Black Friday customer reportedly tells Hmong women to ‘speak the language,’ women fight back

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APPLETON, Wis. — Video of a woman telling two other women speaking a different language in a Walmart on Black Friday to “speak the language” is going viral.

USA Today reports that Jasmine Xiong, 22, was speaking to her mother in Hmong, when the woman walked up to them and said: “If you live here in America, speak the language.”

Xiong began to record the exchange that followed.

“I was really shocked and upset and offended that she would say something like that,” Xiong told USA Today. “I’ve never encountered something like that. I never thought I would.”

Xiong tells the woman the speech was racist, and the woman replies that it wasn’t. The woman said when she goes to Mexico, she takes a Spanish class.

“You don’t have to yell,” the woman says. “Fine, I’m sorry.”

“We’re speaking English right now, so walk away,” said Xiong. “You understand now.”

The video she posted on Facebook has been shared more than 4,000 times and watched over 339,000 times.

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