Footage has gone viral of Florida resident Colleen Dagg fighting another woman in a hotel lobby for making racist remarks about Haitians.
The video was originally shared by a person called ‘Austin’ who has since deleted the post. The racist woman (in the blue dress) can be seen getting physically aggressive towards Colleen, before Colleen snaps and proceeds to hit her back.
According to ‘Austin’:
Ok so lady in the blue sundress said something super racist about how “you know these Haitians” and sis in the gray was not having it. She then lied to the police and said the other girl started it, when everything was caught on video.”
You can watch the violent altercation for yourself below:
For those who have asked, here's the full video along with the original caption from Austin. He's since taken it off his feed. —-"Ok so lady in the blue sundress said something super racist about how "you know these Haitians" and sis in the gray was not having it."She then lied to the police and said the other girl started it, when everything was caught on video."
Posted by Blue Telusma on Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Colleen has been hailed as a hero for standing up against racism, and has since made the following statement on her Instagram page:
This is a young country, built on racism. Black people have been disenfranchised for over 250 years. The faster white people accept and validate the truth, the closer we’ll come to a place of peace and understanding.
Fighting racism is dependent upon using my white privilege in the video. The woman in the blue dress tried to use her white privilege on me, the fact that I’m white too must have slipped her mind. If you see it, say something.
It’s really that simple. Disclaimer; some people can’t handle the truth. Stay ready.
Colleen is getting plenty of positive support from well wishers on the internet.
One Instagram follower commented:
I am so against violence but I love what you did, thank you!
You give me hope that there’s good white American people out there. You are my #womancrusheveryday. Thank you and God bless you. I pray for people like you. You are a true testimony that he does answer prayers.
— Ke'shem Sadiq (@Kesadiq) August 24, 2017
Colleen Dagg IS the hero America needs https://t.co/6QxRmw3Wzo
— Terry Taylor (@theterrytaylor) August 24, 2017
— Didi Oh (@thedizz50) August 24, 2017
However, not everybody is Team Colleen. The racist woman in question in question is claiming she was three months pregnant at the time of the fight, and says Colleen is ‘going to jail’.
What do you think? Was Colleen justified in fighting the racist woman?
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.