Late last week, Lennys Bermudez stopped at a restaurant to work while she charged her car outside. Upon entering, she noticed the restaurant was very busy. Lennys located a seat next to a woman doing paperwork. Realizing she may disrupt the woman, she politely asked the woman if she could sit down. The question posed by Bermudez made the woman unload ugly and racist comments to her. Shocked by the woman’s remarks, Bermudez grabbed her phone and caught the rest on camera. Bermudez’s viral video has been viewed more than 300,000 times.
According to Bermudez’s Facebook update, she encountered the woman on November 20th. She states that she entered a bustling restaurant and looked for a seat. When she located an empty spot, Bermudez noted that a woman sitting next to the empty chair was attentively reading papers.
To be courteous to the woman, Bermudez asked the woman if she could sit down. The woman responded to her, “Do I have a choice?”
Startled by her reaction, Bermudez grabbed her phone to record the exchange with the woman. In the video, attached to the post, Bermudez asked the woman to repeat what she said.
When the video starts, Bermudez says, “Well, I have never been told someone prefers whites.”
The video pans to the woman sitting next to her, and the woman never looks up from her papers. Next, the woman responds, “Yes, that would be me. I prefer the whole freaking nation to be white.”
Bermudez responds to the woman, “You know that’s never going to happen, right?”
The woman responds to Bermudez by saying, ”Oh it will. You all will be wiped out, trust me.”
After the exchange happened, the woman stood up and moved to a table outside. Bermudez told CBS5, in an interview, that she reported the situation to a manager at the restaurant.
Following the exchange with the manager, the manager walked over to talk to the woman that made the statement. Then the manager escorted Bermudez to her car to make sure she felt safe.
Louis Basille of Wildflower Bread Company told CBS5 that he feels sad after watching the video. He said, “We really embrace the diversity of not only our workforce but of course our customers. If a guest is uncomfortable in one of our restaurants, we’d like them to come to the manager.”
Even though the event left Bermudez shaking, she said she appreciated all the messages of support on her Facebook Message. She hopes by sharing the video that people will realize treating others like this is wrong.
Lennys, we agree! No one should be treated this way. We are sharing this video as a reminder to all people racism and bigotry are alive and well in the United States.
Watch the video below and tell us your thoughts.
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