White woman who beat up a racist is being dubbed a hero by the internet
Though our society has made significant strides towards tolerance and acceptance over the years, it is clear to most that there is still some distance left to be travelled.
Sadly, racism is still prevalent in our culture, an uncomfortable truth highlighted by the regrettable scenes in Charlottesville of late. Indeed, with social media platforms, racist ideas can be more easily spread than ever before - though in fairness, it must be said that hopeful, more benevolent ideals can also be spread more widely by the same token.
It is a sad fact of such social platforms, though, that often the most divisive, incendiary opinions gain the most attention, and more could surely be done to temper the hateful messages most of us will have read at times online.
The issue of how best to tackle racism and racist ideas in society is a clearly complex one, and there does not appear to be one cut and dry answer, though in the interests of logic and sense, combating hate by peaceful means is surely a good place to start.
Peaceful protest has the power to engender meaningful change, but one woman appears to have gone about fighting racism in a rather more literal sense.
Reportedly, Colleen Dagg was in a hotel lobby when she witnessed another woman exhibiting racist behaviour. Several news reports have suggested that the woman had made racist comments about a Haitian man. The Daily Mail reports that Dagg then took her shoes off, an act that was ridiculed by the woman, who said, "You gonna hit me with one of your shoes? I'm gonna f***** shoot you in your f****** face", according to the Mail.
It wasn't long before fisticuffs ensued, with Dagg "pummelling" the purportedly racist woman, until hotel staff and police arrived on the scene.
The original video has since been taken down from the internet, though others have since surfaced. The original uploader reportedly captioned the footage;
"Ok so lady in the blue sundress said something super racist about how "you know these Haitians" and sis in the gray was not having it. She then lied to the police and said the other girl started it, when everything was caught on video."
Meanwhile, internet users appear to have sided very much with Colleen Dagg over the incident, with comments on Twitter ranging from, "I love this", to "Can twitter work it's magic and find the lady in the gray so I can thank her".
Of course, it is worth pointing out that violence is not a sensible course of action in the majority of circumstances, and those who witness racist behaviour would be well advised to contact officials in lieu of attempting to meet out justice on their own.
The internet, though, seems utterly taken with Colleen Dagg, who has since responded to all the attention a social media post of her own.
One thing is for certain, Dagg has certainly made her point.