The View Co-Host Sunny Hostin Was Racially Harassed In Historically Black Hamptons Community On July 4th
On Monday, The View co-host Sunny Hostin shared that she, along with friends and family, were racially harassed on July 4th…in a historically black beachfront community, of all places.
The 49-year-old said that a bunch of “kids” ran across their property in Sag Harbor Hills, NY and yelled out the n-word. They also said things like, “This is America. We are patriots. This is our holiday.”
“My family, as I said, have rented this house in a predominantly African American community. It has real history — it’s the only place that blacks were allowed to buy beachfront property in the country — and so it’s the most-owned African American beachfront property in the country,” she said.
“We were there celebrating and some kids, about 20 of them, ran in front of our home and started yelling the N-word at us. And I have a video of sort of the aftermath when we realized they were targeting us,” she continued.
On the video, Hostin asks a young man and a young woman if they were the ones yelling the n-word. They deny doing so, but the young woman admitted that it was said “by someone else.”
In an interview with Inside Edition, Hostin expressed how hurt she was by the incident. For a Black woman to be in a historically Black community, she expected that space to be safe.
“…They sought us out in an African-American community that is supposed to be our haven, where we bring our families and our children, and they were ugly, and they were hate-filled. And that is inexcusable,” she declared.
After Hostin shared her story, co-host Meghan McCain made a solid point that those “kids” were not of a certain generation that doesn’t know any better.
“We’re not talking about old people who grew up in a different time in the deep south. You’re talking about East Coast, young people,” McCain said.
While it doesn’t shock me that white people would go out of their way to harass black folks in supposedly liberal states (see: BBQ Becky or Permit Patty), it takes a special kind of racist audacity to do it in a community full of black people.
Hostin did file a report with the local police, so let’s see what becomes of it.
You can watch her story below.
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