Moise Morancy, a 20-year-old artist and activist from Brooklyn, is an Internet hero after posting a video of a racially-charged exchange with a white woman and a Black girl on a New York City bus.
Using his phone, Morancy recorded footage of the woman, who began yelling racist remarks at the girl after taking issue with the fact that she was standing near the vehicle's back door. The five minute clip has gone viral, getting over 280,000 hits since it was posted two days ago.
Morancy attached a lengthy caption to the video, explaining that while he didn't know the Black woman, he chose to stand up for her. "So this morning, I get on a crowded bus on my way to school & this white woman is bugging out, yelling and being extremely rude, mainly because people were standing near the back door," he writes. "So this brilliant black girl kindly says to her 'Ma’am, there’s no room on this bus. There’s a stroller and it’s extremely crowded, where are people supposed to stand?'"
The story continues, "Immediately the woman snapped saying all kinds of rude things! No, I don’t know this black girl from a hole in the wall, but I don’t care. You ain’t gonna talk to my sista like that. So I call out that woman’s racist remarks as well as her white privilege; because she thinks she can speak to whoever she wants to in whichever manner she feels. All hell breaks loose as we see her true perspective of not only us as black people but our traits and occupations…..what do you think? Was I wrong for stepping in?"
Watch the video below and judge for yourself.
What's At Stake: Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre's Live Art Installation at 2015 Million Man March in the video below that.
(Photo: Moise Morancy via Facebook)