(FreshAsFrankie) A Florida woman has become an internet sensation and is being called a hero by many after video of her serving a whopping to an racist in a Coral Springs hotel lobby went viral.
A recording of the Tuesday [August 22] incident shows Summer Cortts, 39, taunting 23-year-old Colleen Dagg as Dagg goes taking her shoes off in preparation for a physical confrontation with the woman. According to Dagg, she had confronted Cortts about her racial insensitivity after overhearing her stereotype a group of Haitian boys she saw running out of an elevator, and then seeing her demean a Black security guard in the La Quinta lobby. Cortts was suggesting that an employee clean up some water that was spilled on the floor, stating “You know how these Haitian people are.” Dagg then became further incensed when Cortts smugly asked why she was worried about it if she herself isn’t Haitian.
Cortts appeared extremely eager to scrap with Dagg, bending low and getting in her face at one point in the video. She would regret that she did so when in a flash Dagg sprung to her feet and began wailing on her until the guard separated the two. After the fight was broken up Cortts began threatening to call the police. Ironically, it would be Cortts who paid the legal price, as she’s been charged with disorderly conduct and inciting an affray.
In the aftermath of the incident, Dagg would receive high praise for sticking up for the Black/Haitian guests. The next day she’d take to social media to explain what triggered her, in a post she also used to articulate how racism played into the scenario.
“This is a 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 for the right reasons. There were 2 examples of 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,” Dagg wrote.
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