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A white woman in lower Manhattan, New York, was filmed interrogating a Hispanic man about why he was in her apartment building. The video shows her calling the cops on the man and his children.
Alfredo Sandoval, whose Facebook says he is from the Bronx, New York, shared several video clips of the incident on his Facebook on Sunday. He wrote the woman’s actions were the result of “deep seeded [sic] hatred and intolerance towards people of color and Latinos.”
**Racism In America** I exercised patience in a situation that was not deserving. I issued tolerance in the face of evil and I gave respect when it was not offered to me or my children. This is not America or American. This behavior is deep seeded hatred and intolerance towards people of color and Latinos. I post this video because my children had to bear witness of this hate. I ask all my friends to please share this persons repulsive and inhumane behavior. When they go low, we go high. The World has no space this type of hate. #LoveOverHate #Equality #RacismInAmerica #ABetterTommorow #ABetterUnitedAmericaPosted by Alfredo Sandoval on Sunday, November 17, 2019
The video begins with the woman asking, “What’re you here for?”
“For my aunt, you’re not the owner,” Sandoval is heard saying from behind the camera.
Throughout the video, it becomes apparent they are at the doorway of a building. In the video, the woman says the apartment building is located in the Alphabet City neighborhood in Manhattan.
“You’re lying,” the woman repeatedly says to him.
“I am knocking on her door now,” Sandoval says.
“You’re lying,” the woman responds. “Who is she? Who is she? Just say her name.”
“She’s on the second floor,” he responds.
“Then get your foot out of here,” she says, gritting her teeth. “I’ll call the police.”
Sandoval tries to explain that his aunt has been living in the building for 60 years, but the woman says she knows everyone in the building.
“You are doing this in front of my young kids,” Sandoval says.
“You are doing this in front of the kids,” the woman responds. “You don’t live here… and I’m asking you who your aunt is.”
She tells the police on the phone that there’s a man who “won’t get out of our building.”
In another video posted on Instagram, the woman is seen on the phone with cops, giving them the description of Sandoval’s clothes. The Daily Dot is not sharing links to the Instagram video as the description contains the woman’s address.
“Why should I tell you? Who are you?” Sandoval says. “I’m going to visit my aunt.”
“All he has to do is tell me who his aunt his,” she says into the phone.
“I do not have to tell you anything,” Sandoval says. “She lives on the second floor?” she asks him, still holding the phone. When he confirms his aunt lives on the second floor, the woman says, “I doubt it, I doubt it, I doubt it. Step back sir, step back. I know everyone in the building.”
She then goes on to say that “there’s been a lot of thefts.”
Following a question from the operator on the line, she says of the man, “I think he’s Hispanic but I’m not really sure. And he won’t tell me what apartment he’s in and there’s been thieves…”
In a third video uploaded to Instagram, the woman is seen standing outside the building with one arm on her hips, arguing with the man while they both wait for the cops.
“Go ahead and put it on YouTube, sir, your name is gonna get smeared all over,” she tells him in one part of the video.
“I post this video because my children had to bear witness of this hate,” Sandoval wrote in the description of the video on Facebook, adding that he was patient even though the situation “was not deserving.”
“I issued tolerance in the face of evil and I gave respect when it was not offered to me or my children,” he wrote. “This is not America or American.”
People expressed their anger in the comments, and some were disturbed that the incident happened in New York.
“We’re not talkin about Wichita Kansas here we talkin about Manhattan East Village and your family has lived there for 60 years are you kidding me,” one person commented on his Facebook video.
Many were disturbed someone would call the police front of young kids. In the video, Sandoval says one of his kids is 6-years-old.
One person tried to argue that as a building resident, the woman was in the right and that a security guard would’ve checked for the same information.
That was soon met with a counter-argument. “There’s no policy or law that allows a resident to prevent a person from entering a building just because of their personal thoughts and accusations,” one commenter wrote. “If she was the door person, then this argument would be valid.”
Sandoval did not respond to the Daily Dot’s request for an interview.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque