The manager was having NONE of their ignorance while he was on duty that day
It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump’s racist “go back to where you come from” rhetoric of ignorance catches on with his base of supporters. Two white women who were eating lunch in a Burger King this week repeated Trump’s racism word for word when they told the manager of the restaurant to “go back to Mexico” because he was speaking Spanish to a staff member.
Fellow customers began filming the incident, which has now gone viral on social media. “Go back to Mexico,” says one of the women. “If you want to keep speaking Spanish, go back to your Mexican country. This is America. Our main language is English. Speak your Mexican at home.”
🔥This is how you handle racists.
These two women in Burger King heard a man speaking Spanish.
"GO BACK TO MEXICO" they said.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 12, 2019
Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. One, “Mexican” isn’t a language, and two, there is no official language in the United States of America. That’s right — English isn’t the “official” language, because we don’t have one! It doesn’t exist!
In the video, one of the women can be heard telling the manager, Ricky Castillo, “You’re being very rude,” after hearing him speak Spanish. “No, you’re being rude by being prejudiced,” Castillo replies.
The one bright point of this otherwise bleak-yet-unsurprisingly-ignorant video is that the manager, rather than remain polite and just take it because he’s at work, decides to unleash a masterful lesson on these two entitled women. He calls them out for being ignorant, rightly so, and then asks them to leave.
“Freedom of speech, ma’am,” he says. “Guess what, ma’am, I’m not Mexican. You’re being very prejudiced and I want you out of my restaurant right now.” One of the women says she wants to finish her meal first but the manager, who is Puerto Rican, threatens to call the police and report them as trespassers, so they finally leave. “Just have a nice day and don’t come back,” he tells them.
Many people who watched the video online shared their thoughts on the blatantly racist incident.
If you don't want to hear people speak Spanish then don't go out in public. This is entirely your issue— Katy Montgomerie 🦗 (@KatyMontgomerie) July 12, 2019
Would these ignorant women been this rude if he was speaking French. They probably wouldn’t have recognized the language.— Marleneusaa1 (@Redhead4America) July 12, 2019
The United States has NO official language.— Shirley Callis (@ShirleyCallis) July 12, 2019
Amazing that white people in this country forget that the language they speak is English and it came with us from England. They are literally speaking the language of a foreign country. It's not like a language was created for the US.— Cathy Worthington (@CathyWorthingt3) July 13, 2019
FACTS— S (@Yes_Its_Me_S) July 12, 2019
1. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.
2. The United States doesn't have an official national language.
3. Being bilingual is a coveted job and life skill, and that the USA doesn't embrace and encourage dual fluency is another example of failure in our educational system.
The King approves. pic.twitter.com/0m1lD17sXY— Chris Cifelli (@C_Shafell) July 12, 2019
“I was shocked and I didn’t know what to do,” Castillo tells ABC News. “I wasn’t going to call the cops,” he admitted. “I was raised to respect my elders and I wasn’t going to do that to them.”
Earlier this week, Trump shared a series of uhninged, racist tweets aimed directly at the four progressive freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came?” he wrote. And then he demanded an apology from them for his own racist tirade. Unbelievable, right? Unfortunately, this is our reality, and while people have surely always been racist, the Trump presidency makes them feel comfortable enough with it to display it harmfully in public.