A white woman in Georgia is standing up for her rights and suing her former landlords over claims that they evicted her for having black guests at her rented home.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Victoria Sutton filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Patricia McCoy and her husband, Allen McCoy, over claims they shouted out racial slurs, threatened her with violence and evicted her after she invited a black co-worker and his child into her home for a play date with her two young daughters.
The lawsuit alleges that Allen McCoy called Sutton a “(racial epithet) lover” and said he would call child protective services for having a “(racial epithet) on their property.” He told her she had two weeks to move out.
However, Patricia McCoy said the racist claims are ridiculous because some of her “best friends” are black.
“I’ve got best friends that’s black people,” McCoy told the AJC.
Patricia McCoy claims the real reason she evicted Sutton and her children is because they were “nasty.”
“I kicked her out because she was so nasty,” McCoy told the Associated Press. “It was because of nastiness, tearing up everything and having a cat in the house when I told her she couldn’t have no animals.”
According to a recording Sutton captured after asking Patricia McCoy to change her mind, McCoy can allegedly be heard yelling out the racist slurs.
According to the filing, Patricia McCoy can be heard on the recording telling Sutton that she didn’t “put up with (racial epithets) in my (house) and I don’t want them in my property.” When Sutton told Patricia McCoy she had not “done anything to deserve this,” Patricia McCoy is accused of saying: “Maybe you like black dogs, but I don’t. So just get your stuff and get out.”
According to AP, when asked if she didn’t want black people on her property, Patricia McCoy said,
“I told her I didn’t want nobody out of the trailer park on my property because they’re drug pushers.”
She denied saying the racial slur.
The lawsuit says when Sutton told McCoy that she’d done nothing wrong and would tell a judge, Patricia McCoy threatened to “stomp the (expletive) out” of her. Sutton’s attorneys tell the AJC that their client’s case is a “blatant” one of racial housing discrimination in violation of the federal Civil Rights Act and the federal and state of Georgia Fair Housing Acts.
“This blatant racial discrimination happened to be caught on tape,” Sean J. Young of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia—one of the legal organizations to file suit on Sutton’s behalf—said. “However, people of color face discrimination in all walks of life even when racist motives are more carefully hidden.”