A motorist was caught on video berating an Arab Uber driver while their cars paused at a stoplight in Astoria, Queens on Thursday, calling him a “fucking sand nigger” and telling him he would be deported under Donald Trump’s administration.
“You’re not even from here, motherfucker,” the man, who is white, can be heard yelling at the Uber driver in video obtained by the Washington Post.
In his 40-second long, profanity-laced rant, the man also calls the driver a “fucking loser” and a “terrorist.”
“Trump is president, asshole, so you can kiss your fucking visa goodbye, scumbag,” he yells in the video. “We’ll deport you soon. Don’t worry, you fucking terrorist.”
The recipient of the verbal abuse remained silent during the stream of attacks, which he filmed on his cell phone camera. Shortly after the incident, he showed the video to a passenger, St. Johns University adjunct professor Chris Cody, when the two struck up a friendly conversation in Arabic.
Cody said the driver told him only his first name, Mohammed, and said that he moved to New York City from Morocco about six or seven years ago. He told the Post that he convinced Mohammed, who was hesitant about reporting the incident to police, to send him the video.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented 701 incidents of intimidation and harassment since Election Day, although not all of the attackers explicitly mentioned Trump and some of the reports could not be independently verified. Schools and houses of worship have been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, Muslim women have had their hijabs pulled off, and immigrants and racial minorities have been subject to verbal and physical attacks.
The Post’s video of the Queens incident is below, and an uncensored version was posted online by Cody’s friend Karim Metwaly, a YouTube actor.