A California mom was out on a coffee run with her child when she was attacked verbally by a Playa Vista resident.
Belinda Panelo, 44, had just parked on a public street on Tuesday when she was approached by an angered woman, according to ABC13.
The mom said the woman made a number of racist comments towards her and her son, including calling them “subhuman.” That’s when she decided to film the confrontation.
In Panelo’s video, the woman tells the mom:
“What are you? He doesn’t even look human. We don’t want you here. This is our street. Leave us alone… We pay $10,000 a month to keep you out.”
The mom said she remained calm because she knew her child was watching. Panelo explained:
“Because inside, you know, you want to react a certain way, but you’re going to have to, like, keep it together.”
She hopes that her calm reaction was a teaching moment for her child, adding:
“You’re trying to model the behavior that you want your child to. You’d hope that in a situation that your child would react in a respectful way, maintaining their dignity but while still standing up for themselves.”
Despite the woman’s hostility towards Panelo, the mom said she’s not placing judgment on the Playa Vista resident or others from the neighborhood.
She told ABC13:
“I will not have one incident make me think that everybody who was in that neighborhood was like that, because it’s not fair to generalize. And we don’t know if someone is suffering, if they have health issues.”
Panelo said she had a discussion about race with her son after the incident.
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