Racist Woman Attacks Minority Women On Bus, Heroic Driver Saves The Day

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Mr. Trump’s violent rhetoric has ultimately fueled a climate of hatred and anti-Semitism across the United States. According to David N Myers, a professor of Jewish history at the University of California, Los Angeles:

‘He has dramatically elevated the level of rhetorical tension in ways that do not discourage people from acting out their terrifying views.’

Sadly, this dangerous tone seems to be transcending our borders as well. On Thursday, two indigenous women, one of which was pregnant, were riding a bus in Edmonton, Canada, when they encountered a violent woman yelling racist remarks at them. The ETS bus driver finally stepped in and booted the woman off the bus.

Dalen Cardinal, who takes the bus to school everyday, said:

‘She started to antagonize my eight-months-pregnant friend. She was calling her fat — a fat Indian. Saying we belong at the shelter because we’re no good for nothing Indians. Stereotyping us – saying we live off the government and at least she didn’t get pregnant young.’

Cardinal asked her stop, but the woman ignored her request so she began videotaping. The woman in the video said:

‘At least I didn’t get knocked up.’

Cardinal responded with:

‘Well that’s sad for you. I’m really happy.’

Then another passenger said:

‘It’s none of your *** business who supports who.’

The situation began to escalate and the bus driver said:

‘If you’re going to talk like that you need to get off this bus.’

The woman continued to make hateful remarks and at the next stop, the driver got up and approached her. He calmly said:

‘You know what? You can go wait for another bus.’

The woman stood up and walked toward the back doors while yelling at the other passengers. As of Friday night, the video had received 150,000 views on Facebook.

Cardinal says she went home and burst into tears after the horrible ordeal. She said:

‘I’m thankful the bus driver and the other elderly lady had stepped in, because I don’t know what would have happened if they weren’t there.’

Cardinal’s six-month old son was with her in his stroller. She said:

‘It still really hurts my feelings. I’m really hurt that it happened to me and my son had to be there.’

Cardinal is still very traumatized from the event and says she is scared to take the bus again. She did not attend school on Friday.

ETS spokesperson Rowan Anderson issued a statement saying the company does not tolerate racism toward drivers or passengers:

‘In a typical situation an operator would call for assistance and security resources would be dispatched and they would resolve the issue. But obviously in this case he felt his safety wasn’t in jeopardy and he wasn’t going to tolerate this behaviour any longer.’

Recently, drivers have been taking de-escalation training and this driver took matters into his own hands. Anderson said:

‘We’re proud of our operator. He made a judgment call that he had heard enough and he gave the woman a fair warning,’

Cardinal also felt the driver handled the situation in the best possible way and said:

‘He really took into consideration that we’re human too and that shouldn’t be happening, not just to First Nations people — but to anybody.’

She said she would love to reconnect with the driver and other passenger who came to her aid. She said:

‘I wish I could thank them in person.’

Twitter came to the support of Cardinal as well:

 

Featured image is a screenshot from Global Edmonton

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