July 5, 2020

White couple calls Mexican American ‘criminal,’ blocks him from his building

A white couple blocked a young Mexican American man from entering the San Francisco apartment complex where he lives in, saying “they would not let a criminal into their complex as they needed to protect it.”

Michael Barajas, a UC-Berkeley graduate and a community educator for a biopharmaceutical company, tried to park his car in the apartment complex’s garage Tuesday night when the driver in front of him refused to pull forward.

Barajas, 28, told NBC’s Bay Area affiliate KNTV that the situation kept escalating and turned dramatic when the white man in the car got aggressive, which prompted him to start recording.

“Given the current political climate, and certainly I’m Mexican American, and that rhetoric of us being criminals, it just hit hard, it hit close to home,” Barajas told KNTV.

The white man claimed Barajas was trespassing and threatened to call police.

“That’s fine. Call the cops. Why are you even calling the cops about, Karen?” the video shows Barajas responding.

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