By Nicole Acevedo
A video showing a white woman swearing the general manager of a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia because she spoke Spanish became viral during the weekend.
"English is our mother tongue, so you have to speak English," said the woman, identified in the video as Jill, to Sergio Budar, the manager. "Get the f — out of my country."
One of the two videos capturing the incident shows how customers at Tampico's Mexican restaurant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, were surprised by the woman's comments.
"I am a citizen of this country, and I did not tell him that, but how am I going to go if it is also my country?" Budar, who is from Mexico and has been living in the United States for two decades, told Univision on Monday in Spanish. The Latino Rebels website first recounted the story Sunday.
While Jill continues to shout on Budar, she has "no problem with her appearance," but the man who dines with her tries to stop her from screaming because "these are good people." . "
"If you do not stop being racist, we will leave," said his mate. "It's racist, and this man takes care of me," he added, referring to Budar, "and we'll leave here because you do not talk to him like that."
Jill replied, "I'm not racist."
The videos were posted on Facebook on Saturday. Since then, the Post has collected more than 841,000 views.
"My daughter caught this situation while working. My poor baby was scared but can not believe it's still happening, "wrote Irma Dleon, the woman who posted the video on Facebook. "We should be united as a country, but there is a lot of hatred. We are all human and try to help each other. I will pray that this woman will be a better person, but you can only educate the ignorant. "
Budar told Jill and the man who accompanied him that he would pay for their meal when they left the restaurant, which they did.
"I've been raped by illegal aliens," Jill told Budar, throwing something at him. "F-ing rapist."
Similar incidents have become viral in recent years.
Last year, a white lawyer threatened to call immigration authorities on catering workers in New York so that they speak Spanish. In a Colorado store, a young woman defended two Spanish-speaking friends harassed by an older woman. In Montana, a border police officer arrested two women who were chatting in Spanish while doing grocery shopping.
According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, the largest cities in America have recorded a 176% increase in the number of hate crimes against Latinos two weeks ago after the elections.
In 2017, according to FBI figures, anti-Hispanic and Latino crimes would have increased by more than 24%.
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