– This is the 7th in the Soon to be Award Winning Series of “XXXX” While Black in America”. Previous editions documented “Baby Sitting While Black”, “Black and Living in a Luxury Condo”, “Gardening While Black”, “Cashing a Check While Black”, “Wrestling While Black”, and “Calling While Black”
– In this edition, “Waiting For AAA While Black” describes another head-shaking confrontation.
Two Black Women, Chele Garris and her sister Leisa Garris, were waiting for AAA when a White Woman, Susan Westwood, approached them in a dark parking lot in Charlotte, NC. White Woman Westwood proceeded to rant a racially-tinged message straight out of the Jim Crow era. Younger subscribers to Sarkes Corner may need to Google “Jim Crow Era” to understand.
The two Black Women are residents of an apartment complex in one of the city’s most exclusive White neighborhoods. White Woman Westwood said: “This is Myers Park. What are you doing hanging out here on a Friday night?” Westwood went on to say “I am white and hot. So what are you doing here?” Of course, this last quote made no sense. The attached picture validates that racist Westwood is, indeed, White.
Black Woman Garris’s night had started to sour even before Westwood sauntered up. She was visiting her Black sister, Leisa, but when she went to go home, her car would not start. The Black Sisters got on the phone with AAA, but the call was interrupted by White Woman Westwood’s meandering tirade.
The Black Garris Sisters used their cellphone to record the moment while waiting for a tow truck.
But the Garris sisters’ encounter went beyond an uncomfortable moment for a Black person in a public space, as White Woman Westwood escalated to profanity, racial stereotypes then threats.
First White Woman Westwood asked, “Is your boyfriend here? Is your baby daddy here?” Repeatedly, White Woman Westwood raised her cellphone in a mocking tone: “Mmm, girl girl, I got you. I got you girl, girl.” White Woman Westwood demanded to know where the Black women lived and screamed, “You’re not going to sell drugs here!”
Finally, White Woman Westwood warned the Black Sisters that it could be dangerous hanging out in the mostly white neighborhood.
Of course, White Woman Westwood claims that: “I am NOT a Racist”. Of course she is not a Racist, who would expect 2 Black Women to live in a Luxury Apartment in a Lily White Neighborhood. Again, none of the White people in these “XXXX” While Black in America” are Racist………Hmmmmmmmmmmm, Sarkes sees a trend here.
Alas, things did not work out so well for White Woman Westwood. She was fired from her job at Spectrum and faces criminal charges after video footage, taken by the Black Sisters, showed her drunkenly shouting racist abuse at two black sisters.
When asked about the incident, a Spokesperson for AAA stated: “AAA was not involved in the incident between Susan Westwood and the Garris sisters, Chele and Leisa. AAA provides a wide range of high quality Travel, Insurance, and Roadside Assistance services. AAA is also an equal opportunity employer.”