A white woman who vowed to kill all Muslims in a recent Walmart parking lot altercation will lose her job, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
On Tuesday afternoon, 21-year-old Sarah Hassan was with her sister and friend in a parked car when they encountered Amber Elizabeth Hensley.
As Hassan later told WDAY6 News, Hensley approached the young women to complain about how close they had parked to her car. By Hassan’s account, Hensley made fun of the driver, Hassan’s sister Leyla, for having crossed eyes.
Things got ugly quickly, with Hensley telling Hassan — who is originally from Somalia — that “we’re gonna kill every one of you f*cking Muslims.”
When Hassan said that she would call the police, the Mapleton, North Dakota, resident responded, “Do you think the police care? Why are you in our country anyway?”
Eventually, the dispute ended — and then it went online.
Hassan — who told the Herald that the encounter scared her and that she felt the need to record the incident as evidence — then called the police. She showed them the video and license plate number while filing a report.
According to the Herald, police did not return any of Hassan’s calls that evening — perhaps proving Hensley right.
Nevertheless, Hassan and co shared the video with Hukun Dabar, executive director of Afro American Development Association, who proceeded to share the video on Facebook.
“No one defended them, everybody was watching,” Dabar wrote. “Really is this Fargo, the welcoming City!! This is the fifth incident happening in our community. This must be stopped.”
As of this writing, the video has been shared from Dabar’s account nearly two thousand times, and has received hundreds of comments.
One of those comments came from Hensley, whose Twitter account shows support of President Trump:
“It was not a Christian like thing to do AT ALL and wish I could take it back, but I lost my cool and I can’t. I am terribly sorry,” Hensley wrote in her post. “I just wish that the whole video could be shown. And the things that were stated before she starts taping. She had parked way too close to my car and I couldn’t get in, when I asked her to move she refused, I asked her again and she swore at me calling me a fat b-tch.”
“But there are absolutely no excuses. I am in tears with regret and will take any form of punishment deemed fit.”
Hensley’s employers apparently didn’t see any excuse for her actions either, and told the Herald that she would lose her job.
“Whenever she gets here, she will be let go,” a person at Fargo accounting firm Horab and Wentz told the Herald Wednesday. Hensley worked there as a CPA.
The hatred and anger that the video captures no doubt affirms many people’s fears about increasingly anti-immigrant attitudes in America. Still, it’s important to note that while these attitudes exist — and are often loudly expressed — they are not necessarily representative of the whole.
According to a 2015 study by the Public Religion Research Institute, Americans in general are more likely to say that recent immigrants strengthen society (50%) than they are to threaten it (34%). Americans aged 18-29 are the least likely of all subgroups studied to say that immigrants threaten American values (19%), whereas those aged 65 or older are the most likely to view immigrants as a threat (44%).