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A disturbed woman in U.K. chided two young women of color in the lobby at Ispwich Hospital in Suffolk. The woman lashed out at the young women exclaiming, “Where do you come from,” to 23-year Nigerian Gina Thompson and her 21-year old friend, from Spain. The two young women endured 2 minutes of verbal aggressions. The woman was citing England’s economic issues stating, “You’re coming over here and you’re pleading poverty. We are paying taxes for you a**holes and we are going down in this crisis.”
Finally Thompson fires back, “You won’t call me an a**hole. I will not accept that. Don’t call me an a**hole. Don’t come to my face and insult me. You won’t do that. Calling me an a**hole? Are you alright?”
Thompson later said the verbal assault left her friend shaken and stunned, especially given the language barrier. “She is Spanish and her English is not perfect, but she could sort of understand what the woman was saying. When she got back home, she said: ‘Are we in trouble?”
Unfortunately incidents like these are all two familiar for people of color, and many people of African descent must endure the humiliation of shame of racial discrimination often being made to feel “less than” and marginalized.
According to local authorities, the woman is being charged in the incident with an assault on a police officer and two counts of racially aggravated assault and two charges of assault. The woman has five significant charges. She is due back in court on February 20th.
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