The latest white lady to call the authorities on some people of color just trying to live their lives is complaining that she’s “scared” for her “safety” after being widely roasted on social media. Taco Truck Tammy, actual name Valerie, gave an interview to local ABC channel WFAA in which she called her “comment” about calling ICE on Latinx individuals trying to make a living “unfortunate.”
”It was an unfortunate comment. I mean, I wish I’d used my words better.” https://t.co/oNMYXGzN0I— WFAA (@wfaa) April 10, 2019
”You know what, it was unfortunate,” she said. “It’s taught me to watch my words, maybe a little more carefully.”
Maybe? Did it teach you to consider that it might be inappropriate and racist to threaten to call immigration authorities because you assume anyone who works in a taco truck must be undocumented? Not to mention the fact that no one deserves to be deported for trying to sell some tacos, no matter how annoying that might be to you.
According to Tammy/Valerie, she lost her cool because nearby construction had been loud while she was trying to sell her house, and the taco truck was “honking.”
“There’s all the honking going on with the taco truck. There’s the hammering, and the beeping, and the sawing, and everything else. I just walked out and I said, ‘You guys can’t be here. This is a residential area, you guys need to move.’ It was probably that curt.”
That bit of curtness was not the problem, however. The reason people are upset is because she said “Ok babygirl, vamanos” to one of the taco truck vendors, and when the woman replied “I’m not your babygirl,” because that’s a condescending and infantilizing thing to say to someone, Tammy/Valerie threatened to call ICE.
The right thing to do now would be to apologize to the people you threatened, not looking for sympathy because now people are justifiably mad at you on the internet.
Also, people are not sympathetic.
To her, it is only “unfortunate” because she got called out for it.— Jlyne Hanback (@msretro) April 10, 2019
Whomp, Whomp...better the words were never uttered..and preserved on every platform.— Beth-Ane Dorst (@Tat2edGran) April 10, 2019
She only "regrets" because she's being called out— Rainey Scribbles (@RaineyScribbles) April 10, 2019
She knew exactly what she was saying and she meant it, she feels guilty because she was caught and she expects comfort not backlash.— Shalawnie (@f3048burner) April 10, 2019
"MAYBE a little more carefully" AKA "at least when a phone is out recording me"— X (@Xtina908) April 10, 2019
To watch her words but not to rethink her attitude. Typical.— tiff (@tanzitiff) April 10, 2019
Only apologizing and changing story AFTER the video came out. Racist got caught. Life ruined. Time to move OUT OF TEXAS! Head south!— kobiyashi NOT maru (@theOtherKOBI) April 10, 2019
"Im not sorry I'm racist. I'm just sorry I was caught on tape being racist."— TheNihilistEnthusiast (@NihiEnthusiast) April 10, 2019
It makes me sick this happened in Lakewood. East Dallas is amazing because of its diversity. Plus, I don't believe her excuse...we've all had to deal with sewer/gas line updates & street closures, but the rest of us didn't act like racist jerks. https://t.co/k6bZ6vp61M— Allyson Joule ???️? (@ajewella) April 11, 2019
Whatever happened to people minding their own business? https://t.co/j7pLdMynSY— Texxx-Man Cosplay (@texxxmancosplay) April 11, 2019
Shame ?— Alma Slabber (@almaslabber) April 10, 2019
The worst thing about this story is it's about how bad 'Valerie' feels about her 'unfortunate' choice of words and doesn't pay any attention to the people who had to deal with a woman screaming racist things at them.— Geoffrey (@TheGeoffey) April 11, 2019
You're better than this, @WFAAhttps://t.co/ZJCB1xdq9A
If you don't want to be harassed, stop being racist. https://t.co/ltzJxFfEaU— Carolina Workers Collective (@WorkersCarolina) April 10, 2019
Y’all. I’m really sensitive to noise. It makes me crazy. It has even made my nerves so frazzled that I have yelled at someone (ask Jordan) but never have I yelled anything racist ever. “It was an unfortunate comment.” No. Tammy. It was racist. Period. https://t.co/1yIZw2wZPI— Queen Darci ❤️?⚽️?? (@queendarci) April 10, 2019
Yeah, now that you've probably lost your job and most of your friends you regret your actions. DUMBASS! https://t.co/0apRJubDBO— Nick Varga (@Karaoke_God) April 10, 2019
In a glorious bit of irony, Tammy’s home was dropped from real estate listings by her listing agent. Now she’ll be stuck with the construction she blamed for her racist actions even longer!