The video is brief, just 30 seconds, but in it, a woman named Sierra Dawn Measelle goes on a racist and xenophobic rant at a young Asian woman who records the incident.
Some say Measelle sounded drunk. Some mock her for her xenophobic rhetoric against Asians while driving a Hyundai. Some, stunned by her racism and xenophobia, are defending their city, Portland, arguing she does not represent PDX. Some are slinging because she’s been identified as a stripper. Others posted her mug shot from a 2013 arrest for disorderly conduct and drug possession.
People are angry and have come for Measelle, 29, for her hate speech.
But the woman who recorded the racist attack aimed at her is asking people to not threaten Measelle despite her bigotry.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. In the Video Measelle Tells Selina Cairel She’s an ‘Illegal’ and Her Parents ‘Worked in Dirt’
This just happened in Portland, Oregon. Racism exists. Y’all gotta wake up, can’t believe this happened in my own city. Her name is Sierra Dawn Measelle and she’s a stripper at the Stars in Bridgeport. RT and get this spread. pic.twitter.com/CJF0NLQXU8
— Ozzy (@OsccBreezy1) September 13, 2018
In the video of two white women in a Hyundai, the passenger trying to obscure her face with her hair, the driver, Measelle, leans over to engage with Selina Cairel and her friends.
“Before you say anything you might want to make sure you’re actual legals and then call the cops,” she says.
Cairel and her friends ask, call the cops “about what?”
Measelle says: “You’re illegals crossing the border. And your parents probably had to work in fucking dirt just to get here.”
Cairel says this is what she has to deal with “in Portland.”
2. Cairel Posted the Video to Facebook, Albeit Reluctantly
“I normally don’t share anything around here but I’m very upset,” Cairel posted on Facebook.
She explained that she was out with friends and “had a terrible encounter with a girl who was saying the nastiest most racist thing possible.”
Cairel said that after “wasting my breath trying to knock some sense into her I just let her speak. It started when she had said in the most demeaning poor excuse of a supposed ‘Asian’ accent that she’s Asian, she ‘can’t see that’s why (she) can’t drive.’”
Cairel said she happened to be parked next to her and “did not instigate this at all.”
“She was the one to pull out her phone first saying, ‘This should go on Instagram’ and started recording me. I literally just got back to my car from getting some Voodoo donuts and just wanted to go home. I never let this pass and wanna make sure this kind of behavior is seen and how people of color encounter this all the time. I wanna make sure she gets seen and her racist, ignorant behavior is exposed.”
3. Furious Folks on Social Media, Many Oregonians, Outed Measelle Not Unlike a Steady Stream of White Women Whose Racist Rhetoric is …read more