Racist attacks have surged in the days following Donald Trump’s win. In the most recent incident, which surely won’t hold that title for long, a Trump loving bigot was caught on camera screaming racist obscenities while horrified passengers struggled to keep him from physically attacking the victim.
Freelance writer Valeska Griffiths was riding on the St. Clair Avenue streetcar in Toronto when she caught the appalling incident on tape. In the video, a man wearing a blue hoodie and hard hat was being held back from a person of color by fellow passengers. He accused the victim of punching him in the face, a claim which he later admitted was a lie.
Next time you punch me in the face I promise you’re getting buried,” the man said as two women force him off the streetcar. “Are you stupid? Are you stupid? Are you stupid?” the man asked repeatedly. “Don’t worry, man, I’ll remember your face. On Jesus. On Jesus, eh?”
“You’re a little b*tch, eh? Welcome to Canada,” he shouts viciously.
Trump has legitimatized hate. Not just in the United States, but throughout the world. The bigotry he has unleashed is now crossing the border.
The assailant also shouted that “these people think they have the right to assault us” and then said, “he’s not from around this town, I can tell by his face.”
When Griffiths had finally had enough, she called the man a “f*cking racist.” He responded by declaring that he was proud to be a racist and shouted, “Go Trump!”
The driver had to stop the streetcar and wait for police to arrive. The authorities talked to both men and the victim was allowed to stay on the streetcar. According to the officers, there was shoving but no one was punched. Both men declined to press charges.
Griffiths said the victim was badly shaken by the attack and kept apologizing even though he was the one who was assaulted.
He kept apologizing for wasting my time, which broke my heart,” she said. “He showed a lot more grace than I would have.”
The video also shows the other passengers on the train trying to calm the victim down after the attack and reassuring him that he had done nothing to spur on the hatred that was unleashed upon him. “Everyone here” isn’t like that, one person tried to explain.
Transit spokesman Brad Ross issued a statement that said it is imperative that the transit system remains safe for all passengers, regardless of race, nationality, gender, etc.
“We will continue to work with police to ensure incidents like the one in the video are the exception and not the rule,” he said.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.