One Canadian woman has been villainized online after going on a racist rant against workers at a specialty Chinese supermarket outside of Toronto, berating them for minutes on end for not being able to speak English.
“They should go back to China,” the woman in a motorized wheelchair is seen telling another customer who tries to intervene. “Go back to China! This is Canada.”
“If you’re going to work here, it is the law to know English,” the woman argues multiple times during the clip which was filmed on Friday at a Foody Mart in Scarborough, Ontario.
Of course, this claim is completely false. According to Canadian law, only employees at federal institutions are required to be able provide service in French or English.
Eventually, another female customer with the patience of a saint attempts to explain to the angry woman the prices of the rice and noodles at the counter.
The video was posted onto Facebook by 15-year-old student Frank Hong, who wrote that: “‘GO BACK TO CHINA, Go back to CHINA.’ I never thought I’d hear those words in real life but this just happened as I was trying to get some food at a Chinese specialty store.”
According to Hong, the woman’s racist tirade of verbal abuse went on for three minutes before he finally stopped trying to intervene and started filming. CTV News reports that employees were berated by the woman for 15 to 20 minutes in total.
In his Facebook post, Hong writes that the video should serve as reminder to Canadians that “Racism and xenophobia isn’t far from us nor has it gone away,” adding that “It has only gotten worse recently. It seems like some people want to reinstate the Chinese Exclusion Act .”
“We all need to do something about this so that people won’t have to witness such situations ever again. EXPOSE RACISM!” he pleads.
The video now has nearly 900,000 views and almost 4,000 comments with the vast majority of Facebook users condemning the woman for her racist rant, though failing to exactly take the high ground by going on to ridicule her for her weight and for using a wheelchair.
All around the world, people of Chinese descent continue to be popular targets for xenophobic attacks — told to “Go back to China!” even in countries that they were born in. In March, a Chinese Australian woman was attacked by a man on the street who shouted for her to “get out of my country.” Last October, a New York Times editor was walking down the sidewalk in Manhattan with his family when a woman shouted at them: “Go back to China! Go back to your fucking country.”
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