A realtor in Plano, Texas, has been charged with making terroristic threats and assault after hurling racist insults at a group of Indian women in the parking lot of the Sixty Vines wine bar.
For reasons that remain unclear, Esmerelda Upton, 58, accosted four Indian women and began screeching racial slurs, the Daily Mail reports.
“We don’t want you here!” Texas realtor Esmeralda Upton, 58, goes into racist rant against four Indian women outside a Plano, Texas bar and restaurant. Upton was arrested and charged with assault and making a terroristic threat. pic.twitter.com/L7fBvtL5tU
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“I hate these f****** Indians,” she can be heard ranting in a video, calling the women “f***ing curry-ass** b****es.”
“If things were so great in your country,” Upton states, “why did you come here?”
In response to the attack, one of the women began filming the encounter.
Upton can be seen lunging for one of the women in what appears to be an attempt to yank her phone from her hands. Another dials the police.
The woman tells the authorities that a white woman in a black dress is attacking her and her friends.
Her race misidentified, Upton becomes incensed.
“No, I’m not white. I’m Mexican,” she yells. “And I paid my f***ing way here.”
“These f***ing Indians, they come to America because they want a better life,” she raged. “I hate these f****** Indians. I’m a Mexican-American. I was born here. Were you born here? The way you speak.”
“Everywhere I f****** go, you Indians are f****** everywhere,” she spewed.
A racist woman in Texas harasses a group of Indian people just for having accents.
This behavior is absolutely repulsive. pic.twitter.com/ZvX3mdQ6Wm
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) August 25, 2022
One of Upton’s targets corrected the unhinged realtor, telling her that she is, in fact, a naturalized citizen.
“You’re a naturalized citizen,” Upton mocked. “You are not a born-and-raised American.”
Upton appeared to walk her hatred back, offering her hand and saying to one of the women, “Ma’am, I am sorry. You know what? Peace.”
But when the woman left her hand hanging, Upton shot back, “Well, you know what? F**k you.”
At one point, the woman on the phone becomes more alarmed and asks that the police hurry.
“I’m not going to hurt you guys,” Upton states. “Look at me, I am all of 100 pounds. And you guys weigh well over 200 pounds.”
She then warned the woman, “Stop filming me or I will break your f***ing camera!”
“Oh my God, she’s reaching into her bag,” the woman on the phone reports to police. “Please come here quickly!”
The City of Plano issued a press release about the incident, which is now being investigated as a possible hate crime.
“Upon officers arrival, several women advised that they had been assaulted by another woman at the location,” the release reads. “Based on witness statements, the officer completed an offense report for Assault Bodily Injury (a Class A Misdemeanor) and Terroristic Threads (a class B Misdemeanor).”
Upton is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.
On Thursday, August 25, 2022, at approximately 3:50 p.m., Plano Police Detectives arrested Esmeralda Upton of Plano on one charge of Assault Bodily Injury and one for Terroristic Threats and is being held on a total bond amount of $10,000. A jail photo is attached. pic.twitter.com/cEj9RwWdt1
— Plano Police (Texas) (@PlanoPoliceDept) August 25, 2022
Rani Banerjee, one of the Indian women who filmed the altercation, stated that she has been living in the Dallas area for 29 years, adding, “never have I felt so humiliated, threatened, and scared for my life.”
“Can’t believe this is what America has become,” she said.
In an interview with the local CBS affiliate, the ladies recounted their ordeal.
“Our entire sense of safety was shattered with this incident,” one of the women said. “I felt extremely humiliated that this could have happened in a place like this.”
“In one word,” said another, “we were terrified.”
“It hurts you real bad,” she added.
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