Ernest and Cassie Crim, a husband and wife team that are also high school teachers, were looking forward to Chicago’s Margarita Festival being held at the end of July for months. Unfortunately, a day that was supposed to kickoff the big wind-down to their summer took a very ugly turn.
The black couple were next in line for a game of cornhole,
After hurling a string of racial epithets at the couple, Ernest Crims pulled out his cell phone to being recording the confrontation and almost immediately had the phone slapped out of his hands by the woman, who would later be identified as Jessica Lynn Sanders.
Before the video ends, the woman spits at the Crims, managing to hit Mrs. Crim on the arm. Festival security removed the woman from the event, and Chicago police confirmed that the Crims have filed a simple battery charge against her.
The video was uploaded to YouTube, showing the gross level of offense the Crims were subject to for simply being there
Cassie Crims was understandably upset
“I was humiliated after that. 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.”
They believe that the recent racial tensions that have come to light nationwide were a contributing factor. In Chicago alone, racial hate crimes have gone from 13% to 24%, almost doubling between 2010 and 2014.
Ernest Crim, who uploaded the video, had this to say
“I feel like the history and the climate of this country had already nurtured the [anti-black] mentality that she had.
In this day and age, I just wanted to get her on camera so I can expose how ignorant she is and was.”