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White Woman Called Black Women The N-Word At A Restaurant And Says “I Would Say It Again”

Since Donald Trump has been in office as president, hate crimes in the United States have skyrocketed. Every day a new video goes viral showcasing how racists degrade and insult innocent Black people and people of color. Recently, a new video was uploaded that has already gotten thousands of views and comments. It shows a Raleigh woman dropping the N-word at two Black women in a North Carolina restaurant.

This woman used the N-word repeatedly and felt so justified in her hate speech that she went on to her local news to defend her use of diction.

 

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On July 23rd, Shaunda Stewart and Lekesha Shaw were dining at a local restaurant in their area. They were then approached by Nancy Goodman, another patron. Goodman told the women that they were the rudest people she’s ever met because of their alleged loud volume.

When Stewart began filming the incident, Goodman did the same and approached the two at their table. She then told them that they were too loud. When Shaw stated that her money was good as Goodman’s, meaning that they had every right to be there, Goodman said to the pair, “You’re so stupid, [N-word].”

The story doesn’t end there. After the video went viral, Goodman went on her local news to defend her use of the word.

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The woman appeared on WRAL News to tell her side of the story. According to Goodman, she suffers from terrible anxiety and was pushed to use the N-word with the women. What’s more, she said she would use the word again given the situation.

“I’m not going to say I’m sorry to them because they kept pushing at it,” the woman told WRAL News. “I used that word because they forced me into it.”

When asked if she could see that the use of the N-word is incredibly offensive, Goodman responded, “Yes, that’s why I said it. I would say it again to them.”

Shaw and Stewart were also interviewed by WRAL News and were in awe of Goodman’s audacity.

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“I don’t care how you feel like we should have been acting,” Shaw told WRAL News. “If I was standing on the table with three heads and a purple jumpsuit, nothing justified you to come to my table and call me a stupid (N-word).”

Goodman said that the only thing she would have done differently was to ask restaurant management to tell the women to quiet themselves. However, when asked if she was sorry for using the N-word, she resolutely said she wasn’t.

Twitter, of course, had a lot to say about Goodman and her racial slur.

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In the video, Goodman mentions that she has Black friends whom she loves. We aren’t sure why she felt the need to add that but after she dropped the N-word, Shaw and Stewart told the woman to use that slur around these Black friends. This Twitter user questioned the existence of the friends and was curious to see what they would say about Goodman’s use of such a gross slur.

This tweet pointed out Trump’s influence.

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This Twitter user suggested that Goodman would feel at home in a Trump rally. Not only did the woman prove to be racist, she also showed herself to be an instigator since she was the one who started the whole interaction. When will white people learn to just leave innocent Black people and people of color alone? It would prevent so much hostility and violence.

Some Twitter users noticed that it’s obvious that Goodman would be a racist because of her age and location.

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Raleigh is located in the Deep South and desegregation only started 62 years ago. With these facts in mind, it suggests that Goodman was raised in a racist community. Still, that is no reason for her to not better herself, examine her prejudices and apologize for her use of the racial slur.

Maybe Goodman just doesn’t belong in society.

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As this tweet points out, if being around loud noises forces you to use racist language, maybe you shouldn’t be out in public. Honestly, Goodman’s reasoning is ridiculous and abandons any responsibility she should take for her own actions.

In the end, it’s clear that this woman does not deserve a pass because of her “anxiety.” When racists expose themselves, it’s our job to hold them accountable so they know that they no longer have no place in our community or our country.

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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