Lennys Bermudez Molina is a loan officer in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also a Puerto Rican woman. She was at a restaurant called Wildflower in her home town when she asked a white woman whether she could sit at the empty table next to her.
The woman responded...
"Do I have a choice?"
Then, Molina took out her phone and began to film what followed, which was a lengthy series of racist remarks in which the white woman told Molina that America should be "all white."
The video can be seen below.
The video opens with this interchange...
"Well I have never been told that somebody prefers whites instead of me."
"Yes, that would be me. I'd prefer the whole freaking nation to be white. How about that?" the white woman replies as she reads a letter at the table.
Then Molina responds...
"You know that's never going to happen, right?"
To which the white woman says...
"Oh, it's going to happen. You will be wiped out. Trust me."
Molina says that the restaurant kicked the woman out and then walked Molina to her car for safety.
The end of Molina's Facebook post reads...
"I know that the scars of racism run deep in this great country I love. Being Puerto Rican, I am a proud American...and equally proud Puerto Rican. This lady was lucky my PR-ness didn't come out!!
I wish for a world for my children and my children's children's to never worry about this stuff..."
People were upset by the video.
@abc15 THIS is what Arizona REALLY is. Leave Phoenix, and talk to white people; most support this kind of crap. I… https://t.co/GMgIFrzBlv— Kenneth (@Kenneth)1543024502.0
@abc15 We're ALL here by God's design. Someone should tell her that.— Vicky (@Vicky)1543077159.0
@abc15 This is so sad! She needs God in her life!— Karen Padelford (@Karen Padelford)1543021218.0
And most thought it was a sign of the times.
Welcome to 2018, Where casual calls for ethnic cleansing happen. -- A Puerto Rican woman posted a video to Facebook… https://t.co/V4thQJDx2p— Veritas (@Veritas)1543110957.0
@DaddyDaddymac Props to the manager of Wildflower. But this woman’s threat of violence is more alarming than the… https://t.co/b27Gt9MlML— Jane Black (@Jane Black)1542997610.0
@sahluwal Never https://t.co/3HQBzpxj9c— DJ Cerebral (@DJ Cerebral)1543006897.0
@sahluwal @NOW1SOLAR What happened to being a decent human being? Oh wait, there’s not one in the WH so all those t… https://t.co/1KVp6OvJUq— SC (@SC)1542991484.0
Others pointed out why exposing people like this is important.
@sahluwal Some may try to dismiss this as just the ravings of some individual racist, but consider, what if this wo… https://t.co/ipjxDC2HFp— PurpleDragon (@PurpleDragon)1542997511.0
@sahluwal It's not just about some ignorant individuals racism, it's how that racism radiates out and affects entir… https://t.co/mnGKsc6cR1— PurpleDragon (@PurpleDragon)1542997525.0
Trump may only be a symptom, but his embrace of racism and bigotry has certainly given cover to other racists and bigots to espouse their views out in the open.