A Columbus man is speaking out after a local contractor called him n****r several times outside of his home over a traffic disagreement.
“A man followed me from the interstate exit to my house, and then proceeded to berate me with the most disrespectful word to any African American,” wrote Charles Lovett in the caption of the photo he took.”
The driver of the company car, Jeffrey Whitman of Uriah’s Heating, Cooling, & Refrigeration, was upset because he thought Lovett cut him off in Morse Road traffic near I-71 and Sinclair Road.
“I just want to let you know what a n****r you are,” Whitman said to Lovett.
He continued the offensive name calling, saying, “You’re a rude n****r.”
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He then asked Lovett, “You got a job?” and “You paid for that?” in reference to his car, reports ABC6.
The confrontation about the traffic right of way goes on for a few more minutes before Lovett eventually tells Whitman, “Have a good day, sir. Enjoy your life.”
In response to the video which has 1.2 million views and has been shared more than 35,000 times, Whitman issued the following statement, per ABC6:
“To Charles Lovett and the community,
I apologize for my use of the n word towards Charles Lovett on Tuesday, July 24th. I understand that using the n-word was not only hurtful towards Lovett as an individual, but hurtful towards the Black community at large. Using the word was dehumanizing, unacceptable, and inexcusable. My actions reflect an unhealthy mindset I have developed and I need to work to change. I have served the Black community for the last 9 years, installing furnaces and water heaters with pride. My actions that day are not a reflection of my feelings towards the Black community. I also understand that racial tensions in America are higher than before, and I regret my part in contributing to that tension. I realize that words are hollow without action, and because of the hurt I have caused, I hope I have the opportunity to give back to the Black community that I have harmed in a meaningful way.”