This needs to be investigated. If true, Speaker Howell must fire this woman. If untrue, she should sue whoever is sending around this email.
I'm reporting this in hopes of getting to the truth either way:
"Hello. My name is Tanya Smith and I am a concerned citizen contacting you with a issue I think is of great importance. It is concerning the behavior of someone I believe to work for the General Assembly. I had had a family emergency at MCV downtown and had to stay up quite late with family members young and old. As we left the hospital about 3 am Saturday night, we decided to eat at one of the local restaurants in downtown Richmond. We chose the Third Street Diner.
As we ate, two drunken girls came into the diner and made a disturbance. The girls were white, tall, and slender. They said they were celebrating a birthday and one in the blue dress exposed her breasts to a male. They were each also very drunk. Somehow, they got into a verbal feud with 4 African American ladies sitting at the bar, over the last bar stool. I did not care about this.
What happened next very much concerned me. The white girl with a blue shiny dress got into the face of the african american lady and said, "I work for the fucking speaker of the house of delegates and I'll have your black ass put in jail, do you have any fucking idea who I am, I am alexis feldt" (or alexus felt- I am not sure- but it sounded like felt with a d on the end). I could not believe this behavior. The african american ladies tried to turn away and the white girl said, "Fuck these 'blacks' (except she didn't use the term black- she used the n work). Alot of people stood up thinking a fight was going to happen, and one of the young teens at my families table next to mine took a phone video of the whole thing, if you would like to see it. I am of mixed heritage so when racial slurs are used I am very offended. My 6 year old child then asked me out loud what a (n word) was. It was very awkward and terrible to say the least. Imagine what you do, and how you would feel, if after a long night of being on pins and needles at the hospital with a very sick loved one, you try to take your family to get a bite to eat, and end up exposing your child to the work "nigger". I was very upset.
The male manager of the diner intervened, and managed to seperate the white girl from the group of african american ladies before anything else happened. The white girls then were seated at the table next to mine where I heard them drunkenly go on and on about "black people" (they used the n word) multiple times. As a parent I wanted to ask them to stop using that word.
I am contacting the general assembly so that you can find out if this person does indeed work for you, and if they do, it is my hope they are disciplined appropriately. I am not so much concerned this person was drunk in public, as I am at the offensive racism and arrogance displayed by them. I am very angry my 6 year old child has heard the term "nigger" and heard it in the context of a white person using it in a negative way towards a african american person. My friend has a video of this whole incident on her phone if you would like to see.
I would be happy to talk to you on the phone also.
Thank You and please notify me,
Tanya H. Smith"