Racist White Idiot Harasses Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt – Cop Ignores Pleas for Help (VIDEO)
Racism showcased in two separate ways
Over the past years, there have been many stories of angry caucasian Americans ranting against minorities in public locations, either for speaking their native language, doing their job, or having a different skin color. These incidents are almost always rooted in bigotry, which in turn is brought about by a lack of education.
However, if one ever needed an astute example of how poorly educated some Americans can be, one is welcome to look at the latest viral instance of an American criticizing a supposed “non-American.” On July 7, 2018, a video was published on Facebook from the perspective of a woman who was legally renting an area for a birthday party.
In said video, she was approached by an older white man, identified as Timothy G. Trybus, 62 of Illinois, who proceeded to verbally abuse her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican Flag on it, due to it apparently being un-American. Despite the fact that the Puerto Rican flag is clearly derivative of the American flag, bearing the same red, white, and blue, and a white star, which you’d think any idiot could figure out. But, not this idiot, it seems.
However, as the woman calmly informed him, Puerto Rico is actually a part of the United States: it’s an unincorporated territory, though there has been a strong push for statehood. Though President Trump apparently didn’t know which territories he’s the President of, and clearly didn’t care much about Puerto Rico, either.
Trybus was not having any of it. He instead chose to continue berating her, telling her that she was “not going to change us”. That racist statement is not very dissimilar from the chants of neo-nazi marchers who chanted “you will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us,” as well as “blood and soil” in Charlottesville, and watching the video it seems to come from the same sentiment. Aside from that bit of racist commentary, the man also stalked her, and aggressively got uncomfortably close to her.
Now luckily, before things could escalate into physical violence, some bystanders stood up to Trybus and got him away, but the sad part is there was an actual Cook County Forest Preserves police officer on duty nearby who chose to ignore her constant pleas to him: a fact she points out towards the end of the recording.
In a rare instance, however, there is a silver lining to everything: as reported by the Chicago Tribune and officially stated by the Forest Preserves Twitter account, the angry man has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct, while the officer in question has been placed on desk duty and put under an investigation for his lack of initiative. And now Governor Riccardo Rosello of Puerto Rico, and Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Jr have both demanded his firing. Rosello adding a rather important note that really speaks to the time we’re living in, the anything but post-racial, post-Obama years, on Twitter:
“The United States of America is a nation that was built and thrives on diversity. We cannot allow those who do not understand America’s greatness to terrorize people because of their background. This is not the America we all believe in.”
The investigation is ongoing and the officer involved has been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome. The intoxicated individual involved in the incident was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
— Forest Preserves (@FPDCC) July 9, 2018
The actions by both individuals ultimately show how bad racism can be, whether it is overt (the man) or subtle (the officer). Luckily, it didn’t show how bad it could have been, because at any moment the racist creep harassing an innocent woman for wearing a patriotic t-shirt, could have struck her, or worse. All as a police officer looked on, passively, ignoring her pleas for help.
Check out the video below:
Featured image via Facebook.