Lennys Bermudez Molina, who says she is proud to be both American and Puerto Rican, became the victim of a racist attack when she politely asked if she could sit next to a white woman while she charged her car.
Molina, a mortgage loans business owner from Scottsdale who filmed the video, says she was charging her car outside the Wildflower Bread Company when she decided to come inside to grab a bite and work on her laptop.
CBS5 reported that Molina politely asked a woman sitting alone if the seat next to her was free.
“I said excuse me, is it OK if I sit here next to you and she said, ‘well, do I have a choice?,’” said Molina. “At first I thought I didn’t hear her right.”
“I was so shocked, I asked her to repeat it so I could see her face. Something in me said I should record it, too. Thank God I did! What you see next left me speechless,” Molina wrote beneath the video on her Facebook page.
The video begins with Molina saying: “Well I have never been told that somebody prefers whites instead of me.”
“Yes, that would be me. I’d prefer the whole freaking nation to be white. How about that?” the white woman replies as she continues to read a letter at the table.
“You know that’s never going to happen, right?” Molina says.
To which the white woman replies: “Oh, it’s going to happen. You will be wiped out. Trust me.”
Shocked, Molina says: “So all I was doing was asking you if you mind if I could sit in this chair right here out of courtesy because you are reading papers.”
The white lady then moves over one seat.
“But you prefer white people, not me?” Molina asks.
“Definitely,” the white woman replies.
Molina says: “Definitely. So this lady’s telling me that she doesn’t want me to sit next to her because I’m not white. Dear lord. What has the world come to?”
Molina said the incident left her “visibly shaken.”
“I hate to say the political climate is to blame for someone’s outrageous behavior, but I was visibly shaken today with this exchange,” Molina wrote.
“I simply asked the woman if I could sit down next to her while I waited for the car to charge.”
“I noticed she was attentively reading her papers and wanted to be respectful and not interrupt. I asked, ‘Would you mind if I sit next to you?’ Seems pretty simple. That is when things got crazy!!”
“The manager of the store that kicked her out also walked me to my car for safety,” she wrote in her post.
“I know that the scars of racism run deep in this great country I love. Being Puerto Rican, I am a proud American __…and equally proud Puerto Rican. This lady was lucky my PR-ness didn’t come out!!
“I wish for a world for my children and my children’s children’s to never worry about this stuff…but then again, we are who we are.”