During a routine shopping trip at a store in Abington, Pennsylvania, Johanny Santana was verbally attacked by a racist white woman for speaking Spanish. The Puerto Rican woman was told that she should “be deported” and go back to her “own country.”
Santana recorded the encounter and posted the video to Facebook – where it has amassed over 300,000 views. The woman who went on the racist rant has not yet been identified. She verbally attacked Santana after a young boy who was speaking Spanish with his grandfather asked for help, NBC Philadelphia reports.
According to Santana, the boy came back and asked another question to the cashier to which Santana also responded. That’s when the woman, who was next to her on the checkout line went on her racist tirade.
Once Santana started filming, while speaking to the boy in Spanish, the white woman in the background can be heard saying “any century now.” Santana then asked the woman if she had a problem with them speaking Spanish and the woman responded, “Can you stop talking to me? You’re a p*ta.”
The woman doesn’t stop there. She goes on to tell Santana, “You shouldn’t be in this country. I hope Trump deports you.” The woman then flashed a dollar bill at Sanatana and said the money in her hands is legal and not “drug money.”
“I was born here, you don’t belong here, go back to your own country,” the woman adds. “You don’t belong here, you came here illegally. You should be deported.”
However, the woman may have forgotten that people from Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens with the same rights to travel around the country as any person born in Pennsylvania or anywhere else in the states.
Abington’s population – where the altercation took place – is 55,310 as of the 2010 census with the White population making up nearly 80 percent in comparison to the Latinx population, which makes up a little more than three percent. According to the Pew Research Center, Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Latinx group in the U.S. with a population of 5.4 million throughout the U.S. in 2015.
The racist interaction occurred within days of two elderly women telling the Puerto Rican manager of a Burger King in Florida to “go back to Mexico.”
Unfortunately, these incidents come as no surprise. Especially when Trump recently took to social media to make racist remarks toward four congresswomen of color, telling them to go back to the “crime-infested places from which they came.”
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
In the video, Santana also retaliates with her own insults and can be heard saying “what did she just say to me?” multiple times, clearly in dismay by the woman’s vitriol.
“I regret it because I didn’t want to tell her that,” Santana told NBC. “I felt powerless because I didn’t speak English well enough to be able to properly respond to her.”