Earlier this week Bayonne, New Jersey resident Tameka Bordeaux had a rude encounter as she ran an errand at a local corner store.
On January 4, Bordeaux was walking down Avenue C on her way to 7-Eleven when she was accosted by a white woman who began following her. In video Bordeaux posted to Facebook Live, the woman is seen calling Bordeaux a “n****r b***h” multiple times.
The confrontation ended when another white woman stepped in on Bordeaux’s behalf in the 7-Eleven parking lot and the racist assailant walked away.
In the video, the white woman who intervened in support of Bordeaux said that this wasn’t the first racist rant she’s seen from that white woman.
“Witnesses spoke up and that’s what we have to do,” she said, according to the Hudson Reporter.
Bordeaux, who is working toward a Master’s Degree in clinical mental health, said the woman in the video appeared to have mental issues.
“With the work that I’m constantly doing on myself, I will not throw that work away putting my fist in the mouth of some racist white woman that could potentially have some mental offsets,” Bordeaux said. “Yeah, I could have beat her ass, but what would I have gotten out of that?”
Mayor James Davis says he’s spoken to Bayonne Police Chief Robert Geisler and assures that the BPD is already investigating the incident.
“The video content was appalling and certainly not indicative of who we are in Bayonne,” Davis said. “Our community will continue to stand together and work to eliminate these acts of hatred.”
Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti said he too viewed the video posted on social media and says she was “verbally abused, followed, racially harassed and dehumanized as she walked her neighborhood in Bayonne.” Chiaravalloti represents the 31st Legislative District in the State Assembly, which includes Bayonne and Jersey City.
“The words of hate are repulsive,” Chiaravalloti said. “The media now refers to individuals who display this racist behavior as ‘Karens.’ This is wrong. These people need to be outed by their name.”
He continued: “My heart goes out to Tameka. The tragic fact is that racism exists, and it was on full display yesterday.”
Watch the full video below.