A black family in Oregon says their Easter was ruined after they were subjected to racial slurs by a white couple in an incident captured on cell phone video.
The video shows a woman, identified by police as Jessica Hollinger, repeatedly yelling the n-word at members of the Matthews family as they were sitting down for a meal on Easter Sunday.
Later in the video, Hollinger pulls down her pants in the middle of the street, which led to the Matthews calling the police, reports WPVI-TV.
“I said, ‘There’s kids around. This is totally inappropriate,'” Rashonda Matthews told KEZI. “She approached me in my face and started saying (racial slurs) multiple times.”
“We were kinda like what the heck? Like trying to tell them to stop and as soon as I pulled out my phone cause it was pretty funny and kinda crazy, she said she was going to call the cops on me,” said Rahtavian Matthews.
Springfield police said Kevin and Jessica Hollinger were walking around Oakdale Avenue yelling slurs before they targeted the Matthews family.
Police later charged Jessica and Kevin Hollinger on multiple counts. Jessica was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Police said Kevin Hollinger had a knife tucked under his shirt during the confrontation, but Rahtavian Matthews said he didn’t see him take it out.
Kevin was also charged with disorderly conduct and felony possession of a restricted weapon for having a concealed knife.
Police also said Jessica Hollinger walked onto the Matthews property and chest-bumped one of them.
The Matthews said they are no strangers to these type of racist attacks.
“Unfortunately it exists here,” Rashonda said.
“Just something that shouldn’t happen, and I don’t know,” Rahtavian said. “I have seen it a couple times here ’cause I’m from California and so it does happen, it really does happen.”
“You know, we bleed the same color,” Rashonda said. “We are no different. I work every day, put in a good 9 to 5, take care of my kids. I don’t feel like I should be treated different because of my skin color.”