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Racist White Man To Skateboarders: ‘I’m A Racist, At Least I’m Something!’

A video has recently gone viral showing a White man accosting a group of kids skateboarding in San Pedro California. Why?

Because in the video, the man lists being a racist among his life’s accomplishments.

The group of teenage boys were skating in a corporate building parking lot. The man emerged from inside, from his office space, to tell the group of boys outside to leave.

However, since this was apparently their usual skating spot, they saw no reason to. In the video, one of the boys says they skate there every Wednesday.

The man starts yelling at the kids and claiming he has the “authority” to “do a police arrest” because they’re trespassing.

When they still refused, he began to yell racially based slurs at them while getting nose to nose with the kids.

“You Mexican piece of shit,” the man can be heard saying. To which some of the kids say the man’s comment is racist.

At which point, he says…

“I’m a racist, at least I’m something!”

The altercation was posted by Willie Galaz, who is the father of one of the boys. Mr. Galaz commented,

“What gave me the strength to post the video was the kid who was keeping his composure in that situation where he had a grown man yelling in his face. I guess he just looked around and was looking at the kid and started to judge the kid because he was Mexican, and I guess that’s the only thing he had at that time to put him down.”

The video can be seen below…

This is why @focusedsociety Is throwing the Sk8 Jam July 8th, Because This Is How Our Kids Get Treated Around Our Town. Please Repost This If You Care About Our Kids...

Posted by Willie Galaz on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

 

After the incident got some notice, the Twittersphere was having none of it…

Others felt that this behavior, especially directed toward people perceived as Mexican, gets validated from the top down…

The incident inspired Galaz to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 for an event that will give San Pedro area teens a place to skate where they don’t have to worry about being harassed. Private skate parks and ticketed events are often out of reach for economically disadvantaged kids.

The man has not yet been positively identified.

H/T: Twitter, Raw Story

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Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.