A disturbing new video appears to show a white woman throwing a glass bottle at a Black jogger as she tries to get some exercise in.
This happened to Tiffany Johnson is in Woodside, Queens, New York.
This is a hate crime.
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) September 16, 2020
Tiffany Johnson says she was running through the Woodside area of Queens/Astoria in New York City when a white woman hurled a glass bottle at her. She shared her story in a post on Facebook:
“I was attacked by a racist with a glass bottle. Racism is truly real and alive even in a diverse area like Astoria/Woodside Queens, NY. The hatres is real. My freedom, my time, my humanity matters, my body matters. I hope this helps to raise awareness to a real issue. #runningwhileblack or literally doing ANYTHING while black.This incident happened to me while I was jogging in 98 degree weather minding my business. I had no idea somebody was filming this, it literally surfaced 1 month later and is now viral on the internet.As a black woman I’m always cautious bc i know that the color of my skin is triggering for certain people.At the time i felt it was race related, but looking back at this video is 100 percent confirmation of a hate crime. I am glad that I walked away because my freedom and time are my commodity. This is the world that we live in.
Racism is being perceived as a threat due to the color of my skin. That i dont feel pain the same way and am different somehow, therefore its permissable to hunt, threaten and or use excessive force to get a simple result. That whether jogging or bbq or walking in a hoodie, somehow a human being whose skin color is brown is a threat, therefore force and violence is okay. And however we react in response is somehow problematic. I’m posting this video to bring awareness. Bc it seems that message got lost…. as per usual.”
These kinds of incidents are already far too common in a nation whose entire existence has been devoted to upholding of white supremacy; as the president and the right-wing propaganda machine continue to demonize Black Americans, the Black Lives Matter movement, and their anti-fascist allies, we can sadly only expect more of the same as the ignorant and the fearful lash out.