Editor's note: This story includes vulgarity that may be upsetting to some readers.
In a nation many people consider to be as divided as ever, it’s become easy to capture and share instances of division among each other on social media.
The latest unfortunate example is a racist tirade in Grand Junction against a Mexican-American family that was posted on Facebook Aug. 1.
The video begins mid-sentence, with an unidentified woman saying to another woman holding the camera: " ... be the wetback coming to get services, honey. You! Your kind."
"You're the ones that give brown people a bad name," the woman added.
The woman, later identified as Laura Bennett, spoke to KKCO, our sister station in Grand Junction.
"I'm Hispanic too, so I don't really think I can be racist if that's my own descent," Bennett said. "I used inappropriate words out of anger and frustration because that party was definitely taking this as an unimportant subject. It wasn't important to her, it wasn't important to the dog to let a full grown German Shepherd just sit in a vehicle and just pant away."
The video was posted by a Facebook user named Wendy Flores, who told 9NEWS it was her mother who was being berated by Bennett.
"This right here is what's wrong with the world. People acting out of spite and hate towards a different race. Judging someone without knowing them," Flores wrote on Facebook. "My mother is legal in the United States. My father has worked hard in the oil rigs so my mother can raise her children and give us a very privileged life."
Flores told 9NEWS the backstory goes like this: her mother and brother were at a Human Services clinic in Grand Junction for doctors' appointments.
She said they also had a dog in the car with the windows down for about 25 minutes while they were at the clinic. The family was going to get the dog vaccinated after their doctor visits. Flores said her brother had repeatedly checked on the dog during that time.
Flores said the woman, now identified as Bennett, first became upset regarding the dog in the car and eventually turned her rant into racist vitriol.
"Just f***ing want to get something for nothing. Get your ass a job if you don't have one," the woman said, snapping at Flores' mother when she spoke Spanish to defend her right to record her. "Speak English b***h. It's America. Put me on YouTube. Go for it."
Bennett says things turned ugly as they continued to film her.
"The other party wanted to just keep pushing a cell phone in our face. Just laughing, smiling about," Bennett told KKCO. "That turned it more into a show, like a mockery, rather than the task at hand." ( a reference to the dog in the car)
"Down with Mexicans that don't learn the language of the world," Bennett is also heard saying in the video.
"My parents have sacrificed so much, so much for us and it breaks my heart the way they get treated because of their broken English. I know they can speak English. And I know my mother understood every single word they said," Flores wrote. "These women are a disgrace to humanity over all. America is a diverse country. And that's what makes it such a wonderful place to be a part of. We are all human beings trying to survive. Remember that next time you are trying to bring yourself up by putting someone down."
Bennett admits she could have handled things better.
"I totally have regrets," she said. "I don't regret helping the animal, because that was the whole initial thought process for me even to get involved was to help this dog. My only regret is the language I used and my approach of how I handled the situation."
The video has been viewed more than 261,000 times on Facebook and has been shared by more than 4,700 people at the time this article was written.