Today in Racist Videos

A white woman from Hingham, MA, (Wait, that’s a few towns from where I live) goes on a racist tirade against a black postal carrier and then slaps him (in the second video). Allegedly, he lost his job because of this. No charges were brought against the lady for Assault & Battery.

Here is reddit’s thread on this so far (Almost 3,000 comments at this point). I’ll post more details on this as they come to light.

Update:

From Boston.cbslocal.com:

HINGHAM (CBS) — A racially-charged video has gone viral, and a former Hingham mailman says it cost him his job.

Postal worker Hugson Jean made sure his cell phone camera was rolling when a customer launched into a tirade.

“No one would believe me if I didn’t do this,” he told WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano.

The video has now been seen by tens of thousands of people nationwide. Jean, 48, took it with his cell phone last October when he tried to deliver a certified letter to Hingham resident Erika Winchester.

In the video Winchester is heard swearing and using racial epithets. He says she knew he was recording her and when Jean asks Winchester, “Why call me the “n” name?” Winchester responds, “Because you’re acting like a moron.”

Jean also says that Winchester slapped him so hard he had double vision. He says he couldn’t pull away because she was so close to his truck and now he claims the encounter cost him his job with the postal service.

“They just couldn’t do it based on my performance,” he said. “They tried to find other ways and finally they found a way.”

Jean claims he’d been subjected to verbal abuse from his supervisors because he was the only African American employed at the Hingham office. This video, he believes, shows him to be a troublemaker, not a victim, in their eyes.

But a statement from postal service says, “Let me assure you that the employee’s job status has nothing whatsoever to do with the video.”

According to Hingham Police Winchester was charged last year with assault and battery hate crime, but Hugson didn’t want to testify against her.

There’s a discrepancy in the case because Hugson says he was never notified and did want his day in court.

Pilots and passengers rail at new airport patdowns

From Reuters:

Some travelers are also livid about how children are being screened. During a trip last Sunday by a father and son through Orlando airport in Florida, the 8-year-old boy was selected for extra screening by TSA after going through the metal detector.

The father said the officer described the procedure before conducting it. Then he patted down the boy in the open security area, using the backside of his hands to check his genital area, he said.

“I didn’t think it was going to be as horrible as he was describing,” said the boy’s father, Bill, who works as a lobbyist in Washington and did not want his full name used.

“We spend my child’s whole life telling him that only mom, dad and a doctor can touch you in your private area, and now we have to add TSA agent and that’s just wrong,” he told Reuters. “At some point the terrorists have won.”

TSA defends the body scanners as safe and says the devices and friskings are key tools to help detect hidden explosives.

Amateur Photographer Captures a Grizzly Bear Chasing a Bison Down a Highway in Yellowstone


A series of 16 photos from Field and Stream of a bear chasing an injured bison right past an amateur photographer:

Alex Wypyszinski, a retired professor and amateur photographer, shot this amazing series of photos of a grizzly bear chasing down an injured bison when he stopped to take photos of geysers in Yellowstone National Park in May. We got the story from the man behind the camera, who works at a post office in the park during the summers.

(via Boing Boing)