“I am not racist.”
This is what New York lawyer Aaron Schlossberg tweeted in an apology after becoming infamous for berating employees at a Midtown deli for speaking Spanish and yelling at customers for defending said employees.
In that May 2018 incident, a cell phone video of the event went viral as Schlossberg went off on Spanish speaking employees, assuming they were illegal immigrants and threatening to call authorities to get them deported.
“My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country,” he said. “If they have the balls to come here and live off my money — I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do — the least they can do — is speak English.”
In testing out the old adage of “actions speak louder than words,” Schlossberg ultimately release a statement via Twitter that was the exact opposite of his behavior; explaining one of the reasons he loved living and working in New York was for its diversity and “because of immigrants and the diversity of cultures immigrants bring to this country.”
Right Aaron, you’ll forgive us if we look at your tweet about diversity sideways especially when compared with the following statement?
“This is America! If they have the balls to come here and live off my money…I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do is speak English.”
Yes That’s Racist, Aaron Schlossberg.