Video has surfaced of a man verbally assaulting a Texas woman for speaking Spanish with her mother at a restaurant last Friday.
Jasmin Nolan, of El Paso, Texas, began recording the altercation on her cell phone when the man told her and her mother “this is America” and to “speak English” after overhearing their conversation. Nolan, who is bilingual, is immediately heard defending herself.
“Why can’t you speak English?” the man is heard telling her.
“Oh I can — I can speak English and Spanish,” she replies. “I’m bilingual and in this country I can speak whatever language I want,” Nolan responds, adding that the man is drinking a beer outside.
“You’re not even supposed to be having that open container,” she says.
The man then tells Nolan that he is a veteran suffering from PTSD. Nolan responds telling him that her husband is in the military and deployed while their conversation gets more heated. She told ABC-7 that the whole situation “was very upsetting.”
“These things happen all over the US, but just the fact that it happened here in my hometown — we’re a border city — it’s a very bilingual city. It was just infuriating.”
The woman also spoke on her husband, who she says was proud of her for she handled the man’s comments.
“My husband doesn’t speak Spanish. We come from very different cultures. He’s from Wisconsin,” Nolan said. “He was very proud of me for standing up to [the man in the video]. He thought that this man was completely wrong.
Cracker Barrel later released a statement clarifying their beliefs of “fairness” and “equal treatment of all people.”
“We at Cracker Barrel are governed by our mission of Pleasing People,” the statement read. “In the spirit of those two simple words, we operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are at the core of our corporate culture and evident in our stores. We respect all individuals regardless of who they are or what they believe and we require the same mutual respect amongst our employees, guests and vendors.”
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