The George Floyd protests against police brutality and systemic racism have inspired countless Americans to believe that meaningful change is finally possible, but seem to have also simultaneously broken the minds of a segment of the country who—terrified that their entrenched white privilege is at risk—have responded with shocking displays of racism that frequently end up caught on video.
The latest example to go viral allegedly shows a man at a Publix supermarket in Atlanta, Georgia who grows visibly frustrated after apparently being denied the sandwich he desired because of his decision to not wear a mask. Rather than realize the danger he is putting others in at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and leaving quietly, the man grows irate.
The clip starts with the man accosting another customer (who is wearing a mask) for “interrupting” the man’s “sandwich-making” and canceling his sandwich. The woman tending the counter asks for someone to fetch a police officer because she wants to press charges, presumably against the angry man. He then stares at her for a long moment, clearly deciding what to say to her. He ultimately decides to go with overt racism.
“It’s not my fault you’re a n****r,” the man says directly into the camera, clearly apathetic to the fact that his vile bigotry was being recording for all time. The woman targeted with the slur manages to keep her cool and asks the bystanders if they heard what he said.
With the video rapidly spreading across social media, some users believe they have discovered the man’s name. It must be stressed that his identity has not be verified and until it is the claims should be taken with a grain of salt. Inevitably, the video will propagate enough that his employers will see it and at that point, we will likely get a firm confirmation of his name and hopefully news of his termination.
Watch the disgraceful interaction below.
This man at a Publix in Atlanta says "It's not my fault you're a n****r" after his sandwich is cancelled for not wearing a mask. His name is Jonathan Tooker. It would be a shame if the world found out who #JonathanTooker really is. pic.twitter.com/GUGW8slKu3
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) July 1, 2020