Two black women were harassed in a parking lot near their home. The racist culprit was soon fired for her actions.
Susan J Westwood was identified as the white woman who hurled racist insults at two black sisters on October 19. The sisters were waiting for AAA.
One of the siblings, Chele Garris, recorded the detestable scenario on camera. She later posted it to social media where it quickly went viral.
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In the clip, Westwood approaches one of the sisters in a very imposing way.
“Hi, how are you? I’m hot, I’m beautiful, I’m 51. What are we going to talk about tonight? Being hot, being beautiful, being white? Being — my new weave? Do you, do you live here?”
One of the sisters mentioned how Westwood reeked of alcohol as she continued. Meanwhile, Westwood repeatedly asked the women why they are here.
Westwood did not want to accept the sisters' explanation that they were having car trouble and waiting for assistance. A sister said:
“OK, so what are you asking me? Do I need to call the police? Because I feel threatened.”
Westwood precariously moved about. She agreed to call the police but appeared to do nothing with her phone in reality.
“OK, let’s do that right now, let’s call 911. I want to make sure that there’s nothing going here.”
At several points, she pushed it into Garris' face and claimed she's also filming. She said, "Well I can do this, too."
The two women remained calm. One of them kindly requested that Westwood just leave them alone:
"Ma’am, would you please leave us alone and go home?”
Then Westwood bragged about her big job and related it to the women.
"I’m white and I make $125,000 a year and I want to make sure that you’re all up in here. Girl, girl, I got you, girl, I’m white, girl, I’m white!”
She added in some racist rhetoric for good measure:
"[Expletive], I’m still gonna make $125,000 Monday morning. Who are you? Do you live here? Is your boyfriend here? Is your baby daddy here?”
Then a threat came:
“Do I need to bring my concealed weapons, too? This is North Carolina by the way."
Westwood worked as a senior business intelligence analyst and market researcher with Spectrum Enterprise until the decisive incident.
The company released a statement through a Charter spokesperson saying:
“The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter’s code of conduct and clearly disregards the company’s commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior. As such, Ms. Westwood’s employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately.”
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office revealed that Westwood's threats led to two counts for communicating threats and two more for simple assault.
The incident follows another racist episode from a white man on an airplane who was assigned to sit next to a black woman.
The elderly black lady, Delsie Gayle, was traveling from Barcelona to her home in London when it happened. Her daughter was with her at the time.
Gayle, who has arthritis, was forced to endure nasty slurs from the man when he asked her to move and she took longer than he desired.
He name-called the senior woman. Then told staff he wants her to move. Incredulously, they obliged.
Gayle refused at first, but she eventually went to another sit. This incited her and others to call for a boycott of the airline.
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Gayle later spoke to ITV and said she was in shock by the situation. She had sleepless nights after wondering why such a thing would happen.
Her abuser later apologized to her but Gayle was not convinced. She said it would be a long time until she can do so.
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