When two Mexican women were being harassed by a fellow customer in a grocery store – three Colorado women stepped in to defend them.
The customer who was harassing the two Mexican women told them to stop speaking Spanish and learn English.
Isabel Marin and Fabiola Velasquez were shopping at a City Market in Rifle, Colorado on Monday before a woman named Linda Dwire stopped them, Linda is white. Dwire then asked Velasquez and Marin if they enjoyed living in the U.S. and then she informed them to learn English, according to BuzzFeed News.
Uhm, excuse me?
But thankfully, Dwire’s irrational rant was cut short by Kamira Trent, a stranger who overheard what was happening and attempted to de-escalate the situation.
Trent informed Dwire that it was a free country and she could not tell the women how to speak.
“She just got angrier and angrier. I was trying to get her away from the two women, but she wasn’t going to leave them alone,” Trent told BuzzFeed News. “What she said and the way she said it was wrong,” Trent went on, saying Dwire stated: “You’re in America. You’re in my country. You can’t speak Spanish here. You need to speak English if you’re going to be in America.”
Velasquez’s shared a video of the incident — which shows Trent and Dwire yelling at each other, with Trent telling Dwire to leave the two women alone.
“I’m calling the cops. You leave these women alone! Get out! Go!” Trent says to Dwire in the video.
“You come from a generation that’s destroying this country,” Dwire barks back.
“No, I do not. I have respect, and it does not matter. You do not harass people,” Trent yells.
“You will lose your country. You know what, you will lose this country,” Dwire babbles on.
“You do not harass Hispanic women!” Trent remarks at the very end of the video, the two walk walking away from Velasquez and Marin.
Dwire is currently out on bond after being arrested with two counts of bias-motivated harassment.
“They’d rather have their country here. I don’t mind them coming here as long as they want to be an American and not go on our welfare system,” Dwire told BuzzFeed News. “When there are so many people that they don’t learn English, that’s what divides our country.”
But Velasquez said Dwire made the two women feel like she would hurt them and if Dwire wasn’t racist, she would not have cared what language the women spoke. Velasquez has been in the country for more than 8 years now.
“Stand up and say something,” Trent told BuzzFeed News, “Letting that happen is really what’s wrong with our country.”
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