A viral video of harassment by a black woman in a bar in Georgia prompted a swift response to the establishment.
TikTok @mauryssa posted videowhich some viewers may find disturbing, on her account, where it has been watched almost 120,000 times. In the comments section, @mauryssa said the video was recorded at the Hiram Station Bar and Grill.
Several clips were shown in the video showing what was told to her while she was at the bar, including one patron declaring herself a racist.
The Pew Research Center reported in 2019 that more than four in 10 adults in the United States said there has not been enough progress towards racial equality.
The organization also said there was “skepticism”, especially among black respondents, that blacks would have equal rights as whites.
In a Pew Research Center study, most Americans said that since former President Donald Trump was elected president, people are more likely to express racist or non-racist views.
The video opened when a white man sitting at the bar started shouting at @mauryssa to leave the place.
She fired off, telling him she would finish eating before she left.
In another clip, she claimed that an employee threw a box at her.
“I asked her to throw it away and she was grumpy with me and she just threw a whole box at me,” @mauryssa said, pointing to the woman behind the bar.
The woman turned and started arguing with @ mauryssa, denying that she had thrown a box at her.
– What are you doing in such a white place? another patron asked @mauryssa.
A TikTok user replied and said she came to the bar to play pool.
“It’s the only place with a pool table in the vicinity,” she said. “So that’s what I do in ‘white spot’.
He started to reply but @mauryssa told him she could spend the money however she wanted.
Laughter could be heard off-camera before the same client said, “I’m racist, I don’t care.”
@mauryssa said in the comments section that she went to the bar in the afternoon but before that she went to the bar to play pool at night.
“Ignorant, racist behavior”
Viewers went to the comments section to express their thoughts on the @mauryssy experience.
“I’m sorry it happened to you, but well done, you’re standing there,” wrote the viewer. “Powerful.”
“I’m so sorry you must have experienced this kind of ignorant, racist behavior,” one comment reads. “I commend you for being brave and opposing racism.”
“Such a brave woman, but be safe,” wrote another commentator.
“This is disgusting,” commented one viewer. “I’m so sorry you had to deal with this.”
Newsweek contacted @mauryssa for further comments. Newsweek Failed to reach Hiram Station Bar and Grill.
In May, a black truck driver shared his experiences of a stopover in a “sunset town” in Texas in the viral movie TikTok.
In March, a video prompted students to call for the dismissal of a college professor for his “offensive and racist” comments.
That same month, another video showed students dancing in Native American costumes at a high school basketball game.
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