Back again with a giant (?) above my head.
Was waiting for my partner to get some ice cream and I had the puppy with us, so I stepped off of Flatbush onto Maple where it was a bit quieter. Began working with the puppy on some obedience to keep her busy, when I was a approached by a nice man who engaged in simple conversation about our love of dogs, etc.
A little girl is playing nearby, screaming and yelling. Punching the air around the dog and generally being a, well, young child. She asked if she could say hello to the puppy-my response was, "yes of course. but be sure you come over quietly, dogs don't understand when we scream and act silly. but please, come say hi" (my normal response to children who ask to say hello..they need to learn how to properly approach dogs...no?) she starts to come over, excited and smiling when...
OUT OF NOWHERE a man comes by and tells the little girl to KICK my puppy, and to "not listen to a word that Cracker says" He continues to verbally harass me and my partner about me being white, with blonde hair and infesting his neighborhood like maggots. It continued, we ignored completely and didn't engage but what concerned me was how VIOLENT his threats became.
He followed us menacingly off the block, continuing the racial slurs and violent threats...discussing everything from physical violence towards me to a shotgun being used on my dog...
this is the 2nd time in as many months that I have been targeted directly for being blonde, white and living in the neighborhood.