A viral video on Instagram shows two women being booed on the streets of downtown Los Angeles after they dressed up as Ku Klux Klan members for Halloween.
Racist women get KKK mask snatched off them and ran out of #DTLA #share #Melaninispowerful “THIS SHIT ISN’T FUNNY” I said nigga so much cause I was so mad I couldn’t think I’m not a bully nor am I a killer but this type of shit needs to stop, before somebody gets killed or we start a riot as people. Last night Two Mexican women walked down the streets of LA wearing KU KLUX KLAN outfits thinking shit was funny and “allegedly trying to scare ppl” so we snatched their mask off and had a little conversation… this isn’t just disrespectful to black ppl but all people who fought for our rights this is disrespectful to our people my people your people(to The women). “The same people you two are supporting is the same folks supporting deportation of your ppl and your walking #DTLA To “scare people” “ she goes on to say “I am right and I should be mad” that’s the moment I could’ve and should’ve knocked her ass out but unfortunately we would’ve been the ones behind bars for being black in America and fighting the same fight out ancestry fought, we didn’t put our hands on them, we took those mask off and kindly escorted them out of LA.. We didn’t do this for clout, we did this to for our respect don’t play like this ppl of America cause this generation isn’t gonna let that shit go down! #racist #melaninispowerful #love #energy #bestfriendgoals #trumpsupporters #view #likes @theshaderoom @worldstar @blklivesmatter #theshaderoom #wshh indigenous justice is environmental justice
The women are seen at the beginning of the video in cone-shaped white hoods and robes like the ones worn by KKK members. One of the women wears a blood drop cross, which has been classified by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate symbol.
The three-minute clip starts with a person in a green hoodie and face mask demanding the two women take off their KKK hoods. “Take it off! Take it off!” the person says while others remove the women’s hoods.
Billy CEO said in the Instagram video caption that she didn’t want to be violent because that would only cause more trouble.
“Unfortunately we would’ve been the ones behind bars for being Black in America and fighting the same fight out ancestry fought, we didn’t put our hands on them, we took those mask off and kindly escorted them out of LA,” she wrote.
Later in the video, the two women are followed by the crowd to a smoke shop, and an argument ensues at the shop’s entrance.
One of the women in a KKK costume is seen trying to engage in the conversation and tries to hug the person in the green hoodie. Later in the video, when another person asks the woman to apologize to the crowd, she appears to shake her head.
According to Billy CEO’s post, the women were Mexican. Many commenters expressed their anger over the racist costumes.
“As a Mexican woman I just wanna apologize for the stupidity/ignorance and shame these two brought upon us,” one user said.
“What in the ENTIRE FUCK… and they’re brown congrats to y’all for not knocking they asses out cause baby listen,” wrote entertainer Kelz Washington.
“Viewers are left wondering how anyone, especially Latinas, could think dressing like that was funny,” Yvette Montoya wrote of the incident on Hip Latina. “This is forever and always inappropriate and disgusting. It’s even more shocking that this would happen in LA.”
The incident sparked conversations on anti-Blackness in communities of color.
“We must address this anti-blackness before we proclaim POC solidarity because then shit like this happens,” Green Box Shop, an activist apparel Instagram page, wrote in a post with the video on Tuesday.
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