Wife Of Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor Films Woman Berating Her With Racist Slur
The second Pennsylvania lady said she was shivering and in tears after being verbally abused by a racist customer in a supermarket that weekend.
Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), was waiting at the checkout counter of an Aldi near Braddock, Pennsylvania on Sunday evening when she said a woman confronted her and started hurling bigoted nicknames at her.
"She said," There's the N-word Fetterman married. You don't belong here, ”Fetterman told the Washington Post in an interview published Monday. “I was just frozen in that moment. I was trembling. I was so nervous. "
Fetterman, a native Brazilian and ex-undocumented immigrant who became a U.S. citizen 11 years ago, said the verbal attack continued after she left the store and returned to her car. Using her cell phone, she managed to record a short video showing the woman calling her about the racial fraud, which she then posted on Twitter.
By Monday afternoon, the clip had been viewed more than 245,000 times.
"This behavior and hatred are taught," Fetterman wrote in a second tweet. "If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please teach her love instead."
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Monday condemned the incident as "shameful and unacceptable," adding, "Nobody should ever be made to feel undesirable in our community because of their race or ethnicity."
“Gisele Fetterman spends much of her time making our state and our world a better place, and she - and every Pennsylvanian - deserves our respect, not the hatred that too often shows people who are just trying to live in this country a time when unity continues to divide badly, ”he wrote on Twitter.
Senator Bob Casey (D) echoed these feelings, noting, "It is up to us to teach our children kindness, acceptance and inclusion and to condemn hatred whenever and wherever we see it."
Just before Fetterman was 8 years old, her mother brought her brother and she from Rio de Janeiro to New York in 1990. She became a legal resident of the United States in 2000 and a citizen in 2009, a year after she married her husband.
As a mother of three, Fetterman said that while online racism is not a stranger, the incident was the first time she was personally assaulted verbally.
She told The Philadelphia Inquirer that she believes those with great views may feel energized because of President Donald Trump, who is known to perpetrate racist and sexist verbal attacks against his opponents.
"We see people in high positions who act a certain way, then maybe that's encouraging," she said. "I don't know if there is more of it now or if it is just more public now. The fact that people have such a blind hatred of what is different is frightening."
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