A video of two unidentified, elderly white women berating a Burger King employee for speaking Spanish began circulating online on Sunday.
In the video, two women having a meal at a Burger King restaurant are heard saying, “You’re in America. You should speak American English”. When the employee says, “No ma’am, I don’t”, one of the women replies, “Yeah, yeah, go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish. Go back to your Mexican country, your state, your country”.
This prompts the employee, identified as Ricardo Castillo, to ask them to leave the restaurant. “Guess what ma’am, I’m not Mexican, but you’re being very prejudiced, and I want you out of my restaurant, right now,” Castillo, who was the general manager of the restaurant, can be heard saying.
The restaurant manager says ‘I’m not Mexican. I want you out of my restaurant, right now.’
The video from the fast-food outlet in Eustis, a city in Florida, was recorded by another customer who was dining there.
The argument between the women and Castillo started reportedly when they complained to Castillo after they heard one of the employees in the restaurant speaking Spanish.
While the video was shot in 2019, it was posted on Twitter by a popular account that goes by the name @Imposter_Edits, after which it again went viral.
Anti-Mexican sentiment is an attitude toward people of Mexican descent, Mexican culture, and/or Mexican Spanish and is mostly found in the United States.
Its origins in the United States date back to the Mexican and American Wars of Independence and the struggle over the disputed Southwestern territories. That eventually would lead to the Mexican American War in which the defeat of Mexico caused a great loss of territory. In the 20th century, anti-Mexican sentiment continued to grow after the Zimmermann Telegram, an incident between the Mexican government and the German Empire during World War I.