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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.

Twitter / @RoseofArlVA

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.

Twitter / @Blacklit101

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.

Twitter / @JSEarly1

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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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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