A video of a white woman shouting at two black men outside a downtown bar and repeatedly calling them a racial slur is quickly spreading on social media.
One of the men, 21-year-old Drake Lewis, posted the video to Twitter via his account @Weslyinfinity on Wednesday.
“So yesterday me and my homie Sam were out taking photos in the power and light district via KCMO when we overheard this lady say ‘these (expletive N-word)’ when we walked by,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “I told her not to say that and then I started recording.”
In the video, a woman standing near Grand Boulevard in the entertainment district can be heard shouting at the men, saying, “It is what it is. I’m a white (expletive) cracker, you a caramel (N-word).”
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Lewis and his friend are then heard laughing and ridiculing the woman for the slurs.
By Thursday evening, Lewis’ video had more than 125,000 views on Facebook, Twitter and other video sharing sites.
“It was really random,” Lewis told The Star on Thursday. “Me and my friend were just out taking photos and we were walking down the street talking about different stuff and we overheard the lady.”
Lewis said when he turned around and told her not to say those words, she began a tirade.
At one point in the video, after being called the slurs, Lewis’ friend calls the woman a “hick,” “cracker” and an “ugly (expletive).”
“He was outraged,” Lewis said.
Lewis said his friend, who is Samoan-American, has told him he has been called a “sand (N-word)” in the past. “He gets it all the time,” Lewis said.
On Facebook, under a now-deleted post sharing Lewis’ video, a person claimed to have employed the woman who said the slurs.
The employer asked to remain anonymous, but confirmed to The Star that she knew the woman in question and that the woman had been fired because of the video.
Nick Benjamin, executive director of the Power & Light District, denounced the woman’s actions.
“There is no place in our society for the kind of abhorrent speech that a visitor to downtown appears to have made on a public street in the video and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” he told The Star in an email.
The video is the latest in a string of racist incidents spotlighted through social media.
Last week in Brooklyn, N.Y., a white woman told police that a 9-year-old boy sexually assaulted her, but video surveillance showed the boy accidentally brushing past her while walking in a deli. The woman has since issued an apology.
In St. Louis this week, a black man’s video of a white woman refusing to allow him to enter his apartment building went viral and caused the woman to lose her job.
As for his video, Lewis said, “I posted it to expose how people really are and to show that racism is pretty much everywhere. I’m just really tired of the disrespect.”