One of the partygoers at the pool party in McKinney, Texas that ended in violence and mayhem is finally speaking out about the ordeal. Get this — she was slapped in the face by one of the adults, starting the physical side of the fight. The more we hear about this story, the worse it becomes.
Tatiana, 19, was one of the African-American teens attempting to enjoy themselves at their neighborhood pool on June 5, until caucasian adults began hurling racial insults — and in poor Tatiana’s case — slaps. How disgusting! Tatiana recalled her story in a moving interview.
Tatiana spoke eloquently in an interview with a photojournalist recalling that her encounter with a woman at the pool sparked the physical side of the ordeal. The woman was insulting some of her friends, using statements that many believe were racially based. And they were right.
“Some lady was saying some racial slurs to some friends at the cookout,” Tatiana said in the interview. “She was saying things such as ‘black effer,’ and ‘that’s why you live in Section 8 homes.'”
Tatiana attempted to defend herself and some of the younger teens, telling the woman, named Kate, that she wasn’t allowed to speak to them that way. At that point Kate, enraged, slapped Tatiana in the face. How dare she! You’re so strong, Tatiana.
Many were outraged when footage circulated of police officers in McKinney, Texas descending upon the pool party, terrorizing teens and arresting them — seemingly without provocation. The most stunning image was a caucasian officer with his gun drawn, sitting on a 14-year-old girl in her bikini as she lay facedown in the grass. In one of the most viral videos of the incident, you can hear Tatiana screaming “I have freedom of speech” in the background as the incident occurs.
As more information becomes available about the Texas pool party, it only becomes clearer how insane — and terrible — this situation was for all teenagers involved.
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— Samantha Wilson