Tressy Capps recently questioned a Hispanic woman about flying a Mexican flag in the front yard of her Ontario, Calif., home.
Capps was driving by the woman's home when she saw the flag, stopped her car, recorded her confrontation with the homeowner on her cell phone and posted it on YouTube (video below).
“Hi. Is that a Mexican flag in your front yard?” Capps asks the woman, noted KCAL9.
“You know we live in America right? This is the United States. So, why are you flying a Mexican flag in your front yard?” states Capps.
"That's really disrespectful because we live in the United States of America, not in Mexico," says Capps.
"Oh, okay," says the woman, who then explains, partially in English and partially in Spanish, that she has one Mexican flag and one American flag.
"I kinda think you should take that down," replies Capps.
“This is America. Maybe you can move to Mexico if you want to fly your Mexican flag. Does that make sense?” Capps adds. "This isn't Mexico, this is America. We have the Stars and Stripes."
“I don’t think it’s offensive because this flag doesn’t do anything,” the neighbor's husband, Sigifredo Banuelos, told KCAL9 (video below). “We decide. We have one American and one Mexican [flag]."
However, Capps countered, “I was offended. I was pretty upset, but I couldn’t understand her."
Capps, who is a City Council candidate in Fontana, Calif., has lost her job at Coldwell Banker and received threats since the video went viral.
"We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind," David Siroty of Coldwell Banker Real Estate told NBC Los Angeles. "We hold our affiliated companies to high ethical standards. Each of our franchised companies is independently owned and operated and we fully support the local owner's decision to disassociate this independent agent from the brokerage firm and, by extension, our franchise system."
However, Siroty didn't explain where discrimination appears in the video.
“I don’t understand what all the hatred is about," said Capps. "Why everyone is labeling me these names. Racist? I don’t understand why everyone is so angry.”