Nearly a year into the pandemic, you might think people would know better than to enter public spaces without a mask. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.
In the latest of an exhausting number of viral anti-masker videos, a man spews his saliva and potentially deadly aerosols all over a security guard as he is escorted out of a store. It would have been unhygienic in the best of circumstances.
Twitter user @davenewworld_2 shared the viral minute-long clip. He identified the incident as having occurred at a store in Virginia. Commenters, many of whom recognized the store by sight, further clarified the store as a Kroger in downtown Richmond.
By the time the clip begins, the anti-masker has already been asked to leave the location. A Black security guard calmly keeps pace with the belligerent white patron, who repeatedly turns to spew—literally—hate in the guard's direction.
"Shut the fuck up, f****t. You're a bitch," the man shouts, inches from the security guard's face.
He continues his tirade for the duration of the video, repeatedly calling the security guard a "bitch" as they walk toward the door. The anti-masker's reckless, hateful energy matches his wildly unkempt appearance.
Near the end of the clip, as the security guard ushers the anti-masker out of the store, the man lets his full racist persona shine.
"I'll be your executioner," he says, repeatedly referring to the guard with the recognizably racist term "boy."
"Get the fuck away from me, f****t," he sputters in the video's final moments, before dropping his final racist bomb. "You're a bitch, punk-ass n****r."
At this point, the person filming interjects, telling the racist anti-masker, "Hey, don't say that shit no more."
Soon after, the video ends.
As the video began spreading online, many people expressed exhaustion with the whole situation. Others wished that the man who pulverized a racist with a Twisted Tea can late last year had been present.
Viewers commended the security guard for his remarkable patience in the situation. Others, however, noted that this level of calm is almost always required of people of color.
"To all your comments and about how the security guard has so much patience and restraint please understand this is how a lot of black folks have to live Every. Fucking. Day," @AuntieSkeleton wrote. "Y'all do not realize how much rage we have to sit on and suppress just to stay alive [in] this country."
"I'm seeing a lot of tweets praising the guard for his restraint & professionalism. But we don't have the luxury of snapping & losing our cool on the job," @Tweettweeter wrote. "We don't get passes. We're shown little to no mercy when called into HR even when our behavior was justified. We need our job."
Quite a few viewers expressed concern for the guard after his exposure to all those aerosols. Experts currently anticipate that the United States will reach 400,000 COVID-19 deaths by Inauguration Day. In Virginia alone, there have been 417,839 infections and 5,626 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
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