Since Donald Trump took office, incidents like this one have become increasingly regular.
A video of a white woman verbally attacking a Mexican man has gone viral after it was posted on Twitter by user @therealkenidrawoods.
A friend, Esteban Guzman sent me this video of a racist white woman harassing him while out working with his mom.
"Why do you hate us?"
"Because you're Mexicans."
"We are honest people right here!"
"Haha..yeah.. rapists & animals."
Trump supporters always reveal themselves 1/2 pic.twitter.com/QugqilTSPZ
— therealkenidrawoods (@KenidraRWoods_) June 25, 2018
The footage shows an unidentified white woman pointing her finger in 27-year-old Esteban Guzman’s face. In the video Esteban asks, “Why do you hate us?” to which the woman replied “Because you’re Mexicans.”
He then replies with, “We are honest people right here!” and the woman proceeds to insult Esteban by saying, “Haha…yeah. Rapists and animals.”
The 35-second clip also shows the woman sticking up her middle finger at Esteban.
At one point, the woman mentions the president of the United States. Her language echoes the message that Trump has been spreading since his campaign claiming Mexicans who seek immigration were “rapists” and “drug dealers”.
Esteban even posted the video on his Facebook, with his caption that includes the message, “Thank you for voting for Trump because thanks to him everywhere I go I am a rapist, an animal, and drug dealer.”
Thank you for voting for Trump because thanks to him everywhere I go I am a rapist, an animal, and drug dealer. You don't know what it feels like to be hated so much. I can take all the racial slurs they can throw at me. However, when they start yelling at my mother, that's another story. We are honest, hardworking, and respectful people. PLEASE WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO STOP RACISM!
Posted by Esteban Guzman on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Esteban, who works in construction during the weekends to supplement his full-time job as an IT systems administrator said that the woman was yelling at his mother.
“She was yelling at my mom go back to Mexico,” Esteban said. He was afraid for his mother’s safety when he approached the woman.
“I was like hey, what’s the problem? And she said we were all illegals,” Esteban said. “I told her: ‘I’m a United States citizen.’ And she obviously she didn’t believe me.”
Though Esteban has experienced racial abuse prior to this incident, he has expressed that it’s been more frequent since Donald Trump became president.
“Ever since last year it’s becoming increasingly more regular,” he said. “I think his speech gave everybody permission to call us those names and to think bad of us. I know a lot of people that have had it said to them.”