An alleged racist woman verbally attacked Gisele Barreto Fetterman, an activist, who is married to Pennsylvania’s Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
Fetterman shared a video on social media where the White woman removed her mask and called her the n-word.
In an interview, Fetterman said she was in a grocery store when she made the mistake of leaving state troopers who were present to protect her.
Fetterman said she was tempted by kiwis that were on sale, so she slipped away to purchase them when the woman approached her.
*TRIGGER WARNING* I love love love this country but we are so deeply divided. I ran to the local grocery store and was met by and verbally assaulted by this woman who repeatedly told me I do not belong here. The confrontation continued into the parking lot where I was able to pic.twitter.com/kzSoxCVJ2x
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) October 11, 2020
Talking to the Washington Post, Pennsylvania’s Second Lady revealed that the enraged woman called her several names while inside the grocery store and followed her in the parking lot where she continued with the insults.
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Out of profound gratitude for my adopted country, I can only say that I would like in this land to live and die, and while I live to help other people as much as possible, believing that only in service to other people can I possibly express my gratitude for all that America has done for me. Peter Marshall said it but he took it out of my heart. ❤️🇺🇸 De profunda gratidão pelo meu país adotivo, posso apenas dizer que gostaria que em esta terra vivesse e morresse, e enquanto vivo para ajudar outras pessoas o máximo possível, acreditando que apenas a serviço de outras pessoas posso expressar minha gratidão por tudo o que a América fez por mim. Peter Marshall disse isso, mas tirou do meu coração. ❤️🇺🇸💥
She shared a message and the video on Twitter, where she confessed that she cried her eyes out after getting attacked.
Fetterman also revealed that the woman recognized her and told her to go back where she came from during the altercation.
Fetterman was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and came to the United States as a child. Her family fled the country due to violence and crime.
Fetterman, who was an undocumented immigrant at one point in her life, is now a proud American citizen who is the founder of a group that helps homeless people and those struggling to eat.
While talking about the racist incident, she urged people to have love for one another and not to let hate and anger destroy this wonderful country.
Here is her reaction to the incident: “TRIGGER WARNING I love love love this country, but we are so deeply divided. I ran to the local grocery store and was met by and verbally assaulted by this woman who repeatedly told me I do not belong here. The confrontation continued into the parking lot, where I was able to finally capture it after the crying winded down. This behavior and this hatred are taught. If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please, please teach her love instead.”
She told the Washington Post: “There’s that n-word that Fetterman married. You don’t belong here. No one wants you here. You don’t belong here. The fact that she was so comfortable and bold to just do it to my face with an audience … that was really scary.”
In the brief video, the woman could be seen pulling down her mask and saying “ni*ger” through her car’s window.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey (D) showed his support for Fetterman, so did Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who said in a statement: “Racism and hate speech are always unacceptable and unworthy of Pennsylvanians. No Pennsylvanian should ever be made to feel unwelcome in our commonwealth because of their race or ethnicity. Gisele Fetterman spends much of her time devoted to making our state and world a better place, and she — and every Pennsylvanian — deserves our respect, not the hatred too often displayed by people who seek only to further divide this country at a time when unity is so desperately needed.”
State troopers are now investigating the matter.