A North Carolina woman was attacked in a racist road rage incident in Charlotte, and police say she’s partly to blame for what happened, WCNC reports.
Tiffany Sterling recorded the road-raging driver spewing racist and misogynist slurs at her after trying to side-swipe her vehicle.
“He kept opening up his door and yelling out things and by that time, I thought maybe this is one of those situations where I should start recording,” she told WCNC.
The video shows the man making sexual gestures with his tongue and berating Sterling with countless slurs.
“Take my picture, b*tch, I don’t care!” he yelled. “I had the green light… little n*gger c*nt.”
“He crossed over two lanes and almost hit me so I just honked my horn and he just went crazy,” Sterling told the station. “I was like, ‘is this man trying to kill me right now? What is going on?’ I was just shaking out of shock and disbelief and confusion.”
After reviewing the video, Charlotte Police Officer Johnathan Frisk said that Sterling should have handled the situation differently.
“The number one thing is definitely, do not get out of your car,” Frisk told the station. “If somebody’s trying to challenge you, a lot of times they want you to look at them.”
Frisk recommended others faced with similar situations avoid confronting road-raging drivers.
“I wouldn’t make any eye contact with them,” Frisk said. “Go to a well-lit area or a police station. Call 911 and give us that tag and gives us the direction you’re going.”
Sterling admitted she could have reacted to the incident differently.
“I could’ve not entertained it at all,” she said. “I could not have even listened to what he had to say. It could’ve turned into an unsafe situation looking back, for sure.”
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If it seems that racist incidents like these are happening more frequently since the election of Donald Trump, you’re not wrong.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 900 bias-related incidents against minorities in just the first 10 days after Trump’s election.
According to analysts, hate crimes are up 20 percent in major cities in 2017.
The racism-fueled violence came to a crescendo in August when white supremacists sparred with anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville before one of the marchers killed counter-protester Heather Heyer when he plowed into a crowd of people.
The incident caused the United Nations to issue a rare warning over “alarming” racism in the United States.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued a statement saying they were “disturbed by the failure at the highest political level” to counter racist demonstrations after Trump failed to condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists following the Charlottesville violence.
“We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred,” the panel’s chairwoman, Anastasia Crickley, said in the statement.
The panel urged government officials to “address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations, and thoroughly investigate the phenomenon of racial discrimination.”