When bits of leaves in Dexter Manawat's yard scattered into his neighbor's property, he expected the woman to have some terse words for him. He had seen her lose her temper in the past over seemingly mundane homeowner situations, like a ball rolling across property lines.
But he didn't quite expect the racial tirade the women, who is white, unleashed at him. As it began, he whipped out his cellphone and began recording. After, Manawat uploaded the 90-second video clip to his Facebook page in what soon became a viral post that showed his next-door neighbor yelling racist remarks at him on New Year's Eve.
In the video, which has since been deleted, Manawat, who is Filipino-American, was referred to an “orange m***erf***ker,” by the unidentified woman. She then added that he came from “some piece of s**t Manila ass f---ing ghetto living under a tarp piece of s**t land.”
She also told Manawat he's "too busy populating the world with more of your trashy people,” and to “go back to where you came from.” "If it weren't for Teddy Roosevelt needing a f—ing port in the Philippines, you'd be speaking Chinese or Russian now," she added.
Manawat isn't the only non-white America to suddenly find themselves confronted by raw racism in the aftermath of the presidential election that saw Republican Donald Trump take office with an unprecedented show of support from white supremacist. Since the November election, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported 701 incidents of harassment, including 206 involving anti-immigrant attacks. Meanwhile, a newly released FBI hate crime statistic, shows that there were 111 anti-Asian incidents in 2015, and 3.3 percent reported to be bias crimes against Asians.
"Many harassers invoked Trump’s name during assaults, making it clear that the outbreak of hate stemmed in large part from his electoral success," the Southern Poverty Law Center said in its report. "People have experienced harassment at school, at work, at home, on the street, in public transportation, in their cars, in grocery stores and other places of business, and in their houses of worship. They most often have received messages of hate and intolerance through graffiti and verbal harassment, although a small number also have reported violent physical interactions. Some incidents were directed at the Trump campaign or his supporters."
For Manawat, being the target of a racist attack was unexpected, he told International Business Times. He said he wasn't surprised that the woman, who has a history of being confrontational, would "go off," but he said he "never expected all the content that came out."
Now that Manawat's story has gotten viral, he said people are looking for the woman.
“There were a lot of people actively looking for her. Instead of looking for her, we need to pray for her. Pray that God softens her heart,” Manawat wrote on his Facebook page.
Manawat said he recorded the woman because in the past when they would get into altercations, she, "would always instigate ... instigate to have me physically retaliate," he said.
She also threatened to call law enforcement on Manawat if he ever hit her, so recording her was his way of, "documenting what is going on with me and my neighbor," he said.
"It's the only way I'll win," he continued. "It's her words against mine."
Since the woman's outburst on New Year's Eve, Manawat said he hasn't seen his neighbor. “She still has not come out of her house,” Manawat said.
Manawat said the woman has apologized on local news stations, but she hasn’t apologized to him directly.
"I stooped to the lowest possible denominator to hurt someone because I was angry," the unidentified woman told KTNV.
When asked if he wants an apology from her, Manawat said, “Sure. I know I might not get it.”
Last week's incident wasn’t the woman’s first time howling out derogating remarks at her neighbor. Manawat recalled that earlier last year, the woman told him to go back to the Philippines after a basketball rolled into her yard. He said he was shocked at the time because he was expecting a mere, "‘Don't do that again.’”
Since 1970, the Filipino population has grown nearly seven times in the U.S., from 336,731 to 2,364,815, making up almost one percent of the national population. Roughly 66 percent of American Filipinos live in the West, according to the United States Census Bureau.