White Man Caught on Camera Telling Latina Employee to "Go to Your Own" Country

A customer at a Wal-Mart in Irving, Texas was caught on camera telling a Latina employee that people like her should "go to your own countries."

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The woman, Adela, who is only using her first name out of concern for her well-being, said that she started recording after the man asked for a white employee to assist him.

"It has hurt me a lot because we are working people. We pay our taxes. We have children who study in college," Adela, a U.S. citizen and immigrant from El Salvador, said.

According to her, the man complained about the glasses he was picking up at the local Wal-Mart. When Adela referred him to a doctor to check his prescription, he demanded to speak to a white employee.

Adela called the man racist, and went off to get her white manager, who was busy with a call.

When she returned to the man, she starting recording. This time, he directed his racism toward a Black woman in an electric wheelchair.

“Look at that, who do you think pays her hospital bills," he asked.

"I don't know, you can ask her," Adela responded.

"I do," he said pointing at himself. "I pay her hospital bills. She’s a foreigner. She came over here. She got sick and fat and obese, and she can’t do anything. She can’t work," he added. "But I have to pay her bills. See what I mean? Am I fat and obese? I go to work every day. I pay taxes.”

Adela replied: “OK, me, too. I pay my own taxes, too.”

“All of these foreigners are living off of us good working white people. Yes, I’m just telling you the truth," he said, laughing. "It’s all right. I know you ain’t leaving. I know you’re here to stay. Y’all should go to your own countries and fix up your own countries.”

“OK, sir, I don’t want to hear that anymore. That’s it,” Adela said as her supervisor came to assist the man.

When the man left, Adela showed the video to her manager. Wal-Mart employees have been asked to keep an eye out for him, but Adela noted that he called back later to cancel his follow-up appointment.

Adela said it was the first time she experienced such a level of bigotry.

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"I told her I was in shock," she said. "I didn't know what to do, whether to cry. I felt very bad."

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Raquel Reichard, Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor atLatina.com and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.

 

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