Is Donald Trump inspiring a feminist outbreak among racist white women?
Given the number of stories recently about white women taking aggressive action to display their vilest antagonism toward people of color, one must wonder if Trump’s ascendancy and his subsequent assault on civil norms have emboldened these women to summon the strength to emulate his behavior.
There was the woman who called the police on the African American family holding a barbecue in a park in Oakland. Then there was the woman who summoned the authorities over the dastardly crime committed by an 8-year-old black girl selling bottled water in front of her own house.
Now comes a report about a South Carolina woman who seems to have missed the news about segregation and discrimination no longer being allowed at public pools and acted like she was the enforcer of Jim Crow regulations out of the 1950’s.
That behavior — and the assault she committed on both a 15-year-old black teen and the police officers who responded to the incident — landed Stephanie Sebby-Strempel in jail at the Dorchester County Detention Center, according to a report by ABC affiliate WCIV-TV.
The incident began on Sunday, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, when Sebby-Strempel told a group of children who had been invited to the neighborhood community pool by a friend who lived nearby that “they did not belong at the pool, and they had to leave.”
Witness reports say that the group was respectful and responded with “yes, ma’am” when asked to leave, but that “Sebby-Strempel continued antagonizing the kids as they left, calling them “punks,” and using racial slurs against them.”
Apparently, that was not enough for the newly alpha woman who then proceeded to start hitting one in the group, with her attack on a 15-year-old boy captured on video as evidence. According to the sheriff’s office, the full video shows Sebby-Strempel hitting her victim at least three times as he exited the pool area.
Investigators determined that Sebby-Strempel was the aggressor in this unprovoked assault and that the victim “didn’t respond or retaliate to being hit,” despite the woman’s efforts to trigger a reaction.
The victim was checked out by emergency medical personnel and determined to require no immediate care, but when deputies showed up on Monday at Sebby-Strempel’s home to charge and arrest her for the assault, her violent tendencies erupted again.
“According to the sheriff’s office, Sebby-Strempel pushed one detective into a wall, injuring his knee, and then bit a second detective on the arm, breaking the skin.”
Now the self-appointed pool monitor is scheduled to appear in front of a magistrate for a bail hearing today on one count of third-degree assault and two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer.
While it’s fairly reasonable to believe that this type of incident had been happening on an isolated basis prior to President Trump taking office, the number and frequency of open displays of racism have certainly increased as citizens feel like they no longer have to behave any better than the man they elected to the White House, a man whose support for white supremacist groups and attacks on immigrants and people of color continue unabated.
You can watch a video clip of the pool portion of the multiple assaults committed by Stephanie Sebby-Strempel in the excerpt below.
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