“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin said that her family was “targeted” over the Fourth of July holiday with people yelling the “n-word” at them.
The comments came during a panel discussion Monday about how the co-hosts spent their holiday and week off from the show. Hostin explained that her family had rented a house on the beach in a predominantly black neighborhood, and during the fourth, a group of people ran by their home yelling the racist comment at them.
HARASSED FOR BEING BLACK: With a slew of similar disheartening stories making headlines, @sunny Hostin shares while on vacation with friends, a group of young people yelled the ‘n-word’ at them: “It was shocking that in this day and age that that happened to us in that place.” pic.twitter.com/aUad2z6oOa
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“We were there celebrating, and some kids — about 20 of them — ran in front of our home and started yelling the n-word at us,” Hostin shared.
She then showed home video of her family asking a group of kids if they knew who the culprits were after realizing the people were “targeting them.”
Prodded by Joy Behar, Hostin said the kids yelled, “This is America, we are patriots, this is our holiday — things like that.”
“You know, the African-American community does have this feeling … many of my friends included on July 4 — cause African Americans weren’t emancipated on July Fourth,” Hostin added. “So, they weren’t independent then. But this area is supposed to be a safe haven. It’s a place of pride, and we found out later they targeted us, specifically.”
“They came from outside the area,” she continued.
“They came from Jersey, some of them,” Whoopi Goldberg interjected.
The hosts then discussed if situations like what Hostin’s family experienced was a new or ongoing problem in America, and that’s when Behar jumped in and blamed it on “you know who.”
“A lot of this verbiage has been unleashed by certain individuals, and you know who they are,” Behar explained.
“We are Americans. We are all here together,” Goldberg then added. “You can yell the ‘n-word’ as much as you want, because it’s not going to change the fact that we’re here … This is our country, my friends. And you can yell as much as you want, and if you don’t know your homework, you kind of look a little stupid.”