Woman who beat up racist explains why she did it

Ms Cortts reportedly aimed a racist remark at a Haitian football team.
Ms Cortts reportedly aimed a racist remark at a Haitian football team. Photo credit: YouTube

A Florida woman has spoken out about why she beat up a racist woman, as seen in a video seen by millions.

The video shows 23-year-old Colleen Dagg repeatedly punching 39-year old Summer Cortts, after Cortts reportedly made a racist statement towards Haitians.

Ms Dagg told NBC there was a soccer tournament taking place at the hotel, and a group of Haitian boys and their mothers were in the lobby.

"I'm a white person, I'm walking out of the elevator and I see a white lady standing at the desk talking to a white clerk saying, 'You guys need to do something about these wet floors over here, you know how these Haitian people are.'"

Ms Dagg said Cortts' comment reinforced that stereotype that Haitian people are more likely to sue.

"Who was she to say that? What was even the point of saying that? Why do you have to be nasty?

"She told me don't worry about it because I'm not black."

In the video, Ms Dagg is seen taking her shoes off as Cortts swears at her and threatens to shoot her in the face.

"I'm taking my shit off so that if she puts her hands on me, I can defend myself," Ms Dagg says.

After Cortts gets right up into Ms Dagg's face and grabs her neck, Ms Daggs repeatedly punches her, yelling "You put your f***ing hands on me, you say some racist-a** sh*t!" until three men break up the fight.

In the video, Cortts claims she's three months pregnant.

"I don't know why you was in my face like that then," Ms Dagg replies.

The video ends as police arrive and begin taking Cortt's information. 

"It's my job as a white person to correct another white person," Ms Dagg said.

Ms Dagg expanded on her reasoning in an Instagram post.

Police concluded Ms Dagg was acting in self-defence since she was hit first. Police officials said Cortts was given a notice for disorderly conduct, but Ms Dagg didn't want to press charges.

The video has clocked up almost 1.3 million views since being posted to YouTube last Wednesday (local time).