Susan Westwood has managed to avoid jail time despite video evidence of her threatening to get a gun on two innocent black women.
Hate has a curiously wide reach off late, and Susan Westwood had ridden the wave of viral infamy after her drunken racist rant against two black women surfaced online in a video back in October 2018.
According to NewsOne, two females from the Black community were waiting for AAA assistance after their car had broken down in an apartment complex parking lot in North Carolina. Westwood, 52, had gone on a racist rant and threatened to pull out her gun for no reason. Now she's been sentenced to probation and has avoided jail.
The woman who became known as “#SouthParkSusan” after a video of her harassing two African American women outside a #Charlotte apartment complex went viral pleaded guilty to her charges in court Wednesday. https://t.co/dg24GrmHQD— The Kore: Reloaded 🥁📰🗞️🔎 🇺🇸🌍 (@Reloaded_Kore) June 8, 2019
Westwood was facing the charges of simple assault and communicating threats. In the viral video, Westwood approaches the two females and begins questioning them - demanding to know why they are “congregating” in the parking lot.
One of the women was a tenant at the apartment building, which Westwood apparently doubted that a Black person could afford. She brags about earning $125,000 a year, adding that she’s “white” and “hot.”
In this week’s episode of ‘Racist Wypipo Going Wild’ Susan Westwood harasses Black women...— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 28, 2018
“I’m hot, I’m WHITE, and I make $125k/yr.....b*tch.”
Now she’s evicted, she’s WHITE, and she makes $0/yr because @SpectrumEntUS terminated her.
Have a great weekend Susan. pic.twitter.com/BEsoL96EX6
The Black women responded to Westwood’s abuse with dignity and decided to walk away. Even as they did so, Westwood screams, “Do I need to bring out my concealed weapon, too? This is North Carolina by the way.”
The duo of black women calmly asked Westwood to leave them alone and called 911 to report the incident.
#BREAKING UPDATE: The woman dubbed '#SouthParkSusan' was given 12 months probation, plus cost of court, and ordered to have no contact with the victims by a judge Wednesday in Mecklenburg County court. https://t.co/ije038WbuE— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) June 5, 2019
Westwood would go on to be fired from her job at the telephone and cable company Spectrum, who released a statement after they watched the video:
“The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter’s code of conduct and clearly disregards the company’s commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior,” a statement from Spectrum said.
Following the intense backlash from the video in October, during which she threatened to get a gun, local police in Charlotte issued a warrant for her arrest, but she could not be located until she turned up almost one month later.
#SouthParkSusan Have you seen her? If so, call 911 !!! @CMPD is looking for Susan Jane Westwood to serve the misdemeanor warrant for her arrest & 4 criminal summons. They have not been able to find her. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact 911. @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/gnPqvjg5qD— Erica Bryant (@EricaExclusive) October 31, 2018
And, in a predictable turn of events, Westwood managed to avoid prison time for something that Black defendant are routinely incarcerated for.
Westwood was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to the charges of misuse of the 911 system and two counts of simple assault. According to the Associated Press, a judge also ordered her to pay court costs and to continue to participate in “community support” meetings along with any recommended alcohol programs. Another light sentence for something that could have taken two black lives.
Susan Westwood, the woman also known as #SouthParkSusan, had a court appearance in reference to the charges she faces following a viral video that shows her harassing two women in south #Charlotte. For more details on the case click here: https://t.co/Bn4r2Vztjx #cltnews #WCCB pic.twitter.com/Vw9LYOhIiS— WCCB Charlotte's CW (@WCCBCharlotte) February 20, 2019
And yet people still wonder why gun-involved violence and the readiness of white individuals to assert their racism have never ceased in the U.S.