DALY CITY, CA — A racist encounter took place Saturday afternoon at a Lucky’s supermarket in Daly City.
The Vela family said it was a routine grocery trip, when all of a sudden this woman appeared in line behind them at the checkout.
“Out of nowhere she was like, ‘Oriental people here? You guys are making the streets dirty.’ And I was like ‘Hold on, if she talking about us right now?’ Because I couldn’t believe it,” said Jenny Vela.
Alfred, a Mexican-American, and Jenny, a Filipina-American, said that despite growing up in a diverse place like Daly City, they were shocked at this time of discrimination.
“It’s not right that we have to put up with this type of bigotry, racism, prejudice behavior especially coming from an elderly woman.”
As of this broadcast — the video has been viewed over half a million times and shared 152 times.
“We’re thankful that everyone is able to see this. And we have a community that supports us and loves us.”
“I just want to thank everyone for sharing it, commenting. Because it’s a conversation that needs to be had.”
Fil-Am Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo says she was shocked and disappointed to see a hateful attack like this in her city.
“Hearing the racial slurs and also the anti-immigrant sentiment was something I would have never expected at a local grocery store we all go to. People in our community need to know that this is something the city of Daly City or myself, as mayor, do not condone.”
Manalo cites a resolution Daly City passed last year to ensure inclusion of all people while denouncing racism and bigotry.
After speaking with the police chief, Mayor Manalo says that incidents of racism and hate are not typical for Daly City.
“There hasn’t been a rise in that, thankfully. I hope that this is an isolated incident but for the courage of this family to share what has happened is really important.”
At Manalo’s request, the Vela family will be welcomed at the city council meeting so that leaders can recognize them for their bravery, and to ensure that they have the council’s support.