Chicago Woman Speaks On Viral Racial Encounter: “We Are Obviously Not Past This”


The hate in the United States is very real as can be seen in a video Chicago resident Netta Williams shared on Facebook on Monday (June 6). The cell phone-recorded video, that has since gone viral, documents her hateful encounter with a drunk, white man during her walk home.

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According to Williams, the man initially targeted his insults at a group of Latinos before shifting his attention to her.  “Yes, we have made some progress, but I got this video against this guy, and [Donald] Trump is talking about building a wall,” Williams told DNAinfo. “Let’s not rest on past laurels about progress and equality. We’ve come far, but we have so much further to go.”

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While Williams appears unintimidated by the man’s attack on her race, she expressed that she shared the video because she wanted to show others that overt racism isn’t merely a southern issue, but one that transpires in the north as well.

“I don’t know how you can say we are past this; we are obviously not past this,” she said.

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