Sunny Hostin shared her experience with racism over the Fourth of July on "The View" this morning, tearing up as she explained how a group of youths allegedly hurled the n-word at her and her friends on the beach.
"You also cannot play charades while black on July 4th," she said midway through the show. "My family as I said have rented this house in a predominantly African American community. It has real history, it's the only place blacks were allowed to buy beachfront property in the country. We were there celebrating and some kids, about 20 of them, ran in front of our home and started yelling the n-word at us."
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She then shared video of the aftermath, "when we realized they were targeting us." In the cell phone clip, you hear Hostin ask a couple of the people on the beach, "Were you the ones yelling the n-word? Because that's harassment." In response, one of them said it wasn't them but a group who was there earlier. Another woman replied, "My brother and my dad are both activists."
"We called the police, I filed a police report," Hostin continued. "The police were wonderful they responded, they were just as outraged as we were." TooFab has confirmed Hostin did file a report with the Sag Harbor Police Department for fireworks and foul language and police responded to the alleged incident.
In addition to the n-word, Hostin also claimed, "They said, this is America, we are patriots, this is our holiday. Things like that."
"The African American community does have this feeling on July 4th, because African Americans weren't emancipated on July 4th, so they weren't independent then, but this area is supposed to be a safe haven, it's a place of pride and we found out later they targeted us specifically because of that community," she alleged. "They came from outside of the area. Some from Jersey, some from other parts of Long Island. What was shocking to me is, my friend Floyd, it ruined his week. He said this is supposed to be safe."
"I'm sorry," she continued, tearing up. "He started talking about the first time he was called the n-word and it was just, it was shocking that in this day in age that happened to us in that place ... it's very hurtful ... they broke my paddle board, they were kind of violent."
Whoopi Goldberg ended the discussion with a message straight to the camera. "We are Americans, we're all here together. you can yell the n-word all that you want, because it's not going to change the fact that we're here, white people are here, yellow people are here, this is our country our friends. and you can yell as much as you want and if you don't know your homework, you kind of look a little stupid."