As most of you already know, my wife, Sophia, and I were grocery shopping and speaking privately to one another, in Greek. As our viral video demonstrated, a lady started harassing us and yelling at us to “Speak F**king English, This is America!” If you haven’t already seen the video, you can find it at the end of this post. But frankly, we don’t want to make this about us. There’s a bigger story here, and its one of bravery.
There were about 10-15 people around us; however NO ONE felt the need to speak up or to intervene. I didn’t feel too threatened; however, what if Sophia were there alone? Or even worse, alone with our kids? All too often I feel like incidents oh harassment occur and more people choose to look the other way rather than help.
Because of that, both Sophia and I feel the store manager deserves a reward. A HUGE reward. She went above and beyond and we need to show the world that these kinds of people are amazing citizens! So what’s our idea? Let’s send her to Greece!!! The very country of origin of the family she defended. We might as well make something good come of all this. And frankly, we’d prefer to put the focus on her actions because we need more people like her around.
We setup a GoFundMe campaign to try and make this happen. PLEASE, step up and make your voices heard with $5 or $10. She’s more than deserving and its a great way to make a positive out of all this negativity. Here’s the link to the GoFundMe page:
We promise to be 100% transparent by posting EVERY single receipt, and 100% of the proceeds will be turned over to the manager in the form of a trip to Greece. If for some reason there’s any money left over or she does not accept the gift, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a charity or non-profit fighting racism and/or xenophobia in the United States, or even returned if necessary.
Thanks everyone! Much love.❤
So this just happened…
Sophia and I were in line at the market, and naturally, speaking Greek. Out of nowhere this lady behind us decides to give us a modern history lesson and tells us, “Speak F*@king English, this is America.” Furthermore, she demonstrated her well-versed use of the English language by using every swear word to describe us and how we don’t belong here. Imagine if we were with our kids.
Huge props to the manager for kicking her xenophobic, racist ass out. I only caught the tail-end on video, but you’ll get the point.
Seriously. This. Just. Happened. It’s 2017. #SMH
Posted by Thanasi Papoulias on Saturday, January 14, 2017