A woman’s racist tirade against two Latina women in a mall in Louisville, Kentucky begins with a cacophony of tired slurs against immigrants. Caught on tape and posted on social media Tuesday, the incident has prompted a search for the woman — who faces a lifetime ban from the mall.
In the lineup at a JCPenney store in Jefferson Mall, two Latina women, in front of the woman who went on the racist rant, added some last-minute items to their cart.
That, according to the now-deleted Facebook video bystander Renee Buckner posted, instigated the woman to begin shouting her anti-immigrant views at the two women.
The woman tells the customers to “go back to wherever the fuck you come from, lady.”
“They come here to live, then act like everybody else,” the woman continues to yell. “You’re nobodies. Just because you come from another country, it don’t make you nobody. You’re nobody, as far as I’m concerned. You’re probably on welfare. The taxpayers probably paid for all that stuff.”
“It’s true,” the woman then turns to tell the other customers in line. “We probably pay for every bit of that stuff. You know that. Probably all the food they get and everything else. I’m sorry, but that’s the way I feel.”
While the two Latina women ignore her racist speech, the video ends after the woman tells them to “speak English. You’re in America. If you don’t know it, learn it.”
Once the video garnered nearly 6 million views, Jefferson Mall authorities decried the woman’s outburst and said they are working to identify her and ban her from the mall.
JC Penney also issued a similar statement Wednesday, asking the public to help them find the victims so they can be given a formal apology and a full reimbursement for their purchases that day.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also posted a series of tweets expressing his regret and disappointment about the situation.