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Video Of A Racist White Woman Violently Attacking A Black Hotel Worker Has Gone Viral And It’s Shocking

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Video Of A Racist White Woman Violently Attacking A Black Hotel Worker Has Gone Viral And It’s Shocking

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A worker at City Club Hotel in New York City, says a customer went on a racist tirade, eventually physically assaulting her. Linda Shell, who was at the front desk, asked to see Michell Rajacic’s ID after she began angrily demanding a room key according to a lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court. 

Video footage seemed to confirm Shell’s allegations. The video shows Rajacic calling Shell, “n—-r,” “dirty f–king raunchy skank,” “dirty f–king hood rat,” “f–king ghetto ass,” among other horrible names. Rajacic spat on, then assaulted Shell, according to the lawsuit. 

Rajacic hit Shell in the face with a cell phone, the lawsuit alleges.

“I have my f—–g ID you f—–g piece of sh-t,” Rajacic yells slamming what looks like a credit card on the desk. 

When Shell tells her a visa card is not a valid form of ID and refuses to give her a key until she shows her one, Rajacic gets more belligerent. 

“I know, it’s just my f—–g name and it’s on the f—–g room,” Rajacic shouts in the video. “I know your f—–g ghetto ass may not know. I’m paying you for your f—–g job … actually my boyfriend’s f–king family pays you.”

After Rajacic called Shell a ton of racial slurs and claimed her boyfriend paid Shell’s salary, Rajacic began to get physical.

“After, she kept spitting. I was getting more upset because that is the lowest thing you can do to someone. I said, ‘OK, ma’am, it’s time for you to go,’” Shell told the New York Post.

Shell began to escort the disgruntled customer towards the front desk, that’s when things further escalated. 

“I grabbed her arm and started leading her to the front desk. She then broke her cellphone across my face,” Shell said.

Shell is a transplant from Savannah, Georgia. The 36-year-old was shocked that something like this would happen up North, being from the Deep South she had hoped she was leaving all of that behind. 

“When it comes to anything racial, you have a better chance of it happening down south than up north. I never in my life thought I would have to experience that up here. That’s why I moved here,” Shell said.

Shell is suing Rajacic for unspecified damages. The case is sealed and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office would not comment. Fortunately, Shell has already one this battle in criminal court, which may help her case in civil court.

“Defendant spit on Plaintiff and then assaulted, battered, and attacked the Plaintiff, and used physical force without cause or justification and without Plaintiff’s consent,” the lawsuit claims.

City Club Hotel appears to be siding with Rajacic for some reason.

“While Ms. Shell demonstrated noble restraint in the face of such bigotry, what she was forced to endure should not, and will not, be tolerated,” Shell’s lawyer, John Tait told the New York Post. “We will fight to ensure that Ms. Rajacic is held to account for her actions.”

When the incident happened, police arrested Rajacic and she was eventually convicted of third-degree assault. However, when Rajacic got out of jail City Club Hotel gave her a free room. Shell was so horrified, she quit her job. 

“I told them I could no longer work there, because my safety is no longer important to them,” Shell said.

Joshua Barbee, the City Club Hotel general manager, told the New York Post he had no idea about the incident. 

“This is the first we are learning of this litigation,” Barbee told the New York Post. “The claims being made regarding the hotel are completely incorrect. With that said, since this is pending litigation, we will have no further comment.”

Hate crimes continue to soar in the era of Trump.

The FBI reported that violent hate crimes have begun to soar, accounting for 61 percent of all hate crimes, during the Trump era. In 2018, hate crimes increased specifically for Latinx and LGBT members, however, black people are the most frequently attacked group. 

“We’re seeing a leaner and meaner type of hate crime going on,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, told NPR. “Homicides were up and crimes against persons were up and that’s an important thing to look at.”

Shell appears to be another victim of emboldened racism in the Trump administration’s era of “us against them,” rhetoric. The only silver lining to the continued trauma of people of color is the ubiquitousness of cameras that often vindicate the typically disbelieved — with various results in regard to real justice. 

Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute said of the upward trend in hate crimes, “The Trump administration has advanced policies, and the president has trafficked in rhetoric, targeting the same communities that have also experienced a surge of hate violence.”

Students Of Syracuse University Are Left Angered As Their Campus Is Rocked By Anonymous Acts Of Racism

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Students Of Syracuse University Are Left Angered As Their Campus Is Rocked By Anonymous Acts Of Racism

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It’s no secret that we’re living in a time that’s marked by the fear of domestic terrorism. Not only did hate crimes reach a 16 year high in 2018 according to the FBI, but according to the Gun Violence Archive, as of November 17th, there have been 369 mass shootings in the U.S. These two factors combined make the threat of mass violence a daily reality in the U.S. And that threat is the most acute for young adults going to school in the U.S.

And it’s no wonder that students on both college campuses and in high schools live in fear of an act of domestic terror being perpetrated against them. In a generation where 96% of American schools practice “active shooter” lockdown drills, young generations have been conditioned into being constantly on-guard for possible violence. And with the uptick in hate crimes, it’s understandable that students of color feel that they might be the target of a random act of domestic terrorism. Recently, the fear of mass violence has permeated the campus of Syracuse University.

Syracuse University has been making national headlines after a series of anonymous racist incidents rocked the central New York campus.

The panic at Syracuse began to build in early November, when, according to Vice, students woke up to “the n-word scrawled across the walls of both bathrooms on two floors of the residence hall”. Additionally, students of color had their name tags ripped away from their dorm room doors and torn apart. 

Things escalated further when a white supremacist manifesto infamous for its part in the Christchurch mosque shootings was uploaded to Syracuse’s page on the popular social media platform, GreekRank. And the fear reached a fever pitch when the Christchurch mosque shootings manifesto was allegedly anonymously air-dropped to a number of phones in the University library (the latter which has since been branded a “hoax” by the University chancellor). 

According to accounts, students are afraid to leave their dorms, go to class, and for students of color, draw attention to themselves in any way. Many are fleeing the campus altogether, opting to go home early as the semester winds to a close. Their professors, for the most part, have been understanding of their students’ fear. Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Dr. Rebecca Moore Howard took to Twitter to address her students. “I have just canceled my classes tomorrow,” she said. “Too many students  messaging me that they’re scared to go to class….No class I teach is so important that my students—esp black, brown—should risk their safety”.

Students and faculty are angry at the administration for what they believe is a lackluster response to what they perceive as direct threats to minorities and marginalized groups on campus. 

Quickly, a movement that called itself #NotAgainSU formed, organizing a sit-in to protest what they believed was a lackluster response to the blatant racism happening on the university’s campus. The organization drew up a list of demands that included️ the expulsion of anyone involved in racist incidents and the hiring of more counselors the identify with marginalized groups.

But students and faculty are still disappointed at the action (or lack thereof) that the administration has taken. “There is a tension where it seems the administration is fearful of being sued by frats or affecting the University’s reputation,” said assistant political science professor Dr. Jenn M. Jackson to New York Magazine. “Meanwhile Black, Latinx, Asian, Jewish, and international/immigrant students are afraid to leave their rooms.” 

As inspiring as the student activism is, it didn’t stop the racially-motivated petty crimes from continuing to happen across campus. According the University’s Department of Public Safety, there were already 14 hate crimes reported during the length of the sit-in, one of them being a large swastika drawn in the snow. Another was an incident of derogatory graffiti aimed at Asians.

Although some progress has been made with Chancellor Kent Syverud recently admitting that there “are things that have not been handled well enough during this series of recent events,” many believe their words aren’t enough.

Students claim they won’t be happy until radical action is taken by the school’s administration.

Students of color are visibly fed up with living in fear.

Students are calling for the University’s chancellor to agree to their demands or resign.

Joe Biden, who went to Syracuse as an undergrad student, even chimed in on the conversation.

This observer makes it pretty clear what she thinks of people who won’t take a stand against hate:

https://twitter.com/MsEntropy/status/1197460596226174978?s=20 It’s moments like these that remind us that there is still so much work to do in the fight for racial, cultural, and religious equality.