"We know that these people exist. We rise above them. We don’t let them drag us down. We just keep moving forward, as I did in that video," says the victim.
A White racist hurled abuses and a glass bottle at an unsuspecting Black jogger in Queens, New York City, a disgusting video shows. The woman can be seen using the 'n' word and telling her to go back to Africa. Tiffany Johnson, 37, who lives in Woodside, was attacked by the racist. She initially did not report the incident that took place on August 17th on 53rd Place and Broadway in her neighborhood until a friend saw the shocking video posted on social media, reports Daily News. The video, released by cops on Wednesday, shows the racist sipping water from a glass bottle. When Johnson passes by the woman, she hurls the glass bottle at her.
The bottle breaks, Johnson turns around, confused, and the attacker shrieks, “Get out! Get the f--- out!” When Johnson asks what the woman’s problem is, she snaps back: “Why aren’t you in Africa, m----f---- n----r!” Johnson simply walks away as the woman keeps yelling. “At first I thought she mistook me for someone else. It’s when she started screaming, ‘go back to Africa,’ that’s when I realized she meant me,” Johnson said on Wednesday. She added that though she jogs regularly, she keeps changing up her routes and that she's never seen this woman before. She said her instinct was to avoid further confrontation.
“I just wanted to get away from her as quickly as possible. My safety was my first concern. Her mentality is her problem,” she said. “I don’t really like to take on other people’s issues. That she thinks that way is her problem, not my problem.” Johnson, who knows that Black women are subjected to such casual and overt acts of racism, says, “Don’t let anyone steal your joy.” It's as simple as that. “We’re really resilient as women. We’re soulful. As women of color, we’re deep thinkers. We stick together as women of color,” she said. "We know that these people exist. We rise above them. We don’t let them drag us down. We just keep moving forward, as I did in that video.”
In a Facebook update, Johnson shared: I was attacked by a racist with a glass bottle. Racism is truly real and alive even in a diverse area like Astoria/Woodside Queens, NY. The hatres is real. My freedom, my time, my humanity matters, my body matters. I hope this helps to raise awareness to a real issue. #runningwhileblack or literally doing ANYTHING while black. This incident happened to me while I was jogging in 98 degree weather minding my business. I had no idea somebody was filming this, it literally surfaced 1 month later and is now viral on the internet. As a black woman I'm always cautious bc i know that the color of my skin is triggering for certain people.
At the time i felt it was race related, but looking back at this video is 100 percent confirmation of a hate crime. I am glad that I walked away because my freedom and time are my commodity. This is the world that we live in. Racism is being perceived as a threat due to the color of my skin. That i dont feel pain the same way and am different somehow, therefore its permissable to hunt, threaten and or use excessive force to get a simple result. That whether jogging or bbq or walking in a hoodie, somehow a human being whose skin color is brown is a threat, therefore force and violence is okay. And however we react in response is somehow problematic. I'm posting this video to bring awareness.
Bc it seems that message got lost.... as per usual. According to the cops, the suspect is a light-skinned woman in her 40s, with what seems to be a foreign accent. She is about 5-foot-5, 160 pounds and has blue eyes and long blonde hair, police said. She was last seen wearing dark sunglasses, a black tank top and white shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Spanish speakers should call 1-888-577-4782. “I hope they find this person. She should be held accountable,” said Johnson, adding “It’s not fair that people are saying she’s crazy. It’s not fair to people (who) have mental issues. There are many people with mental health issues, and they don’t behave that way.”