- Chanda Stewart recorded a video of Nancy Goodman, who is white, calling a black woman a “stupid n—–” at a North Carolina restaurant on Tuesday.
- A reporter with WRAL, a local NBC affiliate, tracked down Goodman, who said she wouldn’t apologise to the women and would use the word again.
- Stewart told WRAL she was “still trying to wrap my head around it all,” adding: “It’s disheartening, it is. But this is the society that we’re living in right now.”
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A white woman who was caught on video calling a black woman a “stupid n—–” in an argument at a North Carolina restaurant said she’s not sorry and would use the word again.
Chanda Stewart told WRAL, a local NBC affiliate, that she was with two friends at the Bonefish Grill in North Hills on Tuesday when Nancy Goodman came over to complain that they were being too loud.
Stewart filmed Goodman as she complained about the group to a worker. She later posted the video on her Facebook page.
In the video, Goodman walks back over to the group’s table and says that she has “really good friends that are black, and I love them.”
“We never said anything about colour,” Stewart responds.
“You’re too loud,” Goodman says.
One of Stewart’s friends, Lakesha Shaw, moves toward her purse and says, “Let me show you my money. It’s just as green as yours.”
“Oh, you’re so stupid, n—–,” Goodman says before walking off.
Stewart’s video had been viewed more than 181,000 times on Facebook as of Thursday.
‘This is the society that we’re living in right now’
A WRAL reporter, Sarah Krueger, later tracked down Goodman, who lives in Raleigh.
Goodman told Krueger that she suffered from “tremendous anxiety” that caused her to lash out at the group and that she regretted not complaining to management first.
But Goodman said that she wouldn’t apologise to the women and that she would use the word again.
“I’m not going to say I’m sorry to them, because they kept pushing at it,” Goodman told Krueger. “And that’s all I’d really like to say.”
“What about your use of the n-word?” Krueger asked.
“I used that word because they forced me into it,” Goodman responded.
“Do you see how that’s incredibly offensive?” Krueger said.
“Yes, I do. That’s why I said it. I would say it again to them,” Goodman said.
Krueger also spoke with Stewart and Shaw about Goodman’s defence of her use of the word.
Stewart told WRAL that she was “still trying to wrap my head around it all,” adding: “It’s disheartening, it is. But this is the society that we’re living in right now.”
“I don’t care how you feel like we should have been acting,” Shaw said. “If I was standing on the table, with three heads, in a purple jumpsuit, nothing justified you to come to my table and call me a stupid n—–.”
A spokeswoman for the Bonefish Grill’s parent company said in a statement to WRAL that it was reviewing the incident, adding, “We do not tolerate hate speech or disrespect in our restaurants.”
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