This man first was making fun of my clients while we were sitting at McDonald’s, and now he’s purposefully throwing his trash on the floor and telling the Hispanic worker to go back to Mexico! I seriously couldn’t believe this. What is this world coming too
Posted by Ang Hernandez on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Your racism is showing, America.
The video above is short, but it says so much. An angry, white old man wearing a Trump shirt is yelling at a Latino worker at a McDonald’s. “Go back to Mexico!” the Trump supporter spews. And how does the employee respond? By doing his job.
Ang Hernandez, a 25-year-old from Emporia, Kansas, who works with developmentally disabled adults, uploaded the above clip to Facebook to bring attention to the encounter. According to Hernandez, the unidentified Trump supporter was purposefully throwing napkins on the floor.
“I wanted others to see that this is happening in our own town,” Hernandez told Mitú in a phone interview. Hernandez says that this is the first time she’s truly witnessed such a blatant display of racism in her town, which she claims is diverse because of Emporia State University, the local public college. The rising popularity of Donald Trump however, has changed that.
“I think the way Donald Trump is speaking about Mexicans has made it easier for people to believe that we are the problem,” added Hernandez, who’s Mexican-American. She’s not wrong. The GOP frontrunner’s rallies have turned violent here and there, and Trump supporters have invoked his name while assaulting non-white people.
But the short clip is more than just about highlighting an example of Trump-inspired racism. Hernandez said that she also wanted to highlight how the McDonald’s worker reacted to the incident.
“The worker didn’t respond and just smiled,” she noted. “At one point, he started dancing with his broom. I wanted to show how good of a person he was. It truly showed his character.”