Colleen Dagg has become a viral sensation after using her fists to combat racism.
NBC Miami reports that the 23-year-old Dagg was visiting the Coral Springs La Quinta Inn when she heard another woman, 39-year-old Summer Cortts, making racist comments about Haitians. Video of the resulting altercation between Dagg and Cortts has already been viewed over half a million times since being posted earlier this week; some are applauding Dagg for taking action, while others are criticizing her for getting physical.
In the video, Dagg can be seen sitting and removing her shoes while Cortts paces in front of her.
"I'm taking my sh*t off so that if she puts her hands on me I can defend myself," Dagg can be heard telling someone off camera.
When Cortts gets in Dagg's face and throws the first punch, things begin to move at a frantic pace, with Dagg quickly overpowering Cortts, who later claimed to be pregnant, and reprimanding her for saying "racist sh*t."
Dagg later explained her side of the story in an interview with NBC Miami.
"I heard something she said and walked out of the building and thought about it for a second and walked back inside to the counter calmly and asked her if I heard her correctly, just like I'm talking to you, no attitude. She said 'don't worry about it, I'm not black,'" Dagg said. "[She said] 'you guys need to do something about all these wet floors over here, you know how these Haitian people are.' To me she was inferring that Haitian people are more likely to sue somebody than another race."
Dagg went on to further explain her point of view in an Instagram post, writing, "This is a young country built on racism. Black people have been disenfranchised for over 250 years. The faster white people accept and validate the truth, the closer we'll come to a place of peace and understanding."
Once police arrived at the scene, Cortts was charged with disorderly conduct and inciting an affray; simple battery could have been added to the list, but Dagg chose not to press charges, WPLG Local 10 reports.
"I know how it would feel, how I would feel if I were all over the internet doing something embarrassing, or having something embarrassing so I feel bad for the lady," Dagg said. "I hope she learned her lesson and I hope a lot of people learn from it."
[Photo: Instagram, Youtube]