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Woman's Racist Rant At IHOP: 'We Speak English In America' (Video)

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A man captured a woman on video at a Koreatown IHOP going on a long, racist rant about how people in America need to speak English, not Spanish. He says it all started simply because his mother was speaking Spanish.

Carlos Vasquez shot the three-minute video on his cell phone last Friday. Although the clip starts midway through the rant, Vasquez told NBC Los Angeles that it all began because his mother, Norma Vasquez, was speaking Spanish, and the woman interrupted them to give them her two cents.

The video starts with Carlos saying, "You can't say that to my parents. They speak English—not perfect—but they speak it."

Things get heated as Norma, visibly upset, defends herself by telling the woman she isn't trash, that she works cleaning restrooms in offices, and that the woman is stupid. The woman goes on about how Norma needs to go back to Spain. Mind you, Norma immigrated from El Salvador to the U.S. 30 years ago.

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Carlos calls the woman out for being racist, telling her his mother isn't from Spain. "Spanish is from Spain," the woman says. "I've been to Spain, so I know." (Um...sounds like an expert.)

She also says, "We speak English in America."

Norma, who's nearly in tears by this point, says, "I speak English. Not good, but I speak English."

The woman continues her long lecture, talking about her fears of Nazis telling us what to do, which gets a little confusing. "We want English in the United States," she reiterates before saying, "We don't want Nazis back. We don't want Castro back."

Norma later told NBC Los Angeles that she felt "awful" and "worthless" when the woman talked down to her. The woman hasn't been identified, but apparently she's a regular at that IHOP, so you may run into her if you go to that restaurant.