Afer confronting a Black YouTube influencer and using a racial slur, a realtor from Arizona had his license revoked by his realty company and was fired from his position.
Lilajdre was in the process of recording his latest motivation video when he and his videographer caught the incident on video.
You can watch the video here:
Instead of the motivational video he originally intended to make, Lilajdre found himself filming a video focusing on racism and taking things in stride in day-to-day life.
At the beginning of the video, the team was setting up in the street, primarily in empty parking spots, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
An Asian man approached the team, to which Lilajdre replied:
“What’s up? Why are you coming over here?”
The man, since identified as Paul Ng, replied:
“I wanted to see what you’re taking pictures of.”
“Why is it any of your business?”
Ng simply said:
“This is my home.”
Lilajdre explained that he lived in Scottsdale, as well, and did not understand why the man was intruding on their video session.
Ng seemed surprised and suggested:
“You know, we’ve had problems here.”
“I don’t care. You don’t know me.”
“Why are you taking pictures of me? I don’t know you.”
“Do you know a lot of White [people] are doing racist things in this world, sir?”
Ng smiled, pointed at his own chest, and said:
“No. I’m a racist.”
“Okay. That’s okay.”
“So what’s the issue?”
Ng said again:
“I’m a racist.”
“So what’s your point? Why are you here?”
Ng gestured around and said:
“Because this is a no [n-word] zone.”
“No, not really. This is not a no [n-word] zone. I’m here.”
Ng laughed in reply, and Lilajdre instructed him to step away, so they could finish their recording.
Lilajdre later published the video on his DreTv! YouTube channel in place of his latest Boss Talk podcast. He also shared a shorter version of the video on Instagram, and the video was quickly shared to other platforms, as well.
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s, the luxury real estate agency where Ng was employed, heard about the incident and took swift action.
The agency suspended Ng’s license and terminated his position. They also intend to review Ng’s commission history to see if there are any funds that should be given to charity instead.
“Upon learning of this video we took immediate action in severing his license, terminating his involvement with us effective immediately and condemning his disgusting behavior.”
You can read the full statement here:
— Russ Lyon SIR (@russlyon) October 26, 2020
Upon hearing the news, Twitter followers were quick to express their gratitude for the agency’s response.
Appreciate your organization taking quick action on this employee “Paul Ng” including reporting him to the appropriate governing agencies.
— AthenaCurryIsStillMissing (@TruthAndDaLight) October 27, 2020
What a fantastic and empathetic response. Kudos to you @russlyon! Much appreciated seeing how you responded, and so quickly.
— Jilly (@jillyking83) October 27, 2020
Nice work!!! pic.twitter.com/rqNe5L1O9Y
— The Babadook (@TheBabadook16) October 29, 2020
Thank you. This is very emotional because this kid could have been my son. The firing is justified. One thing that would be helpful for the blogger is providing a donation for racial trauma therapy and or counseling specifically.
— Mamisi Yoga (@MamisiGordon) October 27, 2020
I would hope that further follow through by your company would ensure that this man’s license is actually revoked. Racism is very real in this country and it’s getting tiring. Be a solution to the problem. Look within to study the individuals you hire.
— islyn (@islyneve) October 28, 2020
This is how you tell people you don't support racist – fire the racist, wreck his life and give his money to charity. Good job
— Armus (@armus75) October 27, 2020
It seems the deeper we get into 2020, the more racism reveals itself.
Given today’s culture of social sharing, however, it’s easier than ever to expose these people to their family, friends, neighbors and employers.