Oh, the irony.
A North Carolina woman caught spewing racist remarks twice within a three-day period in early July, who then died 10 days after her arrest, had a degree in criminal justice.
According to Rachel Ruit’s obituary in the Asheville Citizen-Times, the 41-year-old grandmother had earned the associate degree at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. It also mentioned that she had recently worked as a certified nursing assistant.
On July 4, Ruit was booked for assault, disorderly conduct and second-degree trespassing after physically attacking a Black teen and tearing a Muslim woman’s hijab, according to the Citizen-Times and a Facebook post by the Asheville Police Department.
“Less than two hours ago, white supremacist Rachel Ruit ripped my hijab off, bit my face and beat a Black teen after yelling racial slurs,” tweeted Nahlah Karimah on the same day Ruit was charged.
Eyewitness Ernesta Clark corroborated Karimah’s account. She claimed Ruit was ridiculing a female, Black teenager, telling the girl she ought to be “put down” and would be raped if she tried protecting herself. Clark then intervened after witnessing Ruit grab the young woman’s crotch.
“As I got close, I saw the woman attack (Karimah) and pull off the hijab,” Carter told the Citizen-Times. “Pepper spray started flying.”
In a July 1 recording posted on social media, Ruit was shown sitting on a park bench while hurling racist remarks at an African-American woman.
“I hate n------ and I f------ hate n------ loving whores like you, you f------ n------ child,” Ruit screeches in the bizarre, profanity-laced recording. “Now, let me see y’all t------ so I can f--- you in the a--, b----!”
“You gonna hit me?” the woman recording the video calmly asks the racist, who continues insulting the woman before bizarrely asking her to perform a sex act.
On July 13, Ruit was struck by a fire truck while trying to cross a street. She died the following day from her injuries.
Ruit is survived by her mother and stepfather, three children and a grandson, according to the death notice.