A trip to the Sesame Place water park in Langhorne, Penn. turned violent when a white woman wearing a black swimsuit was caught on video cursing at other guests before grabbing the phone of the woman filming her racist tirade, reports CBS Philadelphia.
Zafirah Moore says she started recording the incident with her cellphone after she says the woman told her to “go back to where you came from.”
Moore was with her two children at the family park on Monday when a woman in line started cursing at some kids in front of her.
When Moore asked the woman to stop using swear words in front of her children, the woman then allegedly told Moore to “go back to where you came from,” and then waved her middle finger in her face.
AND then there is this… @shaunking @TheRoot @_SJPeace_ @yashar @Christie_Ileto @abgutman @balleralert @BrookeOnAir @PhillyNewsGuy Since this was shared on IG @SesamePlace did issue a statement… However, let’s make this woman famous. #sesamesusan video courtesy of @hairking_d pic.twitter.com/bkG03CWsjh
— Antoine Johnson (@HouseofTalentPa) August 7, 2019
Moore, who was raised in West Philadelphia, says she was wearing her Muslim garb at the park while with her kids and she feels the woman’s remarks are racist.
“I just want to tell her that I’m a person. I don’t look like everyone else, I don’t dress like everyone else, but I am a person. You can’t just go around saying anything to anybody. It was no need to say that to me,” Moore said.
“Of course I would forgive her. I’m not holding a grudge. I just want her to learn from her actions and I don’t want her to do this to anyone else,” she said.
Moore added the woman may be “piggybacking” on President Donald Trump’s recent remarks.
“I don’t know her. I can’t say why she did what she did, but she did what she did and she needs to realize it’s not OK,” she said.
Sesame Place tells CBS Philadelphia that the woman was kicked out of the park and is not allowed to return.
“Sesame Place only welcomes tolerance, love and respect for others. Earlier this week, a park guest that did not live up to those values was promptly and decisively removed from our park. She has been permanently banned from returning, and contrary to rumors, she was not given tickets to return to the park. A video of the incident has since been posted on social media. Creating safe and inclusive experiences for all guests – especially children and their parents – is our top priority. The Sesame Place family deeply regrets that any park guest would have this kind of experience in our park. It runs counter to everything we stand for. We are in contact with the affected guests and are working to ensure they feel welcomed and safe at Sesame Place,” the park said in a statement.
Moore says she still wants to press charges against her attacker.