Instagram user @carteruno, who goes by Mr. Carter on the app, posted a video of his encounter with a white woman who called him the n-word and accused him of "stealing" from her.
The 34-year-old father says he was picking up his children from his aunt's home when he parked in a resident-designated parking spot outside the apartment complex, drawing the ire of the elderly resident.
In the clip, the woman calls the police and defends her "constitutional right" to use racial slurs while Carter remains composed.
An officer responded to the call, ultimately expressing disbelief when Carter relayed the details of the altercation.
Commenters are praising Carter for his behavior during the tense situation.
As social media users continue to capture and post video footage of racist altercations, one father is sharing his experience of being accosted by a white woman who used the n-word and called the police over a parking spot.
Instagram user @carteruno, who goes by Mr. Carter on the platform, posted a video of a racist encounter with an elderly resident in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Highland, California. The video has since garnered attention from outraged viewers, the Daily Dot reported.
In the 10-minute clip, which appeared to follow an earlier, unfilmed altercation, the woman accuses the 34-year-old of "stealing" from her when he briefly parked his car in a resident-designated space while picking up his two sons from his aunt's home.
"You're still stealing from me," the woman says after accusing Carter of entering the apartment complex to "get a piece of ass."
"And you called me a n-----," Carter says.
"So? I've got a constitutional right to free speech," she responds. "I'm an American and proud of it. I don't have to leave America to go to Africa — like you guys have to leave Africa to come to America."
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Carter goes on to point out the historical inaccuracy in her comment and asks the woman to move her vehicle, which she used to block him in as he arranged car seats for his children.
Ultimately, she refused to move her vehicle and continued to chastise Carter, eventually involving another woman in the apartment complex who observed the altercation from her balcony.
"Is this your people again, illegally parking?" she asks her fellow resident.
"Are you fighting with me? No, don't fight with me," the resident can be heard responding from a distance. "They didn't take your space."
Eventually, a police officer approaches the scene, expressing disbelief when Carter relays the situation.
"No..." the officer responds when Carter mentions that the woman repeated her racial slurs once he began filming. "You're in her parking spot, you're just trying to get your kids."
Carter continues filming his interaction with the woman, explaining that he "accepts" her frustration over his choice of parking space.
"What I don't wanna accept is all this animosity and hate that you have in your heart," he says, adding that he hopes she has a "blessed day" and handles situations "differently" in the future.
"It's crazy how this lady just really went off on me and my boys, though," Carter concludes in the final moments of the video, panning to show his young sons in the backseat of his car. "It is what it is, right? Be careful out here, man. Racism is real, bro."
Editor's note: this video contains the use of racial slurs.
In just one week, the video has racked up thousands of views and comments from viewers outraged by the woman's behavior and impressed by Carter's response.
Several Instagram users praised his composure amid the racist tirade.
"You were amazing! God bless you and your family," one commenter wrote. "You gave your sons a mighty example of self-respect and courtesy."
"Shining example if class, dignity, restraint (cause i wanted to ....) and parenting for your young babies to see!!!" another wrote.
A representative for the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department similarly commended Carter's handling of the incident and confirmed that an officer witnessed it.
"The Sheriff's Department does not condone the use of any type of racial slurs. We commend the gentleman in this video for his demeanor and levelheadedness," the representative said in an email to Insider. "The deputy arrived at the location to assist and we are pleased the situation resolved peacefully."
Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from the San Bernadino County Sherriff's Department.
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