By Bassel Barakat
A video showed public school employee yelling at Muslim woman in the street while the public worker’s 8-year-old daughter watched.
Hudson County View shared the video on Tuesday which shows the public servant calling a woman, who was wearing a hijab, “retarded” and told her many times to “go back to your country.” The dispute was over a parking slot.
“I said sorry and she still complaining!” the woman shouts.
The school did not comment over the incident while a request was sent to the school district on Tuesday.
Tanya Parker, the school worker, told Hudson County View that the dispute happened in February.
“She kept putting her phone in my face and the action didn’t stop. If someone’s not respecting you, how would you react? This (situation), it doesn’t make sense to me,” Parker was quoted as saying.
The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Tuesday said authorities should investigate the incident as a possible hate crime, New Jersey 101.5 reported.
“Hateful acts of verbal abuse such as those allegedly carried out in Jersey City in February should not be tolerated,” CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues said in a prepared statement. “We expect local law enforcement to conduct a full investigation and determine the appropriate action. Unfortunately, we are once again reminded of the poisonous political atmosphere that divides this country along religious and ethnic lines.”