An unidentified white woman is seen on video shouting racial slurs at a black couple at a festival in Chicago.
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Ernest and Cassie Crim, both high school teachers in Chicago, said they were just looking forward to a weekend of adult fun at Chicago's Margarita Festival, one "last summer hurrah before we went back to school," according to Mic.

However, the site reports, the July 30-31 event turned sour after the couple, who are black, said they happened upon a white woman who hurled racial slurs at them and even spat in their direction.

The Crims recorded the hateful incident on camera and posted it to YouTube the following day. The video is labeled with a woman's name, and the couple told Mic that they are seeking charges against her.

Mic reports, however, that while the Chicago Police Department confirmed that festival security removed the woman from the event and that the Crims had filed a simple battery report against her, the department refused to release the woman's name.

According to Mic, the incident started when the woman approached the couple shortly after the two tried to join in on a game of cornhole, in which players toss small beanbags at a game board. Cassie Crim, 30, told Mic that they had moved to pick up a stray beanbag. The woman who was playing on the set next to them almost immediately began verbally attacking the couple.


"What's your problem? Say it again," Ernest Crim can be heard in the video telling the woman before she knocks his phone out of his hand. Ernest Crim picks up his phone and the woman starts shouting the n-word repeatedly.

"If you hit me, you're a [n—ger]," the woman taunts.

Two black people are seen standing on opposite sides of the white woman, and so Ernest Crim starts to question them: "What type of people are y'all?"


"It don't bother us," one of them responds.

As the video comes to an end, the white woman is seen spitting in the Crims' direction. According to Cassie Crim, the saliva landed on her arm.

Editor’s note: Video contains language and imagery that some may find offensive. 


"She was not drunk to the point of not being accountable for her actions," Cassie Crim told Mic.

"I feel like the history and the climate of this country had already nurtured the [anti-black] mentality that she had," Ernest Crim added.


The Crims said the encounter left them feeling discouraged and helpless as well as fearful of losing their teaching jobs and their two young children if they had responded to the woman with violence.

"I was humiliated after that," Cassie Crim said. "We had a lot to think about. We're educators. We're black. We had too much going for ourselves to stoop to that level."

Read more at Mic.