The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force has launched an investigation after a white woman threw a bottle and yelled a racial slur at a Black woman jogging in a Queens neighborhood. Tiffany Johnson came forward about the attack after she realized an onlooker had filmed the incident. The frightening footage has since gone viral on social media.
“She was so loud and aggressive,” Johnson recalled during an interview with ABC 7. “She did call me the n-word, and I mean I’m not an n-word — none of us are — but the reality is that this woman felt that she needed me to be that and I would just say that she needs to look into herself as to why.”
Thankfully, Johnson wasn't injured in the attack. She said the woman continued following and yelling at her even after the video ends.
“She followed me up the block,” the 37-year-old said. “[She] was screaming, ‘Get out of here, go back to Africa, n-word.’”
Johnson hasn’t been back to the area since and reported the incident after she realized there was video evidence. NYPD officials tweeted about the ongoing investigation and asked for witnesses to come forward to identify the suspect — described as a white woman with blonde hair — who is wanted for assault.
Johnson has received an outpouring of support from the community since the attack, especially from the group Black Girls Run.
“We’re really resilient as women,” Johnson told New York Daily News. “We’re soulful. As women of color, we’re deep thinkers. We stick together as women of color. We know that these people exist. We rise above them. We don’t let them drag us down. We just keep moving forward, as I did in that video.”
See video of the attack and Johnson’s Facebook post about the incident below.