In what appears to be yet another incident of hate crime in US, a Muslim woman has accused a blonde lady of harassing her and passing derogatory remarks.
“I wish they didn’t let you in the country”, the blonde lady allegedly shouted at the Muslim woman and added that Barack Obama was no longer in the Oval Office.
The incident occurred after the Muslim woman allowed her fellow shopper to cut ahead of her when they were both in line for the cash register at the store in Virginia.
In a video gone viral on Facebook, an unidentified woman appears to tell a Muslim shopper who allegedly let her go ahead in line, “I wish they didn’t let you in the country,” local WJLA TV, an affiliate of ABC News reported.
Comedian Jeremy McLellan posted the video on Facebook on Saturday. The Muslim woman involved in the incident is his friend.
As the video begins, the confrontation is already underway. A blonde woman accused the Muslim woman of “playing dumb” and said, “I’ve got it.”
“I shouldn’t have let you in front of me,” said the Muslim woman.
“I wish they didn’t let you in the country,” snapped the harasser.
“Excuse me? I was born here,” replied the Muslim woman.
“Oh, you were?” the blonde woman said. “Obama’s not in office anymore. We don’t have a Muslim in there anymore”.
“Yeah, I wish he was,” the Muslim woman was quoted as saying by the report.
“He’s gone. He’s gone,” the woman says, smiling. “He may be in jail, too, in the future,” she adds as she glances down in the direction of the camera briefly.
“You look a little crazy,” the woman filming said. “Maybe you need to get some help.”
“Oh, I’m fine,” the other woman replied as the woman filming explained that it’s not normal to strike up hateful conversations with strangers in line at the grocery store.
Hate crimes and acts of violence against Americans of colour and immigrants have spiked since the election of Donald Trump as US President, including the murder of an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas city.
(With PTI inputs)